Paul Modjadji: Dare to dream keeps youth out of taverns
Celebrities to host entertainment workshops in Hammanskraal.
Musicians Bucie Nqwiliso and Candy Tsa Mandebele, together with filmmaker Wandile Molebatsi, are among the celebrities who will be part of the fifth edition of the annual Dare To Dream Art Workshops in Hammanskraal, Tshwane.
The workshops, which started yesterday and will run until December 15, are the brainchild of two-time world dance champion and philanthropist Paul Modjadji, who is determined to change South African society through giving back his experience and expertise to the youth.
The workshops were launched in 2011 as a drive to get young people off the streets during school holidays and to cater to young people who have a keen interest in the arts. Since their inception the workshops have reached over 5 000 young people within Hammanskraal and surrounding areas.
"The success of the workshops proves that young people in our townships are not fully engaged and stimulated in ways they would prefer to be stimulated," said Modjadji.
"The reason we see young people scattered around our streets and often lured to taverns is because they have very few other options. The Dare To Dream Art Workshops celebrate all the artists and creatives who donate their time for the initiative. These are artists who care about the next generation and want to inspire a culture of success and excellence among young people. For that, we acknowledge them as true stars, who bring light and hope to our community."
It's been a great year for Modjadji - two weeks ago he was awarded the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award in Cape Town. In August, he was honoured with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Young Leaders Award, an award he received from President Barack Obama in Washington DC. - Citizen reporter.
- The Dare To Dream Art Workshops will take place at the Makgoba Sebothoma Hall in Hammanskraal, Tshwane from today until December 15.
- Other celebrities who have previously lended their support to the workshops include DJ Sbu, talk show host and model Refilwe Modiselle and actress Harriet Manamela.
- He choreographed Africa's first dance film, Hear Me Move.
- In 2013 he became the first African dancer to win the European Star Dance Union World Championships in the solo jazz category in Croatia.
- Through the Dare To Dream Foundation, Modjaji has given dance classes to more than 10,000 young people across South Africa.
- He hopes to raise enough funds in order to build dance academies in South African townships. "If we want to effectively remove young people from the streets and fight the drug scourge that is affecting the youth of today, we need to start with creating cool spaces for young people to gather and engage with each other in ways that are both creative and stimulating."