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LIVE: The Hunter’s blend of cultures

THE universal language of the arts is bringing a diverse array of cultures together in the Hunter.
Nanjing Night Net

This local cultural celebration will all come together when Halala the City of Newcastle 2012 hits town.

Halala – meaning “celebration” – will be a vibrant music and dance extravaganza.

The exciting night of performance, hosted by the Hunter African Communities Council, allows local youth to share the stage and join in friendship with indigenous performers and professional talent.

In a showcase of diverse cultural traditions, audiences will enjoy collaborations of African, Indian and Aboriginal music and dance.

The dancing will include modern and traditional pieces from various parts of Africa, Indian classical, folklore, Bollywood and belly dancing, as well as collaborative and fusion styles, traditional and contemporary American hip hop and more.

Concert-goers can also expect a circus performance that will mimic an Indian market scene, a range of African instruments, and the mental health consumer choir Under Construction.

Dizu Plaatjies – a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and the son of a traditional healer – will travel from South Africa to perform on the night.

While here, he will also facilitate a range of workshops for youth.

Artistic director Savitri Naidoo said the production aimed to break down barriers and bridge gaps in the community.

In doing so, she said it would promote social cohesion, respect and tolerance among different cultures.

“Newcastle is already a hub of cultural activity – we are just taking that to a professional level,” she said.

“Traditional performance and dance will get lost if we don’t foster it.”

Acting as a youth development program, Halala also teaches young performers about costume design, performance and presentation, lighting, catering, and other aspects of productions.

■ Halala the City of Newcastle 2012 will return to Hunter Theatre, Cameron Street, Broadmeadow on Saturday, October 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $20 or $17 for group bookings of more than 10 people. To purchase one, go to hspa.nsw.edu.au, phone the Hunter School of Performing Arts on 4952 3355 or contact Shakila Kader on 0409 153 912 or at [email protected]南京夜网.

COLOURFUL MIX: Dancers prepare for Halala the City of Newcastle 2012. Back row from left: Sakshi Mehta, Regina Kamand, Mayeni Kamara, and Kaanchi Bavle. Front: Sifa Birindwa and Joy Rugaruza.

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