Dance Umbrella festival under threat as Lotto funding dries up

The Dance Umbrella festival in an annual event which is widely hailed as South Africa’s premier platform for showcasing and promoting fresh South African dance talent.

Now, Dance Umbrella has issued a statement detailing its challenges to communicate with the board of National Lottery to finance its upcoming event.

National Arts Festival in Grahamstown has also stated that will have to be held without money from the National Lotteries Board.

Dance Umbrella director, Georgina Thomson says if they don't get the money from National Lottery, their 30th Dance Umbrella celebration will be avery small compared to events previously held.

She says the challenges in funding could result in next year's event being the last one.

Thomson says in the past Lotto funded projects for a three-year period before re-assessing. But now that has been reduced to one year. And, she says, it seems this will be changing again.

It is quite important to get that money...

Georgina Thomson, Dance Umbrella director

Within the infrastructure of non-profit organisations, it is almost impossible to work towards something when you really don't know where you are with the funders.

Georgina Thomson, Dance Umbrella director

Read: Lotto downgrade of Sascoc will leave athletes with less funding

We have just been told that it is illegible but we haven't been assessed and they cant tell me when it will be assessed.

Georgina Thomson, Dance Umbrella director

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