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MUSIC lovers of Port Elizabeth are in for a treat on Sunday, 24 May, as the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are collaborating to create an inner city culture by filling the streets of Central with the swinging sounds of big band jazz and other music to be enjoyed by all.

Trinder Square, situated directly across from the PE St George’s Club in Bird Street, will come alive with this free, picnic-on-the-grass style event, which is set to start at 12pm and continue until approximately 5pm. 

The musical line-up includes the toe-tapping swing ensemble Two Tone, popular contemporary jazz singer Asanda Mqiki, the NMMU Wind Band, NMMU Big Band and Greenwood Primary School’s wind band.

Trinder Square was originally a wide pond used for watering cattle and horses, but also a popular picnic spot for Port Elizabethans. The NMMU Faculty of Arts already has an attachment to the Square, in that its artistic revitalisation last year was undertaken by fine art, craft, design and mosaic students and members of the arts faculty. Unusually shaped benches covered in beautiful, bright mosaic tiles are one of the creative features of leafy Trinder Square, a playground park with shady trees and green lawn.

Several of the buildings opposite the park - adjacent to the Club - are owned by the university and the space has been allocated to the School of Music, Art and Design with the objective of developing an artistic precinct. In this regard, the Department of Music inaugurated its pre-tertiary teaching initiative and jazz unit at the Bird Street premises last year. The concert will also be an opportunity to publicise these exciting developments.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the concert and Bangazi said a professional security and emergency medical presence will ensure a safe, relaxed experience for all.   

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