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Gauteng Institute for Architecture partners with the Arts

The Gauteng Institute For Architectuture (Gifa) wishes to announce its intention to extend and formalise relationships with other members of the Gauteng creative fraternity in the pursuit of common interests and promotional opportunities to the benefit of the Arts in our province.

To that affect, GIfA has allowed its Biennial Awards for Architecture event to be an opportunity for showcasing two of these partnerships. The event is scheduled to take place on 31 October 2013 at the Turbine Hall in Newtown.

Earlier this week an official announcement was made by Daniel van der Merwe, President of The GAUTENG INSTITUTE FOR ARCHITECTURE (GIfA) with regards to a partnership with Buskaid, a charitable classical music orientated trust. This is in recognition of their contributions towards the training and promotion of young and previously disadvantaged musicians. As such a certain percentage of GIfA’s sponsorship income will be donated to Buskaid. This partnership is an extension of the Institutes social responsibility commitment to others in our community.

“We are delighted to be a part of the opportunity to improve the lives of our disadvantaged young musicians and we are looking forward in joining hands with Buskaid in creating possibilities for some of these talented youngsters. As citizens we all have a collective duty to assist where possible in creating a better life for all.” said Daniel van der Merwe.

Eighteen of these young musicians will participate as part of the Buskaid Orchestra’s performance at the GIfA Awards function with unique renditions of classical and African inspired compositions.

A second creative component at the awards will be a curated exhibition by the Art Eye Gallery of architecturally inspired art and the photography of Patrick de Mervelec, a celebrated author of eight photographic publications and recognised for his numerous exhibitions in France and South Africa. His book Johannesburg Architecture and Heritage was recently launched as part of an exhibition at the Eunic Architecture Studio event, which was focused on urban regeneration in Johannesburg.

The Award event will conclude with an auction of some of the artwork, with a percentage of the proceeds raised, donated to GIfA’s Architectural Student Bursary Fund.