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INNIBOS (article first published : 2005-06-28)

The Lowveld National Arts Festival, Innibos - to be held from June 29 to July 3 in Nelspruit - is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors which will favour tourism in the region's peak season and have a positive impact on the province.

The local community will be involved and will benefit greatly from the festival's many entrepreneurial and job creation opportunities.

Innibos forms an integral part of the "Groot Kunstefeeste" Circuit - KKNK in April, Innibos in July and Aardklop in October. Although based on the winning recipe of KKNK and Aardklop, it has its own uniqueness.

In essence it will be an Afrikaans festival but it will also attract English and Portuguese first language speakers. The festival attracts other communities and cultures with productions such as jazz and classical programmes, bridging language and cultural barriers.

A strong visual arts component is included, drawn from the rich art heritage from all the cultural groups of the area. One of the highlights of "Innibos" is a unique, world standard art exhibition of the works from Esias Bosch.

Dr Steve Booysen is Chief Executive of the Absa Group which is one of the main sponsors of Innibos: "Through our involvement we contribute to a festival that has the potential to become an important cultural event and job creator for the people of Mpumalanga,” he says.

“The festival contributes to one of the most important tourism events in Mpumalanga and all the people of the region benefits directly or indirectly from it. Innibos shows what can be achieved if South Africans grab challenges and opportunities rather than focusing on problems. The festival makes a large contribution to the continuing existence of South African drama and theatre" he adds.

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