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NCAYF TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR SNEDDON (article first published : 2005-12-1)

Professor Elizabeth Sneddon (26.10.1907-24.11.2005), well known both in South Africa and internationally as the doyenne of Speech and Drama in South Africa, for 75 years made a stimulating and dynamic contribution to the creative and cultural life of thousands of people both in South Africa and abroad.

In addition to her creative and artistic contributions, Professor Sneddon evinced an understanding of the role of Drama in Education, a life skill which has the power to stimulate young people to acquire the skill, the knowledge and the understanding which is evinced in an objectivity and a detachment that enables them “to see life steadily and to see it whole”, so that they come to understand their personal responsibility for their own choice of action because they have become comprehensive and creative “Thinkers”, rather than people who have strong “opinions” based on their limited knowledge of the truth of the situation, and the prejudices that are the result of a lack of sensitivity and compassion which enslaves them to their ill-disciplined emotional responses and results in intolerance and often violence.

The National Creative Arts Youth Festival, founded by Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, now in its 16th year, is a celebration of the achievements of the Youth of South Africa. The festival, directed at young, predominantly school-going people, has achieved remarkable success in building a broad multi-cultural base and participation and is making a major contribution in building a united nation based on values that serve the interest of the community in the new South Africa.

The National Creative Arts Youth Festival is designed to use and promote the Arts - Music, Dance, Visual Art, Literature and Drama - as fundamental educational tools to nurture and develop Skills for Life, particularly among young people. Such skills include a sense of responsibility, the ability to think creatively and in a problem-solving manner, the capacity to act independently and confidently, and the means for personal, creative expression.

The Festival is unique in South Africa in that it is the only one promoting the visual and performing arts as an essential part of every young person’s education. It is also a celebration of the arts, embracing wide and varying forms of tribal traditions, heritages and cultures.

The Festival offers great opportunities for communities with divergent cultural backgrounds to get to know each other in a non-threatening manner. It also allows for great cultural exchange between various groups and individuals which can only be beneficial to young people. The variety of artistic activities provides boundless opportunities for young people to become acquainted across racial divides and to develop an appreciation of each other’s values, customs, heritage, traditions and cultures through relaxed, shared communal experiences.

Professor Sneddon’s contribution to the National Creative Arts Youth Festival cannot be too highly praised for to the task she brought not only her energy and experience, but first class mental power, steadfastness, and a systematic and methodical approach to the task, the value of which one cannot over estimate.

The National Creative Arts Youth Festival benefited from the qualities of character, the expertise and the self-discipline that enabled her to contribute an immeasurable degree of reputation to the admiration that exists in regard to the administration and the organisation of the whole Festival. Not to speak of the quality of her vision and its comprehensive range and unselfish dedication at all times and in all circumstances to the interests of this Youth Festival of Achievement.

The success of the National Creative Arts Youth Festival over many years was immeasurably due to her experience, her freedom from prejudices, her generosity of spirit, her sense of perspective and detachment, and her sense of humour, as well as their outstanding organising ability, dedicated to the promotion of the well being of the young people of this country.

The youth of this country should honour the work of Professor Elizabeth for the outstanding contributions which she had made in her lifetime both as an Internationally recognised doyenne of Speech and Drama, as well as on one of the world’s great teachers renowned not only for her outstanding integrity in the training of her many distinguished students but also for the ability which Professor Sneddon possessed by her own integrity and sincerity of being to awaken and to stimulate the potential creativity of her pupils.

Professor Elizabeth is remembered with great love and appreciation for the influence she exerted on the life of her times by her unswerving devotion to the creative deeds which she sewed throughout her long life which was in itself a work of art - for she understood the values which underpin both Art and Life.

South Africa will remain indebted to one of those rare beings who understood that love is the cherishing and fostering of life and who never ceased in her endeavours to enrich and build a wonderful country.

© 2005 National Creative Arts Youth Festival. PO Box 3395, Durban 4000, KwaZulu-Natal, RSA. Phone 083 952 5714 or 031 201 9312, fax 086 672 5497 or email: ncayf@iafrica.com




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