Whilst music festivals, theatres, educational facilities and entertainment venues cautiously plan ahead in the wake of the single most disastrous year for the performing arts ever, the SICMF sends out a clear and positive message: The 17th SICMF will take place from 26 July to 4 August and now invites student participants to enrol.
Festival Director, Peter Martens, says, “With due reverence for those who have passed or suffered hardship, we cannot let this pandemic define or defeat us. Music making and music education will be an integral part of the healing process, firstly as we play a meaningful role in inspiring and uplifting those who have carried us through the dark and silent months, and then (as community interaction and celebrations of human life slowly become the norm again), we empower people through music performance and music education in establishing music as an embracing facilitator of social cohesion in the new normal.”
Whilst planning for both best and worst case scenarios, the management of the SICMF undertakes to refund entry fees of student participants, should Covid-19 cause the 2021 SICMF to be cancelled. However, with faith in the tenacity of the human race and in particular the marvels of modern medicine, the SICMF looks to present a fantastic array of internationally acclaimed artists and music.
Keep an eye on our website www.sicmf.co.za for details of artists, programmes, Computicket sales (these should open on or around 1 June) and the online participant entry form, now open for students.