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The Cape Town Festival, the city's premier arts and culture festival, has thrilled audiences over the past 16 years and the 2016 event will be no different.


20-21 March 2016


09:00 – 18:00


Company's Gardens

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Cape Town Festival 2016:

Media Release

01 March 2016

The One City Many Cultures Cape Town Festival turns a milestone age of18 this year. As we enjoy the last of the sunny days in Cape Town, festival goers are invited to a long weekend of great outdoor entertainment. The festival takes place from Saturday, 19 March – Monday, 21 March: Human Rights Day with the Company’s Gardens being the main festival hub.

The festival is an inclusive festival designed to cater for a range of tastes whether you bring your family or your friends. It’s a place where you will meet the other faces of Cape Town that reflect this one city with many cultures.

Cape Town’s own chart topping musical sensation, Jimmy Nevis, joins the line-up of musical acts. Jimmy Nevis is a musician of critical acclaim, whose credits include opening for international star Pharell during his Cape Town tour performance. Another exciting edition is the legendary household name Vicky Sampson who gave us the hit song ‘African Dream’. Asanda Mqiki, Lucy Tops and Muziek Sensation, MEDU will also be gracing the Cape Town Festival stages amongst other greats.

On Saturday 19 March, the festival will join forces with Cape Town Partnership as part of City Walk Saturdays which starts at the Company’s Garden - the traditional venue of the festival. Youth from the various workshops run by the festival in communities throughout the year will be in performance showcasing their skill in various art disciplines.This will be from 10:00-14:00. Entrance is free.

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Sunday, 20 March continues at the Company’s Gardens with a concert which will feature classical and operatic performances. Featured artists will include Errol and Alvin Dyers, UWC Centre for the Performing Arts, the Jazz Quartet and Rosa Choir.This classic pops music appreciation concert is a new addition to the festival programme. The legendary storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe will also be making an appearance.

Throughout the day visual art exhibitions, art and craft, food stalls and various artists from communities across Cape Town will be in full swing. Activities for this day begin at 10:00 and end at 18:00 with the concert beginning at 10:00. Entry is free.

The closing event will be another free concert on Monday, 21 March to celebrate Human’s Rights Day. Audiences are encouraged to come ready to dance. Featured artists will be Youngsta, Jimmy Nevis, Vicky Sampson, Chad Saaiman, Lady Noir. The concert is from 10:00 – 18:00. Entry is free.

Overall activities will include various art forms to cater for diverse tastes and interests including a kiddies’ zone for the enjoyment of young Capetonians and their families.

Bring your picnic baskets and camp chairs and come and enjoy the last days of the Cape Town summer. Food stalls will also be selling a variety of treats. Please note that the Company’s Gardens remains an alcohol-free zone.

The Cape Town Festival was born out of the One City, Many Cultures campaign, started by then Cape Times editor Ryland Fisher in 1999. Its aim remains to create a more tolerant, more integrated and inclusive city of Cape Town. The Chairperson of the Festival, Ryland Fisher, says: “18 years later, we are proud of the strides the festival is making and we look forward to growing the festival to remain a festival that… caters to our diverse audience. puts the audience first.”

  • 1. Ncebakazi Mnukwana (Stellenbosch University music lecturer and performing artist);
  • 2. Wandile Kasibe (Public Programmes Coordinator at Iziko Museum);
  • 3. Erica Elk (CEO of the Cape Craft and Design Institute);
  • 4. Tyrone Robertson (also known as veteran entertainer Terry Fortune);
  • 5. Hilton Theunissen (businessman and philanthropist); and
  • 6. Deon Cloete, general manager of the Airports Company of South Africa in Cape Town.

For more information about the festival please contact Grant Bolters, Festival Manager, on 084 577 9840 or grant@capetownfestival.co.za. Otherwise, you can also follow the festival on Twitter (@capetownfest) or keep updated on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/429350907239989/).

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more details. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact info@capetownfestival.co.za




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