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Hit The Beat

14. August @ 19:00 UTC+2


Just imagine if our world was a better place…

This year’s Hit The Beat project is concerned with the numerous challenging issues worldwide – whether it is climate change, wars, discrimination, or so many others. Is it not all based on a much-needed awareness of each other? How can we educate and practice mindfulness and attention?

In 2018, Hit The Beat tried to approach this subject from an artistic perspective. Mindfulness in itself can be practiced here in many ways. We used the arts: music, dance, percussion, improvisation and poetry. We tried to listen to what concerned the young people about their future. It became clear that music connects. Non-verbal communication can bring people closer together. When working with music, everyone is equal; there are no divisive or discriminatory factors. The students strengthen their body awareness through daily dance and movement training. Special exercises not only increase their stability, flexibility and coordination, but also help them to develop stage presence.

This year, the WSW is proud to present performances in which student imagine a better world, a better Namibia, a better Windhoek, and a better sense of self.

Wednesday, 14 August
Thursday, 15 August
Friday, 16 August 2019

TIME: 19h00
VENUE: Waldorf School Windhoek, Andre de Wet Street, Avis, Windhoek
TICKETS: Advance tickets – N$60 for and N$ 30 children available at the school office at Waldorf School Windhoek
CONTACT: 081 122 80 71 or reception@waldorfschoolwindhoek.org


Hit the Beat – In Rhythm We Meet is an extraordinary performing arts project, presented by 55 learners at the Waldorf School Windhoek with musicians, artists, and teachers from Germany and Namibia.  This year Hit the Beat incorporates dance, drums, choir, solo singing, poetry, and improvisational music. The preparation for the performance includes three incredible weeks of choir rehearsals for high school learners from grades 10 to 12. In addition, the learners choose three workshops in the areas of dance, drumming, solo singing, improvisation, or poetry. The highlights of the project are three performances at the Waldorf School Windhoek.

Hit the Beat originated in 1999. Simone de Picciotto was then working at a Waldorf school for disadvantaged adolescents in Germany. One of her students chose “drums” as his project topic for the 12th grade. While working on this project with her student, Simone began attending drum workshops. Soon the first drums were bought and the first drumming group founded. Since then Simone has been regularly drumming and singing with learners at schools and various projects.

Seven years later Simone started teaching at the Waldorf School Windhoek and introduced the project. 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 continued with Hit the Beat 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 August  2019, a group from the Hit the Beat project Namibia will travel to Germany for 4 weeks with Simone and perform together with German learners in different cities to celebrate 100 years of Waldorf Schools worldwide.

The Team

The team behind the students includes Simone de Picciotto (project leader, choir director, drum workshop and garbage/improvisation music workshop), Faizel Browny (dance and choreography), Rémy Ngamije (poetry), Tapuwanashe Munyayi (drums), Ian Jaleel Brendell (singer and vocal coaching) Linus Riedel (piano).

More information: www.hit-the-beat.org


14. August
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Waldorf School Windhoek


School Hall
Andries De Wet Street, Waldorf School Windhoek, Avis
Windhoek, 9000 Namibia
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