Arts and Culture proud sponsor of the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival

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30 Mar 2016

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) through the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) continue to support the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), popularly known as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering,’ that will take place on 1st & 2nd April 2016 in Cape Town.

Hosted annually in the City of Cape Town, the Festival has attracted not only local crowds, but has also proven to be a crowd puller of music lovers across the African Continent over the years.

“Jazz is a means with which we tell our stories. We believe that events like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, where the living legends of jazz rub shoulders with younger local artists, play an important role in providing for a cross pollination of knowledge, skills and talents. We are a nation who loves jazz music and our love of jazz is striving for interplay of individuality with the collective, and also characterizes our struggle for freedom and our efforts to achieve sustainable economic and social development in the present phase of our history”, said the Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa. 

“Over the years, CTIJF has become one of the premier events within our country’s cultural agenda and the continent. This festival continues to grow in size and popularity under the support of the DAC through the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy that seeks to upscale the contribution of the arts to job creation and economic development. This festival creates a space for engagement and enjoyment, and also increases the economic contribution of the arts to the city of Cape Town," conclude the Minister Mthethwa.

This year, Minister Mthethwa will participate in the following CTIJF pre-activities:

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

The Minister will deliver keynote address at the Free Concert to officially open the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This pre-festival Free Community concert is a permanent feature of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and it is festival’s way of showing appreciation to the people of Cape Town, by giving them a taste of some of the world class performers at no charge.

Venue: Green Market Square,

Time:  17h00 - 11h00

Thursday 31st of March 2016

Minister Mthethwa will engage the media and communication professionals on social issues, and encourage transparent dialogue between media and government. Press Club South Africa provides a platform to encourage diversity in the media space, and positive engagement between stakeholders.

Venue: African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Time:  08h00 – 10h00

Arts and Culture Minister Mthethwa will also speak at the Fashion & All That Jazz Gala Dinner. The show features emerging local designers and works closely with WEAR SA to showcase South African talent in fashion.

Venue: Ballroom, Cape Town International Convention Centre

Time: 19h00

Friday 1st of April 2016

The Minister Mthethwa calls on civil society organisations, business, students, faith communities, the media and leaders from various sectors unite under one roof to combat racism, eradicate discrimination and build cohesive nation. The Minister will introduce the anti-racism pledge during the press conference.

Venue: Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town

Time: 11h00

Minister Mthethwa will also speak at the Master class which will discuss indigenous instruments and their use in various music genres. The session will be graced arts veterans and music pioneers such as: Mark Turner (USA), Dizu Plaatjies (ethnic musicologist), Mangwana (Living Legend) and Lemmy Special (Living Legend).

Venue: Cape Sun Hotel

Time: 12h30

Enquiries: For enquiries, contact Lisa Combrinck at 082 821 4886 / or Teresa Magidela at 060 601 7724/


Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture