Sunday July 10th, host families and the participants meet to welcome the young South Africans and their group leaders at Neuchatel train station. Greeted with a welcome banner created before by the young Swiss, everybody met over a welcome snack and to meet their host family or his/her guest(s).
In order to introduce the Masifunde Youth Choir and to promote Friday evening’s final concert, the young South Africans, accompanied by the Swiss for some of the songs, staged a small concert in the centre of Neuchatel the afternoon of July 12th. This was an opportunity for all to discover the Neuchatel population’s enthusiasm for South African music and to develop a sense of pride and belonging for a project celebrating tolerance and friendship.
EVENING WITH HOST FAMILIES
With the aim of bringing together the different participants of the project and to get to know the host families involved, an international evening was organized where everyone had the chance to bring a culinary speciality. This provided an occasion for each individual to share their first experiences of the Sounds of Peace be it either as a host family, a volunteer, a participant or organizer.
SWISS BBQ AND VIEW ON THE LAKE FROM CHAUMONT
Friday July 14th, following the general concert rehearsal, everyone made his/her way by bus or cable car to Chaumont, where a grand Swiss sausage BBQ was waiting for them. After a meal in a relaxed atmosphere, the more courageous of the group climbed the Chaumont Tower to admire the view and stunning landscape of the region - an experience both stressful and memorable for the participants.
The climax of the project, Friday evening’s concert was the big moment to present the success of a week of work and exchange. In front of a full hall of more than 230 spectators, the young Swiss and South Africans performed the songs of here and beyond with energy and passion. Once the official concert was over, the performance moved outdoors to the rapturous applause of the general public and passers-by.
IMBEWU would like to congratulate the South African and Swiss participants, and warmly thank all the individuals and organisations who made this project possible.
Organisers and group leaders :
Camille Borer • Emmanuel Charmillot • Tarryn Mintoor • Sebastien Frochaux • Msikeleli Moli • Florence Chitacumbi • Fatima Klett • Tamara Southward • Sylvain Jaccard • Luc Aeschlimann • Anne Remond
Host families and volunteers :
Esther • Suzanne et François • Myriam • François • Anne-Marie • Hugues • François • Alice • Julia • Hannah • Héloïse • Morgane • Cloe • Viviane • Lyn • Sharon • Clementine • Noemie • Samuel • Manuela • Sule • Aurore • Elisa • Zoe
Masifunde • Latitude 21 • Neuchatel conservatory of music • City of Neuchatel
See photos from the week below and on our Facebook page (here).