150 pupils for Bushfire Schools Festival today
MBABANE – A total of 150 pupils, 50 teachers and 20 facilitators will take part in the MTN Bushfire Schools Festival today at House on Fire, Malkerns.
The MTN Bushfire Schools Festival involves a series of workshops. These include one to be facilitated by Adam Glasser, an internationally recognised musician that will bring pupils together to find their musical talents, eventually leading to an ensemble performance.
There will be performances by The Silent Conductor, an inspirational percussionist which advocates that music is a beautiful, fundamental form of communication as well as a production of Woza Albert, a highly physical South African production that will demonstrate the versatility and vibrancy of communication through theatre.
According to Bushfire Festival publicist Jemima Yong, some of the schools that are expected to participate include Lobamba High, Siteki Secondary, Manzini Central, Ezulwini Community and Bhunya High Schools.
The event is sponsored by Swazi MTN and the US Embassy.
In addition to its outreach in the youth community, it works with teachers and facilitators in sessions of professional development.
This is in response to the underdevelopment of the arts curriculum in the country. As a result of this underdevelopment, the festival encourages the furthering of a comprehensive arts curriculum into schools across the country.
"Furthermore, the exposure of both pupils and teachers to the workshops establishes a foundation for communication and common ground through artistic expression," Yong said.
She added: "The idea of the festival is simple, but deep: invite pupils from a range of Swazi schools to partake in a day of artistic communication and learning, helping to establish connections between people and helping individuals discover their own potential.
"Not only will they discover their talent but also interaction is created, providing children with the means to explore the arts and express themselves creatively.
"This opportunity to grow through art is imperative, and many schools in Swaziland currently do not have a comprehensive arts education curriculum. Indeed, the skills encouraged and practiced in the Bushfire Schools Festival are valuable not just in the realm of arts, but in a child’s life; these include confidence, creative expression, and teamwork," said Yong.
Yebo artists to showcase at festival tomorrow
MBABANE - Yebo artists will be creating amazing art at The Barn for this year’s MTN Bushfire Festival.
Mesuli Mamba, Ray Berman, Vumelani Sibeko, Mbongeni Fakudze, Joseph Mushipiã€€and Peter Armstrong will be painting, screen-printing and doing performance art.
Yebo’s Aleta Armstrong said this will give patrons of the festival a chance to interact with local artists.
The visual artists will also be performing with Rooted Soulz tomorrow night.
"Yebo will also have a stall at the festival selling their own screen-printed T-shirts, cloths and art. A new range of great T-shirt designs have been created for the festival and these will be launched on Friday night," Armstrong said.
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