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.

The Dinner

14th March 2024

With special guests two-time World Cup Rugby winning captain Siya Kolisi & Rachel Kolisi, the Finding The Light gala dinner united the passions of UHNW philanthropists, sports lovers and arts supporters in support of the Kolisi Foundation. 300 people gathered at the iconic Savoy Hotel with hosted by England Rugby International & sports personality Ugo Monye. The evening featured the change to bid for some unique sports memorabilia & performances from West End stars.

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The Show

17th – 21 April 2024

Experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows as UK & South African Musical Theatre Stars perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on the iconic Artscape Opera House stage in Cape Town. With a world-class musical and production team, and hosted by celebrity South African Comedian Marc Lottering. 100% of net proceeds go to Kolisi Foundation. In addition we will have 250 young program beneficiaries join us for a performance of the show, and host over 20 organisations at the theatre to share knowledge and best practice on addressing trauma and mental health through their program work.  

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The Impact

Ongoing

100% of net proceeds from both events & additional donations will go towards supporting charities working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people in South Africa. This year’s primary beneficiary is Kolisi Foundation.

In addition to fundraising, we’re running several out-reach initiatives and aim to connect as many resources and possible collaborative partners as possible.

Finally we will be running the Finding The Light Appeal in support of Kolisi Foundation using the media out-reach related to the show to publicise the work of the Kolisi Foundation, and inviting every South African to donate to their amazing work.

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About Finding the Light

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 such as food security & 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 an initiative to help unite & mobilise supporters of South Africa “at home” and abroad in support of those addressing frontline challenges in South Africa.

100% of net proceeds from THE SHOW and THE DINNER will go towards organizations meeting this critical challenge. 

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. 

* Source: Waves for Change, EMpower grantee partner  

How will we generate funding?

100% of net proceeds & additional donations from two star-studded events.

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The Charities We Support

The Show

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.

We want to keep going. We want to make this sustainable. Our hope is to build this initiative into a sustainable and ongoing property, happening annually and eventually extending beyond Cape Town to support communities across South Africa and beyond. We believe we can create a scalable model for making a significant return on sponsorship investment year-on-year to drive continuous and incremental social impact.

The Dinner

14th March 2024 at the Savoy Hotel in London

With special guests

Siya & Rachel Kolisi

presentations from Siya Kolisi & showcasing the work of the Kolisi Foundation.

Performances

The dinner featured spectacular performances from top West End performers.

Partnership

We worked in partnership with Kolisi Foundation to bring South African/African philanthropists, sports & arts enthusiasts, and celebrities with South African connections. 

Auction

The dinner featured unique auction lots including sports memorabilia and fabulous experiences.

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    Our People

    Production Team

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      Jessica Ross

      Jessica is the Executive Producer and co-founder of Finding the Light. She brings over two decades of investment and fundraising experience in financial services and the not-for-profit sector.

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      Daniel Galloway

      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.

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      Juliet Clark

      Juliet is an experienced producer and creative based in London. She has founded, funded, programmed and produced a range of award-winning off-West End productions (Omnibus Theatre, the Pleasance, Battersea Arts Centre, Rich Mix). She has also worked across digital delivery, from corporate livestream video interviews and short films to app and website development. She is Head of Production at BoxPlay, a learning platform that combines education with entertainment.

    Creative Team

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      Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

      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). 

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      David Habbin

      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.

    Advisory Board

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      Collett Dawson

      With over 30 years of experience in the industry across all departments, entertainment is in Collett’s blood! Best known as a publicist specialising in theatre, music and film, Collett is a skilled producer, strategist and media profiler. Collett launched The CoLab Network in February 2013 to add ‘producer’ to her skill set, (while still looking after her publicity clients) and hasn’t looked back since! In 10 years, she has produced over 25 productions. Collett is strongly committed to support youth empowerment and devotes time to several projects each year to develop, nurture and showcase young talent wherever she can. She is thrilled to be part of the Finding the Light team where two of her passions are brought together – entertainment and sport – in the support of very meaningful organisations.