5th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival

5th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival

This event takes place over a 2 day period, the 30th and 31st of July 2016. It’s that time of the year again, the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival is upon us.

This event is curated by Education Africa in partnership with the Tom Newby School with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture. This year the festival is part of the Africa Month initiative, which looks at promoting social cohesion not only amongst South Africans but Africa as a continent and the world at large. The International Marimba and Steelpan Festival is a good vehicle for the Africa month initiative as the competition not only has a large reach all over South Africa but also in other African countries.

This is a great family weekend out. Though the main focal point of the festival is a series of competitions, which has about 1600 participants/performers this year, this event is well-rounded as there are fun activities for the whole family throughout the 2 day period. If you have any interest in learning how to play a marimba or steelpan, djembe drums, various dance forms etc this would be the best place to do all that, as there will be workshops from beginners well into advanced players. That’s not all; the festival has a little crafts market where one can purchase interesting musical items as well as all sorts of crafts and meals.

The marimba and steelpan competitions are divided into various age groups and categories as part of the main event with hands-on workshops on a variety of traditional music topics as part of the fringe festival. A massed marimba and steelpan experience in the main venue is not to be missed as well as performances on marimbas and steelpans by leading artists in various other venues.  If you have always wanted to be part of a drumming team building event then the massed drumming experience is for you!

Music brings people together and builds bridges of understanding, respect and tolerance, which is why the International Marimba and Steelpan festival is the best place to come and learn about different cultures and meet different people from all over Africa and the world at large. Two of the many highlights of the festival: massed drumming and the massed marimba & steelpan performance are symbolic as they serve as a vehicle of social cohesion and inter-social relation. The vibe and atmosphere is electric during these sessions as everyone is excited to be part of such a large gathering of oneness and unity.

This year the festival will be held in Benoni at Tom Newby School: a first for Benoni. For more information please feel free to go onto our website www.internationalmarimbafestival.org and call us on 0116857300 for tickets and bookings.

Happy marimba playing…

Note to Editor

Over 80 Schools from across the continent will participate in the 5th Annual International Marimaba and Steel Pan Festival.

Arboretum Primary School  Merrifield College And Prep
Acacia Primary School Michaelhouse
Aqua Vista Motheong Primary
Aston Manor Primary School Myc Enjabulweni School
Building Blocks Prep Mzomtsha Primary
Brackenhurst Primary Ngwalongwalo
Carter Primary School Owlag
Christ Church Prep Parktown Girls
Corona Secondary School Prestige College
Curro Embury College Pretoria Oos Laerskool
Curro Hca Protea Glen Boys & Girls Club
Curro Nelspruit Redhill School
Curro Hillcrest Rimba Resonation Vibes
Curro Thatchfield Sakhisizwe High School
Curro Serengeti Sacred Heart College Jhb 
Chiremba Primary School Saheti
Dennegeur Farms Southdowns College
Durban Prep Highs School St Benedict's College
Epworth High School St Catherines School
Faranuka St Cyprian's Grammar School
Grens Hoerskool St Dominic's Boksburg
George Randell Primary St Mary's Dsg Kloof
Goedehoop Primary Still Waters
Heideveld Secondary School Tambarimba
Hillbrow Music Center The Heritage School
Hillcrest Primary The Convent Of Czm Primary
Hilton College The Mountain Cambridge School
Holy Rosary High School Tshepong Children's Project
Jikeleza Dance Project St Thomas Aquinas School
Jiswa School Thembelisha
John Wesley Community Centre Thomas More
King David Linksfield Tom Newby
Kingsmead Junior School Ubuhle Band
Kingsmead College Uplands Preparatory School
Kleinmond Laerskool Usenathi Primary
Letlapapula Marimba Band Waldo Malan Music School
Maryvale College Watershed College
Makumbe High School Westville Senior Primary
Mc Kharbai Zama Montessori
Mcauley House Zimba-Rimba

Issued by JT Communication Solutions of Behalf of Education Africa – http://educationafrica.org