The evening had a low turnout, but the audience was lively and engaThe finals were held on 26 April and were a combination of all the acts from the different nights.ged with the contestants. There were beautiful performances from versatile artists. It was only fitting that the top three winners for the overall show represented each category – poetry, singing, and dancing.

Those who came out on top were Nonhlanhla Xaba in first place, Katlego Makgotlwe in second, and Mantombi Mnculwane in third. Xaba’s contemporary dance was emotive and sincere and visibly moved the audience. Makgotlwe, who did an acoustic rendition of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Can’t take my eyes off you”, compelled the audience with her unique voice and guitar skills. With a poem about an ex, Mnculwane managed to engage every person who had suffered at the hand of love through her brilliant use of metaphors and imagery.

Thato Mthimkulu, the STUKU EC member responsible for the UP Arts week portfolio, said, “This portfolio is fairly young, and was only established in 2012. It is not as popular as other portfolios such as Serrie, Insync and Serenade, so it doesn’t get that much corporate sponsorship as it is not fairly known.” The aim of the UP Arts week was to create a platform for students that are notin UP residences to showcase their talents.

 

Photo: Courtney Brown.

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