- Fifth National Marimba Festival

- Fifth National Marimba Festival

The Fifth National Marimba Festival and the First International Marimba Festival will be held from 7 to 9 August 2010 at St. Dominic’s School in Boksburg. The Festival is presented annually by The Marimba Education Foundation in collaboration with St Dominic’s School.

Events this year include marimba competitions, massed marimba events, drumming workshops, interactive drumming and African dancing workshops. For the purposes of this year’s competition, a marimba is defined as “any melodic percussion instrument which has wooden keys”.

The festival provides an opportunity for marimba players of all ages, stages and abilities to come together to make music. Two massed marimba sessions will see up to 100 marimbas and over 300 players all learning and playing new music together.

The music presented at the competition spans all genres from classical, jazz, traditional South African and African to pop and original compositions by the bands. A variety of other instruments is included in certain sections, including steel pans and orchestral instruments. The prize-winning ceremony towards the end of the festival has become the undisputed highlight of the event, with impromptu performances by winning ensembles, as announcements are made.

Spectators are welcome to participate in the massed marimba sessions, the massed drumming session and any of the workshops, subject to availability. Entry fee is R90.00 per person for a 3-day pass (at the gate) which allows you entrance to all the workshops and competitions. St. Dominic’s is situated on the corner of Kruger and Commissioner Streets in Boksburg.

For more information, visit http://www.mef.org.za/

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