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Special recognition of MIAGI's work - MIAGI was awarded the European Cultural Award, a prestigious international award that goes to especially worthy individuals and organisations from many walks of life, awarded by the Foundation PRO EUROPA:
At a festive award ceremony, on 3 August at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, MIAGI Youth Orchestra was awared the prestigious Yoeurope-award (Your Europe) of the European Cultural Foundation PRO EUROPA.
Excerpt from PRO EUROPA Foundations motivational text: This award honours the outstanding youth orchestra, MIAGI Youth Orchestra, from ‘Music is a great Investment‘, MIAGI a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2001. The organisation and its young musicians stand among others for an inspiring support of the today more then necessary dialogue between people of different cultures, colors and religions as well as between Africa and Europe.
Earlier PRO EUROPA award recipients have included: Astrid Lindgren, Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Jean-Claude Juncker, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, Placido Domingo, Mary Robinson and The St Petersburg Dialogue represented by Michail Gorbatchov and Lothar de Maiziere.
Left: The PRO EUROPA Yoeurope-award Right: MIAGI and representatives from the PRO EUROPA Foundation socializing in the Beethoven Hall after the award ceremony
MIAGI Youth Orchestra celebrated Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018 ‘Be the Legacy’ 6 July to 3 August - the tour was a phenomenal success!
MIAGI Youth Orchestra undertook its fifth European tour with 16 major concerts in 6 European countries. The orchestra ‘with a difference’ with members of diverse backgrounds, playing with a warmth of spirit that is infectious and inspiring, promises a great future for South Africa and the world.
Prominent Speakers at the events and venues in the context of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra Nelson Mandela Centenary celebration concerts:
President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani
Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Heiko Maas
Minister of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kultursenator Klaus Lederer
Ambassador of South Africa to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxenbourg and the Mission to the European Union, Baso Sangqu
Ambassador of South Africa to the Federal Republic of Germany, Phumelele Stone Sizani
Consul General of South Africa in Munich, Georgoe Monyemangene
Special Advisor to President Ramaphosa, Khulu Mbatha
MIAGI Goodwill Ambassador, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill
Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Wuerth of the Wuerth Group
Audience picking up their ordered tickets at the box office of the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Hamburg, Germany - MIAGI Youth Orchestra 100 Years Mandela / Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
The tour took us to following festivals and venues:
April 11 2018 MIAGI at Global Child Forum in Sweden
MIAGI had the privilege and joy to spend a hugely informative and inspirational day, hosted by the Swedish Royal Family at The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, where the 10th Global Child Forum 2018 was held.
Global Child Forum was founded by the Swedish Royal family and over 300 participants from around the world gathered to discuss child rights issues. Participants represented global companies, financial institutions, civil society, the UN, academia and government.
Wednesday March 28, 2018 @ 16h00
Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, 5635 Mtembu Street
(behind the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto)
The Public Arco Festival Concert at CMCM with Performances by Arco Students and Teachers
Our March Arco Festival took place from 24 to 29 March 2018 - follow this link to find out more about our Arco programme in collaboration with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoir in the UK.
Thursday March 1, 2018
Renowned choir and choral conductor from Stockholm
visited our music centre!
Interactive workshop / concert with conductor Bengt Ollen and members of the youthful choir from Stockholms Musikgymnasium (a school specializing in offering the students high quality music education, in addition to general school subjects)...and... with the Morris Isaacson High School Choir also joining in, to perform for our very special guests and sing Shosholoza together with them - Thank you to all performers and participants and a very special thank you to everybody who helped with the arrangements!
Soweto Jazz Explosion took place on Sunday 4th February 2018 at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music behind the Morris Isaacson High School - 5635 Mtembu Street, Jabavu, Soweto.
With Steve Dyer, Tshepo Tsotetsi, Sibusiso Sibanyoni, Themba Mokoena, Prince Lengoasa, Khaya Mahlangu, Mongezi Lungsta, Christine Msibi, Sibusiso Lerole, Bhekinkosi Hlatshwayo among others.
Mantswe a Marabi (Voices of Marabi) + a celebration of the feel good South Africa marabi sound by Steve Dyer. Marabi's roots date back to the tonwship shebeens of the 1920s and 1930s and is a catchy, highly danceable sound that is influenced by American jazz, ragitme and bles. Internationally renowned szxophonist and flautist Steve Dyer lead a six-piece band at this Marabi tribute. The show was opened by Jack Lerole's Shukuma, a Kwela music band formed in 1994 under the leadership of Big Voice Jack Lerole in 1994 it now features Big Voice Jack Junior on pennywhistle (text by Soweto Arts). Big Voice Jack Junior teaches pennywhistle and directs the pennywhistle ensembles at our music centre.
Below the photo please watch the video about the event with music and an interview featuring Steve Dyer, Prince Lengoasa and Friends on Morning Live!