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Jazzing it up at Cape Town’s premier tourist destination

The 22nd annual Cape Town Jazzathon is taking place at the V&A Waterfront, continuing its legacy of shining the light on Jazz and unearthing some of the best new talent the country has on offer. Read more below:

The ‘People’s Festival’ as the Jazzathon is fondly known kicked-off yesterday at the V&A Amphitheatre and will run until Sunday 13 January 2019.

The event is open to all members of the public and it is free of charge.

The jam-packed programme features emerging artists, women in jazz, more than 20 live bands and over 200 musicians performing over 4 days and includes workshops and panel discussions. The event has it all for lovers of jazz and fusion.The Jazzathon has already hosted eight monthly workshops including a festival operations training course and business training, offered to post-matric learners and unemployed youth.

‘The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the Jazzathon because over the years it has proven to be the perfect showcase to discover and develop emerging artists. The rising stars performing at the event are mentored and have the opportunity to perform with professional musicians. We have seen over time, how emerging artists who have performed at the Jazzathon have gone on to make it big in the music industry,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

‘As an inclusive city, we understand the importance of events of this nature that promote social cohesion by bringing together people from different backgrounds to celebrate and enjoy entertainment without paying a cent. We hope all our residents and visitors to our city will take the opportunity to enjoy this event,’ said alderman Smith.

The support for the Jazzathon is an indication of the City’s commitment to ensure that such music events are accessible to residents from communities across the city. In this regard, the City hosts various free concerts in Manenberg, Somerset West, Hanover Park, Athlone, Atlantis and the Cape Town CBD among others.

Source: City Of Cape Town