An online benefit concert in honour of slain LGBTQ+ dancer and activist Kirvan Fortuin will raise funds for his devastated family and his foundation as well as two promising young students.
The inaugural annual Kirvan Fortuin Memorial Benefit Concert will be streamed on 10 August at 20:00 on the streaming site South African Theatre on Demand.
The concert will feature an array of highly talented and renowned South African and international artists in the spheres of dance, singing and poetry. These include:
Celeste Botha – Dancer
Marlin Zoutman – Dancer
Diana Ferrus – Poet
Elvis Sibeko and Company from ES Studios – Musicians
Music made available by Coenie de Villiers
Kerwin – Musician
Enrique Booysen-Pharell – Musician
Luke de Kock -Dancer
Calvyn Grandling – Musician
Lewellyn Afrika – Dancer
House of Le Cap – Vogue House/Dancers
House of Vineyard – Vogue House/Dancers
Angel Lala More – Drag artist
The event is being organised by the Kirvan Fortuin Foundation, an NPO that was created by Kirvan to use dance as a tool to educate and create social awareness, focusing on the youth and young aspiring dancers from marginalised areas of South Africa.
The viewing fee for the concert is R55 and the proceeds will be divided as follows: 40% – the Kirvan Fortuin Foundation, 40% – two bursary schemes in Kirvan’s memory, 10% – the Fortuin family, and 10% to the House of Le Cap (the vogue dance house that was led by Kirvan).
“The concert will be the first of many fundraising initiatives undertaken to further and enhance the work that Kirvan championed and to implement new programmes in line with Kirvan’s wishes,” said Lindsay Louis, CEO of the Kirvan Fortuin Foundation.
Kirvan – an internationally recognised choreographer and dancer – was stabbed to death on June 13, allegedly by a 14-year-old girl after they reportedly had an argument over homophobic comments she made.
Tickets for the Kirvan Fortuin Memorial Benefit Concert on 10 August can be purchased here.