The Education Sector, Schools and After-Schools workshops
A very high demand exists in the formal educational sector for cultural education such as that provided by Indigenous People. Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from
Schools provide the backbone audience of the organisation, hosting performance/demonstrations of about 45-60 minutes to begin the day, followed by workshops of class sized groups of about 30 children. Primary schools, in both rural and urban areas, with children aged 5-11, provide about 90% of work in schools, although colleges of further education, particularly those with courses in music and dance, will also be targeted in the future. The performers, supported by a narrator show the children how the music and dance is structured and inspired, as well as providing them with an opportunity for them to join, helping to generate an energy of enthusiasm for the workshops to come.
Workshops are also be offered in the after-school period or during the evening at youth/community centres in partnership with the after-school programmes of local schools, youth clubs and other local community groups such as the scouts, guides, cubs or brownies. Evening classes for adults are also popular.
The quality of art and culture on the
The audience at these events is composed of a variety of age groups, with families well represented alongside the 18-35 group. The majority has above average disposal incomes and is interested in exploring non-western or alternative cultures. While the growth in demand for ethnic culture is to a certain extent very encouraging, many of the consumers or traders of ethnic products have regrettably little or no regard for the social, cultural or economic context within which their consumption or trade takes place. Of particular concern is the extent to which relatively prosperous, middle class followers of the new age seem content to travel the world with their hard currency, buying up produce at rock bottom prices, due primarily to the massive socio-economic inequalities facing the producers, before selling them on in the West at massive mark ups. The need to introduce concepts of fair-trade in to this marketplace grows ever more apparent, particularly the need for indigenous or local producers to be given greater reward and control over the marketing of their goods and the culture behind it.
Arts Centres and local authority festivals are always keen on presenting performances of an ethnic or multicultural nature, particularly if they have a well-organised educational dimension that also serves to market the performance. Packages are therefore often negotiated holistically to include a number of different local project partners – the local authority or city council events unit, the local education authority, the youth service and the host venue.