Friday, 7 November 2014

‘The Untapped Connection’ Keiskamma Trust at the Gender, Water and Development Conference in East London (November 3-7)

On a rainy afternoon in Hamburg, the Music Academy’s concert ensemble, twenty experienced students, set off to East London to perform at the International Convention Centre as guests of a high-profile global conference. Keiskamma’s Art and Music programmes were invited by the organisers to participate in this event, thus offering an amazing opportunity to showcase some of our work.

The Art Project provided their beautiful 3 dimensional felt plants and ceramic pots to decorate the main conference hall. In addition, they had produced the conference bags, over 400 of them, which will serve as a lovely visual reminder to delegates as they go their separate ways at the end of the week.

The Music Academy provided the entertainment for the participants on the evening of Tuesday November 4th. In keeping with the theme of water, they performed Alla Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music and other water-related pieces. The audience were hugely appreciative and really got into the mood when the ensemble played Ubuhle Ben Doda and Pata Pata, jiving enthusiastically and responding to the beat with emphatic ululations! The students also enjoyed the evening, a welcome break from their Matric and end-of-year school exams and study. They said they had such a warm welcome and they all talked about the amazing buffet food!

Keiskamma Trust particularly wishes to thank Glaudin Kruger and other organisers who invited us to this prestigious event, and, of course, everyone – artists, musicians, drivers and other staff – who enabled us to showcase our programmes to this international audience.