PORT ELIZABETH, May 2015 - MUSIC lovers of
Port Elizabeth are in for a treat next Sunday, 24 May, as the Mandela Bay
Development Agency (MBDA) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are
collaborating to create an inner city culture by filling the streets of Central
with the swinging sounds of big band jazz and other music to be enjoyed by all.
Trinder Square, situated directly across from
the PE St George’s Club in Bird Street, will come alive with this free,
picnic-on-the-grass style event, which is set to start at 12pm and continue
until approximately 5pm.
MBDA Marketing and Communications Manager
Luvuyo Bangazi said the agency aimed to use the arts to “bring the people of
the city together to enjoy its regenerated urban spaces”.
“The MBDA has invested significantly in
upgrading public spaces to create a vibrant inner city culture, so we are
hoping that these public concerts in upgraded parks will become a regular item
on the city’s entertainment calendar. Everyone is welcome to come and relax and
enjoy the music together.”
Bangazi said that, “particularly after the
discord that’s been felt in some parts of the country recently, this event
offers an opportunity for social cohesion, and to bring the harmonies and
flavours of Africa together.
“A variety of Central vendors will have their
food for sale – local as well as from places like Ethiopia and Somalia. People
are also encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets and camp chairs or
blankets to make themselves comfortable on the grass,” he said.
The musical line-up includes the toe-tapping
swing ensemble Two Tone, popular contemporary jazz singer Asanda Mqiki, the
NMMU Wind Band, NMMU Big Band and Greenwood Primary School’s wind band.
NMMU Department of Music lecturer in Jazz
Studies, pianist and big band director John Edwards, who has been pivotal in
creating the event, explained that it is a combined initiative between the NMMU
School of Music, Art and Design, the Vice-Chancellor’s office and the MBDA.
John said that the concert will “articulate with the university’s desire to
demonstrate its commitment to the growth and regeneration of the Central area.
“In addition to being a vehicle for social
cohesion, the concert seeks to consolidate and strengthen links between
musicians from local communities, schools and the university,” Edwards said.
Trinder Square was originally a wide pond
used for watering cattle and horses, but also a popular picnic spot for Port
Elizabethans. The NMMU Faculty of Arts already has an attachment to the Square,
in that its artistic revitalisation last year was undertaken by fine art, craft,
design and mosaic students and members of the arts faculty. Unusually shaped
benches covered in beautiful, bright mosaic tiles are one of the creative
features of leafy Trinder Square, a playground park with shady trees and green
Several of the buildings opposite the park -
adjacent to the Club - are owned by the university and the space has been
allocated to the School of Music, Art and Design with the objective of
developing an artistic precinct. In this regard, the Department of Music
inaugurated its pre-tertiary teaching initiative and jazz unit at the Bird
Street premises last year. The concert will also be an opportunity to publicise
these exciting developments.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the concert
and Bangazi said a professional security and emergency medical presence will
ensure a safe, relaxed experience for all.
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