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Festival of Fame
– the country’s leading
Youth Arts Festival

Winner of the 2014 BASA
(Business & Arts SA)
- Increasing Access to the
Arts Award for its corporate sponsor, RMB!

The Festival of Fame, now in its 14th year, is a fabulous 5-day celebration of all forms of the arts presented by the National School of the Arts in partnership with the South African chapter of ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People) at the NSA and The Joburg Theatre complex. The diverse and dynamic programme of NSA & award-winning professional dance, drama & music productions and extraordinary art exhibitions and installations offers something for everyone from 8 – 80!

Annually more than 5 000 learners from across Gauteng (and as far afield as Cape Town and Zimbabwe) spend a day at the Festival, entranced by the magical productions and being inspired in their own creativity, while developing them as the audiences and consumers of South Africa’s arts and creative industries of the future. For these learners, Festival of Fame adds a vibrant and memorable dimension to the high school Creative Arts curriculum.

Hosts of Gauteng arts lovers also attend the Festival, attracted by the low ticket prices for top quality productions and enchanted by the glimpse into the talents of the young people who will go on to become the future leaders and luminaries of the South African arts landscape.

R80 affords a full day of performances and exhibitions staged by both professionals and learners (R60 for block bookings). All evening & weekend shows at The Joburg Theatre only R100 a ticket.

Festival of Fame is a feast of family-friendly entertainment.

11 March 2015 to 15 MARCH 2015




Directed by Janna Ramos – Violante

Executive Producer: Mark Hawkins

Musical Direction by Marten Van Wyk of the National School of the Arts

Choreographed by Charlie Van Rooyen

Designed by Wilhelm Disbergen

Lighting Design by Nic Michaletos

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film & TV series, Fame-The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva - now known affectionately to the planet as "Father Fame" - this high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other fabulous and much-loved numbers.

The show follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission to their graduation. All their struggles, fears, and triumphs - from prejudice to substance abuse - are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance.

Fame is an international sensation that continues to reach new generations of performers and audience members. This vibrant modern-day production features learners from NSA alongside professional actors including Jonathan Taylor, Dean Roberts , Helen Dubois and Lala Tuku.