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National Marimba 2013 Festival moves to Soweto

South Africa’s National Marimba Festival – now renamed Soweto National Marimba Festival – will take place as planned, but in a different location, the organisers, the Marimba Education Foundation (MEF), said this week.

And the new venue is none other than the legendary Morris Isaacson School in Soweto on Saturday 7 September 2013 from 8.30am to 6pm.

The festival is part of the annual Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival.

Morris Isaacson School, located in the township of Jabavu, played an important part in the history of South African black majority’s struggle against apartheid.

“We are incredibly excited to be staging our popular National Festival at the Morris Isaacson venue,” MEF executive director Hilde Gordon said.

“For the first seven years the National Festival was hosted at St Dominic’s School 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,” an elated Gordon added.

MEF said the one-day festival has a strong emphasis on participation, but takes the form of a competition.

This competitive aspect, together with the opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas, styles and repertoire, is what raises the standards of playing and the levels of creativity, Gordon explained.

The 2013 festival has been made possible with the support of the following sponsors: SAMRO, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UNISA Music Foundation, DRD Gold, 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 more information, log in www.mef.org.za.

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