imibala |i:mi:i:ba:la:| n.

1. many colours

2. a variety of

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"Our objective is to unite all cultures of the world together, in the spirit of Ubuntu through music."

The concept of the Imibala Arts festival (cross colours/cross cultures) is the brainchild of CEO World musician Tarynne Swarts (Pachamama) whose travels, music and academic research abroad inspired the concept of crossing cultures and borders and nexus through Music. She established the Imibala NPO in 2017 due to the lack of creative platforms for emerging musicians in her hometown in South Africa and creating a positive social change in the community through Music.Tarynne Swarts holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Nelson Mandela University and Masters Degree in Education from University of Leuven, in Belgium and is currently a Music teacher in East London.

What is the Imibala Creative Lab about?

The Imibala Creative Lab displays the evolution of the Imibala Arts festival. It offered a creative space for artists to network, engage, learn and share ideas. It was hosted on the 12 and 13th of December 2019 at the Alliance Francaise, in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Over 60 artists from all parts of South Afria including, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Queenstown, Komani, Uitenhage,Mosselbay, Mthata, Nqeleni and Queenstown participated. We also hosted artists from the African diaspora, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as global artists from Argentina, Poland and France. It featured conference and panels regarding the future of the Creative economy. creative workshops which included music production workshops, visual arts workshops and dance labs and showcase festival performances with over 30 emerging acts performing over a 2 day period. We are currently in the process of organising Imibala 2020! Stay tuned for more updates on where we are headed!

Global Networking Platform

The Imibala Creative Lab is a a meeting place for Creatives involved in the Music and Creative industry. It offers an opportunity for intercultural exchange between artists from different parts of the globe.

Festival Showcase

Over 30 acts showcased at the 3rd annual Imibala Arts festival in December 2019:

Conference/Panels/Creative Labs

Key trends in the Creative and Music industry was discussed. We had esteemed international speakers such as the Executive producer of the award winning Portuguese network, Canal 180's Luis Fernandes discuss the importance of building an ecosystem and networks in the media and Creative industries.We also had Dr Lee Watkins an ethnomusicologist and Director of the international library of African music discuss the importance of preserving musical heritage among others.


Youth and Social development


The Imibala Creative Lab and festival was created with the aim to help emerging artists especially from previously disadvantaged areas learn the tools in order to grow self sustaining careers. The Creative industries is a potential vehicle for job creation and our aim is to empower and equip emerging youth by connecting them with our mentorship program and offering skills development workshops.

Highlights of 2019 Imibala Festival and Creative Lab. It was hosted on 12-13th of December 2019 at the Alliance Francaise in Port Elizabeth. Two days' worth of jam packed networking, creative workshops, and conference panels was hosted with over 30 emerging acts from all over South Africa,the African diaspora, Zimbabwe,Zambia and globally (Portugal, Argentina, France, Spain, Poland,Germany) participating. Stay tuned for Imibala 2020


Meet the Imibala Team!

CEO and Founder: Tarynne Swarts (Pachamama): middle Head of Design: Aleksandra Kucharczyk: Left Management: Sihle Tsendze: Right

2nd annual Imibala Festival hosted at the Grand Hotel, Port Elizabeth.

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