Museum madness

2008-09-18 00:00

With over 10 bands and acts, every available space in the Msunduzi Voortrekker Museum will be used for the music festival on September 24, which is part of the Heritage Month celebrations. Local artists, including the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, the Cabaleros, the Eddie du Preez Boere-orkes and the Radyn Brothers, will share the stage.

The music begins early with performances from school choirs, a traditional veena-player and a drummer playing in the museum’s lapa. However, if harder music is your choice, head to the garden stage where the SOS Children’s Village will host hip-hop, kwaito, Zulu or maskanda and Latin-American dancers, followed by an Indian dance group.

The St Nicholas Diocesan School marimba and steel drum band will be performing in the museum’s herb garden, together with fire-spinners. In the historic Church of the Vow, fiddler, accordion, violist and Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters member Mark Schonau will take to the stage to entertain those who want to browse through the museum exhibits.

Hansie Calitz from Pretoria will be performing songs and telling tales in Afrikaans. He will join the Radyn Brothers in the garden of the Andries Pretorius house. Another highlight will be a 20-member German band, playing in front of the Voortrekker Memorial Church.

The festival’s co-ordinator and museum’s education officer Riana Mulder says the event is scheduled with the Heritage Day celebration in mind. “We are launching this year’s festival under the theme ‘Music In The Museum’, where what we are after is as much music as we can get from the local artists,” she said.

Food for the evening will be sold by five different organisations — all local churches or charities. Patrolled parking will be provided either at the museum or at the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism building across the road in Boshoff Street. Tickets cost R30 for adults and R15 for pensioners or children under 16, and can be bought from the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, the Pietermaritzburg Archives, SOS Children’s Village, St Nicholas School, the Merrivale Dutch Reformed Church, the Soobramoniar Temple and the Isabel Beardmore Home, or by phoning the museum at 033 394 6834.

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