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2016 Hit the Beat – Press release

HIT THE BEAT – In Rhythm we meet. Unity through Cultural Diversity.
Choir, Drumming, Percussion, Theatre and Dance with Waldorf School Windhoek learners and friends

Fri. 3 June 2016, Sat. 4 June 2016, 19h00 at Warehouse Theatre
48 Tal Street, Windhoek City
Tickets: Advance tickets N$ 60 available at the school office at Waldorf School Windhoek, 081 122 80 71, on the door N$ 80

“Hit the Beat – In Rhythm we meet” is an extraordinary performing arts project, presented by 80 learners at the Waldorf School Windhoek, with musicians, artists and teachers from Germany and Namibia, incorporating dance, drums, choir, theatre, garbage music and film making. The development of the performance included three incredible weeks of choir rehearsals for high school learners from grades 10 to 12, and an additional choice of three workshops for each learner: dance, drumming, solo singing, film making, visual arts or improvisational theatre. The highlights of the project are two performances at the Warehouse Theatre.

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Hit the Beat 2016

More than ever globalisation is an issue worldwide – in Europe, refugees have initiated a huge discussion on how to deal with multicultural issues in many countries. In Namibia, this has been daily life for more than a century. How can we deal with discrimination and prejudice? How can we make sure we don’t lose our own cultural identity when cultures are mixing with such speed. One possibility is non-verbal communication through music, art and dance. Hit the Beat 2016 has as its aim for all cultures to meet in music, dance, percussion and art, trying to put cultural identity in connection with cultural diversity.


The team behind the learners comprises Simone de Picciotto (project leader, choir project, drumming workshop and garbage music workshop), Carmen Nothando-Voigt (dance and choreography), Mia Rößler (theatre, poetry and improvisation), Tapuwanashe Munya (drumming), Felix Spitta (hip-hop and film-making), Markus Sprengler (band singer, vocal coaching and learners firm), Faizel Browne (dancing), Retha Landsberg (Mexican dance), Gerrit von Schouwenburg (Art) and Günther Geiger, Adam Brandon-Kirby, Conrad Hegarty (Band).


The Hit the Beat project began in 1998 – inspired by a student’s idea. Simone de Picciotto was then working at a Waldorf School for disadvantaged children in Baden-Wurtemburg. One of her pupils, chose to do “Drumming” for his Class 12 Project. In the course of working on this with him, Simone began to attend drumming workshops. Soon the first drums had been bought and the first drumming group founded. Since then Simone has been regularly drumming and singing with children in schools.
Seven years later Simone started teaching at the Waldorf School in Windhoek, Namibia – and the project came with her. Here she worked in the high school for a further eight years, teaching music and other subjects. In summer 2012 she returned to Germany, and has been carrying on with Hit the Beat, in the form of workshops at a number of schools, academies and free projects, working with adolescents of all backgrounds. One of the main aims of Hit the Beat is to unite young people worldwide. In September 2016 a group of the Namibia Hit the Beat project will travel to Germany with Simone and perform together with German learners and Refugees from various countries.

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PR contact: Simone de Picciotto, Tel. +264 81 237 00 84, info@hit-the-beat.org