International Marimba and Steelpan Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Bedfordview, Gauteng, South Africa
Festival Contact Information

Education Africa South Africa
Education Africa
Private Bag X13, Pinegowrie, 2123
Johannesburg
Phone: + 27011 685 7300
Fax: +27 011 783 1714
Email: mailbox@educationafrica.org

Festival Description

South Africa will be blown away by the incredible sounds of marimbas and steelpans at the Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival. Be prepared for over 1,000 marimba and steelpan players from all over South Africa and the rest of the world as they descend on Bishop Bavin School in what is to be the musical event of the year in Bedfordview, Gauteng!

This Festival is for everyone. Lovers of music will be entertained at the various marimba and steelpan competitions being held throughout the two fun-filled days. There will be concerts and performances for lovers of Classical music, jazz music and above all African music. Amazing National photographic and art competitions in ALL age categories are also a feature of this family-orientated Festival as well as composers composition competitions. Visit the designated website: http://www.internationalmarimbafestival.org for more information.

Come and experience a truly International Music Festival with something for all ages. Besides the competitions at the Festival you will be entertained by a number of our National musical treasures: Dave Reynolds on steelpans and Magda de Vries on Classical Marimba as well as Alex Jacobowitz, classical marimbist extraordinaire from Germany. There will also be on offer a variety of workshops from djembe drumming, African dances to steelpan playing as well as featuring the DPHS gumboot dancing workshops. All workshops and performances are open to the public. There will be something for the entire family. There will also be a flea market and many food stalls. So you can shop till you drop while you are being entertained!

This is a Proudly South African event which is open to the rest of the world! How proud we will be when we show off through this Festival how far South Africa has come in its emerging democracy. This Festival has attracted young and old, black and white, abled and physically and mentally challenged people from not only the privileged communities of our country and abroad but also from rural areas and disadvantaged communities.

Festival Dates August 3 - 4, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.internationalmarimbafestival.org/

Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • All workshops and performances are open to the public, and included in the ticket price. There will be something for the entire family. There will also be a flea market and many food stalls. So you can shop till you drop while you are being entertained! This international event, is a Proudly South African. This Festival attracts young and old, and includes physically and mentally challenged performers from not only the privileged communities of our country and abroad but also from rural areas and township schools.
  • For a mere R100 (pre-booked) or R120 (bought at the gate) Festival Pass you can come and be entertained for 2 days at the event. All entertainment, once you enter the gates is included in the Festival Pass.
    • Watch marimba and steel bands perform
    • Learn to play the marimba or steelpan
    • Learn to dance a number of African traditional dances
    • Attend concerts by the cream of South Africa’s crop.
    • World premiere of Christo Jankowitz piece: Carnival Faces to be performed by Magda De Vries at the Festival
    • Orff workshops geared for teachers, parents and children
    • Djembe drumming workshops for all ages and all levels
    • Lecture demonstrations on African Instruments
    • Lecture demonstrations on the pre-school arts and culture programme: Adventures of Little Brown Monkey using the marimba as the instrument of tuition

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Practical Info:

Venue:
  • St. Benedict’s College
    Harcus Road
    Bedfordview

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