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LOWVELD NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2007-07-4)

InniBos, the Lowveld feast of local and international art and music, even surpassed the organisers’ expectations when a staggering 82,478 visitors attended the festival grounds from June 27– July 1.

This means that within only four years, InniBos has positioned itself as one of the three biggest national arts festivals in the country. According to the organisers it is expected to grow even more next year and preparations are already well underway.

“We never imagined such a turn-out, the festival attendance grew by more than 25% from 2006. We believe the quality of the productions presented this year, as well the performance by the international group – Smokie – all contributed to this astronomical growth,” says Andy Lubbe, festival manager.

These statistics certainly project positive figures for the economy of the Lowveld. Only spanning four and a half days, InniBos is the single biggest annual event contributor. The festival gave the economy a massive injection last year of R20,9 million and it is expected to be considerably more this year.

The festival showcased more than 50 productions presented at 15 locations in and around Nelspruit. Influential South African artists such as Bok van Blerk, Chris Chameleon, Valiant Swart, Jan Blohm, DNA Strings and Prime Circle also contributed to the record attendance.

The main course on the Standard Bank stage was the internationally renowned Smokie, a group that boasts hits like Living next door to Alice and Needles and Pins. They came all the way to South Africa especially for InniBos.

More information from festival manager Andy Lubbe on 082 409 2333 or marketing manager Sandra Jacobs on 082 853 7885.




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