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December 10, 2009

Giant African puppets add to FIFA Final Draw festivities

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Sinako Cultural Group is the community theatre group that created the giant puppets that wowed the crowds at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw and the Fan Fest launch in Cape Town on December 4.

Sinako got its start in the world of entertainment through a competition run by Unima SA, a non-profit organisation which promotes the art of puppetry and visual performance in theatre, entertainment, education and social development.

The group was part of a Unima SA initiative called Active Puppets, which trains emerging professionals and young artists from disadvantaged backgrounds to use puppetry as an artistic tool for communication. Each of the 12 groups participating in Active Puppets created a 15-minute theatre piece, and in March 2009 Unima SA chose two groups to mentor intensively towards marketable productions.

The Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Theatre, Janni Younge, supervised Sinako Cultural Group’s creation of the giant African puppets.

They have also appeared at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, the HCF medical conference, the Rainbow Experience launch, the Pan African Climate Change Hearings, and the Rocking The Daisies festival.

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