Montagu Music, Arts, Dance and Drama Youth Arts Festival


The much anticipated annual Montagu Music, Art, Dance and Drama Festival (MMADD) is celebrating its 20th year.

Hosted by the Rural Arts Development Foundation (RAD) from 12-22 August in Montagu on Route 62, MMADD provides an adjudicated performance platform for primary, high school and tertiary education institutions in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The festival categories are music, art, craft, photography, dance, literature, poetry, drama and puppetry. with the Heritage theme.

The festival event was started in 1995 by Montagu High teachers, the local tourism office and volunteers, and has grown in strength over the past 20 years. RAD engages rural youth in all forms of visual and performing arts and offers an excellent opportunity for talented youth to have a performance platform and gives developing talent the chance to network with artists and professionals from all over the province. Last year the festival attracted over 1,000 entries from 62 schools.

Trophies will be awarded to individuals and groups in their respective sections. Other prizes include Master Classes with Emile Minnie, Brigitte Reeve-Taylor, Laresa Perlman, as well as tickets to performances at, High School Jam, Artscape by Cape Town Opera, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Cape Town City Ballet.

The festival’s opening event will be held at the Montagu Museum Gallery on 12 August, where guests can view an exhibition of art by all the entrants, meet the trophy winners and the art adjudicators.

The music and dance programme will run from 12-15 August with choir performances, orchestra and ensembles, followed by the dance and music prize giving. The drama programme takes place from 19-22 August with the prize-giving event taking place on 22 August at the Montagu NG Church Hall.

Daily tickets are available at the door or via Computicket.