Press: Madame Zingara announces Performing Arts Bursary

In commemoration of 15 years of magic, Richard Griffin, the founder and creator of Madame Zingara, has announced that the Group will be awarding a Performing Arts bursary at a special Salon Des Artistes performance of The Celebration on Friday 18 September at 12h30 at the palace on the Grand Parade. The bursary will be given annually through a South African performing arts institution of the Group's choice, and the first such school to receive it will be the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town.


Funds for the bursary that will cover tuition fees at the designated school, will be generated through Salon Des Artistes ticket sales and through donations from some of the cast and staff of The Celebration. In addition to the bursary, the Zingara Group will also make a R5,000 donation towards a community arts organisation. In order to be in the running for the donation, guests attending the Salon Des Artistes performance will be asked to nominate a Western Cape community arts organisation of their choice. All the names will go into a lucky draw and the winner will be announced by the uber glam show host Cathy Specific, before the end of the show.


This new Madame Zingara bursary is the first aimed at the Performing Arts sector. To date the Group has already awarded 16 bursaries, focussing on the hospitality industry.


Richard Griffin, one of South Africa’s most well known entrepreneurs, is passionate about developing talent, both in the restaurant and entertainment industry. The Celebration, his newest offering, has been thrilling audiences and receiving rave reviews since opening in a magnificent 650 seater spiegelpaleis in Cape Town in July.


As part of their ‘giving back’ ethos, Madame Zingara has to date hosted several organisations at The Celebration - those whose sterling and selfless work in this city sometimes goes unnoticed- such  as representatives from the SAPS admin department, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit, the SPCA, the Tableview Community Police forum (SALT), and the Little Brinks home that helps abused children.


Before the Salon Des Artistes performance begins on 18 September, Richard Griffin and designer, actor and choreographer Craig Leo will give a brief talk about the creative vision and process that went into The Celebration. The production features performers from 11 countries and SA in breathtaking acts, with spectacular lighting by another Arts industry legend, Mannie Manim. A delicious four course meal will also be served during the show, prepared by a top team of Madame Zingara’s chefs.


Join Madame Zingara in supporting this incredible cause and book your seats now for the Salon Des Artistes on Friday 18 September at 12h30. Tickets cost from R350 via 0861623263 or enquiries at



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