Everyone can be a musician at the Marimba and Steelpan Festival

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This festival, arguably the largest of its kind in the world, is poised to explode with a multitude of marimba and steelpan drumming bands from all over Africa.

In addition to experiencing amazing music on offer, members of the public will have the opportunity to play marimbas, steelpans and djembe drums at numerous workshops held throughout the two days of the festival. Plus, there will be dance workshops including gumboot, Greek, Riel, pantsula, hip-hop, Tswana and Indian dancing.

Various lectures and demonstrations will also be on offer at the festival, as well as the world premiere of the composition Danger Beach by acclaimed South African steelpan musician Dave Reynolds.

Besides all the music and workshops, there will be activities galore for the whole family: jumping castles, face painting and story-telling for the very young; car displays and television screens for the sport-loving dads and plenty of stalls for the shopaholic moms. Buy your Christmas presents now!

The entertainment starts at St Benedict’s College in Harcus Road, Bedfordview, on Saturday, 2 August 2014, at 8.30am and continues until 9pm. On Sunday, 3 August 2014, the music and merriment kicks off at 8.30am and comes to a close at 6pm.

Early-bird tickets for the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival may be obtained online at www.internationalmarimbafestival.org for R120 for a weekend pass. Alternatively, get your tickets at the gate for R140 for a weekend pass, which includes a set of exclusive discount vouchers for a number of festival stalls as well as local and national stores.

Daily tickets are also available at R80. Children under 6 get in free and pensioners qualify for a discounted rate of R50 per day or R100 for a weekend pass. Once you are in the gate, all entertainment and workshops are free – making for a fantastic family outing that’s great value too! Block booking enquiries may be directed to Bongi at bongi@educationafrica.org.

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Issued by JT Communication Solutions of Behalf of Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival – www.internationalmarimbafestival.org