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INNIBOS 2004 (article first published : 2003-12-20)

The Lowveld will be a hive of activity during the first annual Lowveld National Arts Festival – InniBos 2004 - planned to be hosted in Nelspruit from June 30 to July 3 next year.

According to Andy Lubbe, head organiser, the response so far has been astronomical with applications from artists streaming in from across the country. “Since the inception of the Festival we’ve received a wonderful response. With over 50,000 visitors expected over this period, the event is equivalent to its national counterparts such as Aardklop and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.” The Festival is expected to showcase over 50 productions in 14 different venues next year. "We are hoping to provide an opportunity for old favourites as well as an exciting flair of new talent to emerge. With the programme being announced in March already, all entries should be forward to us by the end of February,” continues Lubbe.

An enormous open field, the Nelspruit Rugby Club will form the hub of all events during the week and will host numerous flea market stalls and open entertainment stages by media sponsors such as Beeld, RSG and many more. The closing date for all stalls is also the end of February. “We’re hoping to accommodate around 200 original arts and craft stalls as well as around 30 food stands,” says Lubbe.

The festival will also incorporate various additional activities including a fashion parade showcasing both young and established designing talents, a symphonic orchestra concert, a world-class art exhibition, a book exhibition, industrial theatre workshops and much more.

A taste of Portugal will also contribute to make this festival a special occasion. Although the festival will primarily promote Afrikaans arts and culture, a strong Portuguese influence will not only cater for the neighbouring Mozambique tourists but also the local Portuguese communities. “While catering for local and even the international market, we are confident that the already established infrastructure of Nelspruit will add to the success of the major attraction. In order to assist in this we’ve incorporated a full-on shuttle service to help with transport problems over the period,” says Lubbe.

“With the wide-spread interest already shown, InniBos 2004 is expected to exceed all our expectations. The idea is to not only create awareness for our extremely talented local artists but also to positively influence the local economy in the area,” concludes Lubbe.

Entry forms for the fleamarket stalls as well as information from Andy Lubbe at 013 744 7465 or 082 409 2333 or e-mail andy@innibos.co.za or Sandra Jacobs on 082 853 7885 or e-mail sandra@innibos.co.za




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