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 chance to bid for some unique sports memorabilia. The evening also featured performances from West End stars Kim Criswell & Rodney Earl Clark.

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The Show

17th – 21 April 2024

Experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows as stars from Broadway & the West End come together with South African Musical Theatre Stars to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on the iconic Artscape Opera House stage in Cape Town.

Hosted by celebrity South African Comedian Marc Lottering our incredible soloists include stars of Broadway & West End Michael Xavier; Nikki Renee Daniels; Kim Criswell & David Habbin alongside the biggest musical theatre stars in South Africa including Jonathan Roxmouth, Lynelle Kenned and Tseepho Ncokoane.

The amazing repertoire will be a musical theatre celebration of the human spirit and the will take audiences on a musical journey spanning musicals from the 1950’s all the way to some of the most contemporary hits and features the some of the best loved musicals of all time – Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and many more.

100% of net proceeds go to Kolisi Foundation.

The Impact


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.

Around the show we will run three additional outreach initiatives: 250 young program beneficiaries join us for a performance of the show; (2) We host over 30 development organisations at the theatre to share knowledge and best practice on addressing trauma and mental health through their program work – a critical component of their work in South African communities especially; (3) an appeal asking everyone to support the Kolisi Foundation’s incredible work!

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

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 do we raise funding?

100% of net proceeds & additional donations from two star-studded events and a linked appeal

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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.


The dinner featured spectacular performances from top West End performers.


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


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

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