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JOMBA! Open Horizons and Youth Open Horizons Public Platform

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Highlights from the past winning dance films at JOMBA!
Highlights from the past winning dance films at JOMBA!

The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities will host the 24th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience from 30 August to 11 September 2022.

The festival boasts a unique blended format of both live and online events.

The festival has now opened submissions for the two public access platforms for 2022: the JOMBA! Open Horizons (formerly the JOMBA! FRINGE) and the JOMBA! Youth Open Horizons (formerly the JOMBA! Youth Fringe).

The JOMBA! Open Horizonswill continue as a digital event in 2022 providing an opportunity for dance-makers to present their digital/dance film work for showcasing at the festival.

‘Focus is being placed on looking at the intersection of dance and film and the growing body of digital-dance choreography. Submitted works are adjudicated by a jury and the top films are selected for screening. JOMBA! is opening submissions in both long and short form. Submissions are invited from African dance-makers whether on the continent or living in the diaspora,’ said Dr Lliane Loots, JOMBA! Director and UKZN Dance lecturer.

The top eight long form films will be screened, followed by the announcement of the top three in both the long and short form categories which comes with cash prizes: long form: 1st: R3500, 2nd: R2500, 3rd: R1500 and for short form: 1st: R2000, 2nd R1500, and 3rd: R1000. All short form films will be available to view with low data usage on YouTube and Facebook.

The JOMBA! Youth Open Horizon will be offered as a live event at JOMBA! and submissions to participate are open to any youth dance group – in any style of dance – for dancers under the age of 16. The festival is open to Pantsula, Hip-Hop, Bharatha Natyam, Ballet and Contemporary.

All criteria and information about submissions as well as online application forms can be found at https://jomba.ukzn.ac.za/open-horizons.

Submission for both the JOMBA! Open Horizons and JOMBA! Youth Open Horizons closes on Friday, 8 July 2022 at 17h00.

Queries can be submitted via email to jombafestival@gmail.com.

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