Excitement mounts for Marimba Festival
Behind the Scenes Communications
The inaugural Soweto National Marimba Festival takes place at the Morris Isaacson School, Soweto on Saturday 7 September from 8.30am to 6pm.
Now part of the annual Arts Alive International Festival 2013, the National Marimba Festival has taken a detour this year and moves to the Morris Isaacson School in Soweto where excitement is reaching fever pitch as organisers, teachers and learners prepare for the one-day festival.
“We are incredibly excited to be staging our popular National Festival at the Morris Isaacson venue,” says Hilde Gordon, the executive director of the Marimba Education Foundation, “For the first seven years the National Festival was hosted at St Dominic’s in Boksburg, but now, as part of our long-term vision to explore other centres and provinces, we have made the move to Soweto, renamed the festival and we have partnered with the Arts Alive International Festival 2013.”
The one-day Festival, which has strong emphasis on participation, actually takes the form of a competition and it is this competitive aspect, together with the opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas, styles and repertoire that raises the standards of playing and the levels of creativity. Festival participants come from all walks of life, with learners from the most exclusive schools playing alongside youngsters from the most impoverished areas – it accommodates all schools and ages – from primary to high schools, from amateur to professional bands, from pure instrumentals to marimba performances that incorporate vocal performances and dancing.
Entries have poured in, says Gordon, “Close on 600 participants, 40 schools and institutions will be participating this year and Soweto is brilliantly represented with 13 groups, including the Soweto Marimba Youth League (SMYL) represented by 62 of its young players. Participants are coming from far and wide, some travelling by bus to attend the festival, bands from Orange Farm, Kwa Mashu in Durban, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Nelspruit and Zwide in the Nelson Mandela Bay area, also the community band Sithand’Izingane from Haenertsburg. Past winners St Stithians (Private school) and Prestige College (Private School) will again be participating and we welcome a band from Zimbabwe for the first time.
Entry fee to the all-day festival has been reduced to R40, particularly to encourage support from the local community. “We are confident that we will once again raise the bar and present an inspiring showcase of the extraordinary marimba playing talent that we have in South Africa. Learners, teachers and parents are going to enjoy a day filled with vibrant, exciting performances and we have beautiful handcrafted trophies, specially designed and made for this festival, as well as a fabulous set of marimbas as a lucky draw for all participating bands” says Gordon.
The 2013 festival has been made possible with the support of sponsors: SAMRO, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), The Arts Culture Trust (ACT) and UNISA Music Foundation, DRD Gold and BASA and partnerships with the Morris Isaacson High School, MIAGI, Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Gauteng Department of Education and City of Johannesburg’s Arts Alive Festival.
For further information contact Hilde Gordon on 082 896 7189 or e-mail: email@example.com or visit the www.mef.org.za
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About the Marimba Education Foundation
The Marimba Education Foundation, a section 21 company, aims to promote the playing of the marimba in schools and communities across the board, as a form of education, recreation and self-expression. In the past MEF has supported participation by blind players from the Eastern Cape and a school for special needs from KwaZulu-Natal and currently is sponsoring instruments for People with Disabilities in Soshanguve. Initially the Festival was predominantly self-funded, though later it enjoyed support from SAMRO, The Arts Culture Trust, Upana Projects, Department of Arts and Culture and several local music shops.
Media can contact the festival publicist Di Sparks / Behind the Scenes Communications – 011 640 1500 / 073 208 8483 / firstname.lastname@example.org for interviews and images.
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