GauFestival, a community-based project in the heart of Tshwane run by a
registered non-profit organisation, was launched in October 2016. The project
includes many art forms and has an international flavour. The Board is made up
of City of Tshwane representatives, various theatres, the law firm Couzyn,
Hertzog and Horak, art galleries and various community projects.
The purpose of the GauFestival is to bring together
all who are involved in the arts, as well as the community of Tshwane and the
GauFestival aims to create awareness of the arts in our community and
to set up a platform for all developing and existing artists. Expect art
exhibitions, theatrical productions, musical performances and more from local
In support of
the activities of GauFestival this year, a key event called “Trees are Life”
was hosted at the Brooklyn Theatre yesterday. This was a school prize-giving
ceremony to award the most talented primary and high school learners who
participated in the “Trees are Life” competition, which also goes well with
Arbor Month, September. The drum beats and the marimba performance by the
Protea Boys and Girls Club created an overwhelming vibe during the ceremony.
Some may celebrate
Arbor Day, Arbor Week or Arbor Month, but trees are important all year round,
and they have been so for years gone by and will be so for years to come. The
value of trees is so often underestimated. Truth is, we cannot live
without them; we have no other option but to care for them.
the learners, one of the speakers mentioned the importance of
planting trees, and emphasised that we must create awareness of the value of trees and
the vital role they play in terms of beauty, building materials, food,
medicine, well-being, etc. The speaker also encouraged communities to hold
The Trees are
Life awards were given in the following categories:
Essay and poetry
rewarded the champion trees prize winners, whose trees had to be situated on
their school grounds. The prize was shared by Barnato High School and Berea
Primary School for planting the magnificent cork oak (Quercus Suber).
concluded with a tree-planting ceremony at the garden of Brooklyn Theatre.
GauFestival takes place in 14 venues around Tshwane until 7 October 2018.
Concert tickets range from R80 to R190 per
For more information about GauFestival 2018 and
ticket sales, go to www.gaufestival.com.