MAKING MUSIC WITH LASTING IMPACT
Finding the Light Foundation brings together stars of London’s West End & South African Musical Theatre in a celebration of the human spirit
and with a mission to change lives.
Uniting the passions of UHNW philanthropists, sports lovers and arts supporters at a gala dinner in London in March 2024. The evening will feature performances from West End stars and celebrity guests including current and former rugby stars & stars of the stage and screen.
About Finding the Light Foundation
Our Youth have limitless potential. But their future is at risk. By 2030, 42% of the world’s youth will come from the African continent. High levels of poverty, violence and psychological trauma are undermining their potential for development. South African youth, on average, experience 8 ‘highly traumatic’ life events per year versus 4.8 in the entire lifetime of a Western child (USA/UK)*. The organizations we support address not only frontline challenges in health care and education, but the impact of violence, trauma, poor mental health, and a chronic degradation of self-esteem – something which undermines the success of primary frontline interventions.
Finding the Light Foundation is a group of like-minded individuals working together to mobilise the International and Local African artistic communities in support of those addressing frontline challenges in Africa, and particularly South Africa.
At a time when the arts are critically underfunded globally, particularly in developing countries, THE SHOW also provides opportunity and employment for local artists and developing talent in South Africa.
TOGETHER WE CAN FIND THE LIGHT
* Source: Waves for Change, EMpower grantee partner
The Charities We Support
Remember the One, One by OneOn the eve of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, current Springbok Rugby captain Siya Kolisi and Rachel Kolisi sat in the hotel hallway and discussed their social responsibility following the influence they would gain by winning the Rugby World Cup – and so, the Kolisi Foundation was birthed through the desire to change the story of inequality in South Africa. Responding with compassion and courage to the challenges faced by the South African nation, Siya and Rachel Kolisi are compelled by a strong conviction that every small act of change matters. With hearts willing to respond, hands ready to serve and heads ready to learn, the Kolisi Foundation team is committed to the vision of changing stories of inequality. The Kolisi Foundation unite organisations to mobilise resources and strengthen infrastructure and learning. To help communities thrive, they aim to bring about systemic change by creating safe spaces through sport and education, addressing gender-based violence, and contributing to food security. They do so by partnering with organisations with a pre-existing footprint in our geographic focus areas.
EMpower: An efficient, effective way to do goodWe are working to support global foundation EMpower, who partner with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities. A portion of funds raised will be directed to EMPower’s carefully vetted & selected constellation of South African based grassroots organizations, all of whom are tackling key youth development issues, and in particular, trauma and mental health. Support outstanding local organisations. The best solutions already exist in local communities. EMpower's extensive due-diligence programme is run by a highly experienced team. Strengthen capacity to make sustained impact. EMpower help their partners to strengthen their skills,processes and resources so that they can deliver their mission effectively. Long term investment in partners. Real change takes time. EMpower's 10-year programme of support is designed to ensure that the change is sustainable and long-term. 20 years of expertise. EMpower offers 20 years of deep, specialised experience and expertise in grantmaking for young people in emerging markets. Effective and efficient model. EMpower's operating costs world-wide are covered by their generous underwriters, enabling 100% of every individual donation to benefit young people.
At Ubuntu Pathways, they have spent the past 24 years breaking the cycle of poverty in their community of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa. Through a comprehensive system of education, health, and household support, they are placing 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children on a pathway out of poverty, from cradle to career. Shifting away from traditional development models that fail to address the compounding burdens of poverty, Ubuntu has pioneered a community-led, holistic approach that takes children and families from vulnerability to stability and success. Their theory of change is rooted in four guiding mandates: committing to a lifetime of change; focusing on lives transformed, not lives touched; trusting those closest to the problem to create the solution; and investing in an institution that will stand the test of time.
We’re supporting the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Youth Development ProgramFounded in 1914, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (“CPO”) in Cape Town is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa, contributing handsomely to Cape Town’s global status and appeal. A portion of funds raised will be directed to their Youth Development programs in the Cape Town Communities to ensure that the arts and young artists from marginalized communities receive critical, and much needed support.
For 5 nights only, experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows. Top talent from London’s West End and South African musical theatre come together on Cape Town’s iconic Artscape Opera House stage to perform songs from shows including “Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, “Company” and many more.
Accompanied by the full Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the evening promises a visual and auditory kaleidoscope in celebration of our humanity and search for the light.
Original visual elements and scoring link a programme of exceptional vocal performances and bring the best of the world’s musical theatre stages to Cape Town.
100% of proceeds go to charities working to transform the lives of South Africa’s underprivileged youth, including addressing the immensely limiting impact of violence and trauma.
Join us for an evening of giving in the heart of London, featuring performances from cast members and guest artists, and the opportunity to bid for some unique experiences and African art.
Please contact us to make a donation
Daniel spent 10 years leading a formidable team at the purpose built Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. In his career, he has produced over 150 Theatrical Productions both locally and internationally, which collectively have received over 220 Award Nominations. He now runs a theatre consultancy.
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is a world-renowned composer, musical director, arranger, conductor, writer and performer and has worked in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Athens, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and Indonesia. He has composed soundtracks for more than 300 theatre, dance, film and documentary productions. Some of his many Musical Director credits include as Musical Director and Composer for the triumphant 2017 revival of Todd Matshikiza’s 1959 musical, King Kong, for which he won multiple awards; and as Musical Director for acclaimed South African productions of West Side Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chess, & Sunset Boulevard. His most recent awards for composition include a 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards Gold Award for Serialized Podcast, My Only Story, Best Original Score – Beurtkrag Silwerskermfees (SAFTAS), and Best Soundtrack- Angeliena (Netflix).
David is a co-founder of Finding the Light Foundation. With a career spanning Musical Theatre and Opera David achieved international acclaim as a tenor and founding member of the platinum selling pop opera band, Amici Forever. His many theatre credits include Marius/Combeferre in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End and as the male lead, Tony, in Arthur Laurent’s revival of West Side Story for over 200 performances.