AS the eyes of the cricket world focused on World Cup action in South Africa, students were given a taste of culture of the country's townships.

Soweto-born, multi-talented artist Raymond Otto spent three days with Year 9 pupils at Sunnydale School, Shildon, leading dance, music and cookery workshops.

His tour followed a successful visit a year ago when his enthusiasm was embraced by students and teachers alike.

This time parents and primary school pupils had a chance to join in. There was a special event for primary children and in the evening another for Year 9 parents, when they sampled authentic South African food.

Frank Hudson, head of art and design, said: "South Africa is home to a vibrant, diverse culture where the air is alive with a variety of music styles, rhythms, dance and colour.

"Raymond's first visit was a wonderful experience, one that went well beyond our expectations, and this time we wanted to share it with a wider audience."