The first celebratory performance on the site where the Denis Goldberg House of Hope will be built on Thursday, 13 February 2020 @ 18:00 – Denis Goldberg House of Hope, Hout Bay Museum, 4 Andrews Road, Hout Bay.


The concert will celebrate the establishment of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope arts and culture education centre as a place where children and youth from the different communities of the area can come together to dream, to grow, to learn and to enrich their lives.


The event will provide an opportunity for South African artists to collaborate with artists from beyond our borders and for us all to celebrate some of the many cultures that have contributed to our rich and varied South African cultural inheritance.Any profits from the event will go to the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust which has already raised the funds to build the first phase of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope.


Ukufikelela, which means ‘to reach out’ in isiXhosa, symbolises the people of South Africa reaching out to the rest of the world. They are reaching out with their creative voices and movements, not simply asking for help, but inviting us all to learn together.


Ukufikelela also symbolises 14-year old dancer from Hong Kong, Erita Chen, who is reaching out to support Denis Goldberg’s dream for the children and youth of Hout Bay in a performance that will celebrate her Chinese identity while she explores her African and European roots. Erita will dance together with two young trainee professional dancers from Jazzart.

Well-known story teller and musician Zanele Ndlovu will take us on a journey of hope against the background of music created for the event by composer Mathijs van Dijk and performed by young musicians from the MIAGI project in Soweto.

The Ingoma Choir of Imizamo Yethu will add to the delights of the evening, as will child dancers from Hout Bay’s Amoyo Performing Arts Centre.


Before feasting on the music, dance and story-telling, concert-goers can enjoy a plate of breyani which will be included in the ticket price.

Hout Bay children will be invited to attend the final rehearsal on Thursday afternoon, building on the collaborations that have already started between local organisations and the Denis Goldberg House of Hope.





Jessica Nupen – Choreography (South Africa/Germany)
Mathijs van Dijk – Composer (South Africa)
Erita Chen – ballet, contemporary and classical Chinese dancer (Hong Kong)
Abigail Overmeyer and Rian Jansen – Jazzart (Cape Town)
Ingoma choir (Hout Bay)
Young dancers from Amoyo Performing Arts Centre (Hout Bay)
Zanele Ndlovu – Storyteller, musician and artist (Eastern Cape)
Sibusiso Lerole – Musician, penny whistle (Johannesburg)
A small number of young musicians from the Miagi orchestra (Soweto)
and Cape Town Youth Orchestra
Trey Lee – Cello (Canada/Hong Kong/Germany)
Gareth Lubbe (Director) – Overtone singing, violin/viola (South Africa/Germany)