2015 Hallo Gedig Dag

They have done it again: 52 students from Darling Laer Skool, Vooruitsig and Darling College together worked frantically to get a poem written. Under guidance of rapper Jitsvinger and Khoi-poet Loit Sols they created a new poem for the 2015 Voorkamerfest.

The Afrikaanse poem will be published the first day of the Voorkamerfest, 4 September on the famous wall in centre of Darling - unveiled at 15h00 by the Mayor of Swartland, Mr Tijmen van Essen. It will also be printed on 6,000 copies, with translation to English and IsiXhosa, to be distributed to all houses in Darling, as well as shops and restaurants.

Be sure to get your copy!

This HALLO GEDIG DAG has been made possible thanks to a contribution from the Dutch Embassy in South Africa, as well as the Hiemstra Trust.

Our other projects from 2014

This year “die kinders” of Darling will participate in a creative writing workshop. They will receive guidance from Quintin Goliath (aka Jitsvinger) and Kirby Van der Merwe. Together they will write the “Hallo Gedig”.
We are looking forward to sharing their poem with you in September.

We  wish to thank the L.W. HIEMSTRA TRUST for their generous sponsorship.

With each ticket bought you are directly supporting The Darling Trust and its projects.

2014 Workshop

43 children of three different local primary schools working with poet Kirby van der Merwe and rapper Jitsvinger. Together they will write a poem! First time ever for most of them. Poem will be published first day of the 11th VOORKAMERFEST, Friday 5 September.

Thanks to Hiemstra Trust!

2013 Workshops

Lanel van der Kolff from The Psychedelic Theatre graciously gave of her time to come and share her skill with the Darling youth through a workshop of fun time Hula hooping.

Lanel and Zen have generously decorated a hula hoop for each child (25 children of all ages) who, with the help of Lanel and Zen choreographed their own dance sequence with their Hula hoop, which they take home when all is done!

The Darling Trust sponsored the workshop and the rehearsed dance sequences were presented at the Voorkamerfest 2013.
Lanel is a drama student, currently studying Yoga instruction.

Thank you Lanel for taking time to come to Darling to enrich lives with your talents, we hope you will be back soon!!


Performance at the market outside Evita se Perron


Performance at the free concert in Darling East


Voorkamerfest 2012 Workshops sponsered by
Bos Theaterproducties

2012 WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY Madeleine Matzer FOR THE Darling iAfrica Drama Queens
Script: ‘The Strike’ 
written together with Madeleine Matzer and the Darling iAfrica Drama Queens.

Inge Bos sent Madeleine Matzer from Holland to SA to help the Drama Queens. We started with the workshop on 7 May to 18 May. Inge cares about the community of Darling, especially those with talent.

Madeleine met with us a day before the workshop started, this was a very good ice breaker.  The first day we were very nervous, because after discussions, the Drama Queens decided to do the play in English for Voorkamerfest 2012.  Ivy said “hoe gaan ons die Hollandse vrou verstaan”. 

We started speaking English every day, afraid to use the wrong words.  Madeleine was very patient, we laughed a lot but also learnt so much – she made us feel like a family!

Madeleine taught us how to put the play together and how to improve our acting. The highlight of the workshop was the exercises. From the exercises we learnt how to listen to each other. Then think before acting and how to concentrate. We loved it! – we are no longer nervous and look forward to do the play in English so the audience will understand our message at the Voorkamerfest 2012.

Ons skrik vir niks!! (performed at Voorkamerfest 2012)

Darling iAfrica Drama Queens
Ivy Johnson

Sary Vlotman


2012 Lloyd Marengo & Sheree Lenting

presented a hip-hop dance workshop in Darling, sponsored by BOS THEATERPRODUCTIES from Holland.

Teacher/choreographer Lloyd Marengo and Sheree Lenting will come to Darling in August to teach local children hip-hop dance routines.   This will mark Marengo’s 3rd visit! 

For two weeks they came together to create a small performance that was presented during the Voorkamerfest on 31st August, 2nd and 3rd September.

It is a privilege to have Lloyd & Sheree back in Darling, teaching our children. He is a first generation break dancer from Rotterdam who started dancing in the 80s and by the end of the 90s had his own dance group, the 010Bboyz, who gained national and international fame. Lloyd now choreographs his own dance performances, which recently include:

Flagland festival – Berlin
Harlem stage theatre – New York
‘So you think you can dance’ – Belgium
‘Holland’s got Talent’ created by POPARAZZI CREW - Holland

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