Picture this: The wide-open spaces of the Adelaide hills, cider and beer flowing, delicious eats aplenty, great tunes provided by talented Aussie musicians and all the good vibes your heart desires. Also, you’re helping out those in need just by having an awesome time. Sound like a dream? It isn’t, it’s just Adelaide’s own Music for Moshi festival.
What started as an imaginative spark between two siblings has snowballed into a music festival of epic proportions all run and sponsored by the SA community, and we’re in luck – this wondrous festival is returning to us this February.
The idea for Music for Moshi came to siblings Nick and Isabel Van Den Brink after Nick’s ‘festival theme’ 21st. “Everyone had such an amazing time at the event that we started to think about how we could replicate it and raise funds for charity,” says Isabel.
In November 2012, the pair decided to take on this mammoth task and create their own festival. “We quickly pulled together a team of people to help us make the idea a reality.” The siblings were hunting for a charity that resonated with them, and found it in CAPDA (Community Action for People with Disabilities in Africa). “When we heard about the work they were doing for disabled children in Tanzania, it pulled on all our heartstrings. One of the primary areas they work in is Moshi, which is located at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and the name Music for Moshi was born.” With the help of family and friends, the festival became a reality just months after the idea was thought up – February 2013 was the first Music for Moshi festival.
“Our two goals are to create an event that anyone can enjoy and to raise money for an incredibly worthy cause,” explains Isabel. She notes with pride that they’ve delivered on both fronts and to date have raised a whopping $24 000 for CAPDA. The funds from Music for Moshi have directly helped CAPDA achieve some of their goals – from providing educational material for classrooms, to support for agricultural and food projects, health screenings and community networking events such as marathons.
Isabel says festival-goers can expect “a really relaxed vibe, with areas to sit and catch up with friends or soak in the music.” The festival kicks off at 2pm, with live music starting at 3pm and musicians playing well into the evening. This year’s impressive lineup includes South Australian talent such as electronica 3-piece Flamingo, alt-rockers Indiago and soulful singer-songwriter Louise Adams.
With music, drinks and dinner included in the price of the ticket and all proceeds going towards CAPDA, make sure you check out Music for Moshi this Feb – for more info and to grab yourself a ticket visit their website.
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