The food court was alive with the sound of music.

Liberty Promenade Mall hosted its annual school initiative with a difference this year, replacing its well-known Next Generation Green Recycling Fashion Show with a musical showcase at the mall on Saturday.

Learners from 15 local primary and high schools performed their own musical pieces on the concert stage set up in the food court.

The mall sponsored R60 000 in prize money, equating to R10 000 for each of the top six performing schools.

The prize money can be used for upgrades of school facilities of their choice. The winning team and their accompanying teachers also received gift cards to the value of R350 for learners and R1000 for teachers.

The participating schools were Tafelsig Primary, Cornflower Primary, Imperial Primary, Eastville Primary, Montagu Drive Primary, Woodville Primary, Yellowwood Primary, Eisleben Road Primary, Meadowridge Primary, Lentegeur School for LSEN, Beacon Hill High, Cedar Hill High, Lentegeur High, Oval North High and Spine Road High.

The winning schools were Eastville, Imperial and Yellowwood in the primary school division and Lentegeur, Cedar and Lentegeur School for LSEN in the high school category.

For the past six years, the mall has run the Recycled Fashion Show as their annual showcase event.

“This year we felt it was time for a change. After engaging with the local schools and community leaders to find out what they wanted, we then realised that there’s an unbelievable amount of young musical talent in Mitchell’s Plain that is hidden and never fully appreciated. We wanted to create an opportunity for the youth to showcase their exceptional talents while promoting greater tolerance of differences in culture, race, religion and gender orientation.”

The showcase was free to the public.