The Cape Town Festival will celebrate its 15th birthday this year with a Community Vibrations Concert on Human Rights Day, Friday March 21, dedicated to the legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela and marking our country’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy.
The Festival will again be held in the Company’s Gardens and will be hosted in conjunction with Iziko Museums of South Africa, which will open its doors for free on the day (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and the Planetarium). There will be two free special planetarium show organised as part of the Human Rights Day programme.
Community Vibrations showcases some of the best performers from community festivals hosted by the Cape Town Festival over the past while, in areas such as Hout Bay, Delft and Atlantis.
“Over the years, we have held community festivals all over Cape Town and the Western Cape and we never stop being amazed at the talent that we unearth at these events,” says Festival chairman Ryland Fisher.
“Community Vibrations gives us an opportunity to showcase some of these amazing talents in front of a large and demographically-diverse audience, which fits in with our vision of ‘One City, Many Cultures’.”
Fisher initiated One City, Many Cultures as an editorial project when he was editor of the Cape Times in 1999.
Its intention was and remains to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the diverse cultures in Cape Town.
“Nelson Mandela, then the President of South Africa, officially launched the One City, Many Cultures project. It is only fitting that we pay tribute to him in the first festival after his passing and in this year when we celebrate a milestone for our democracy,” adds Fisher.
At Community Vibrations Day on March 21, the community artists will be backed up by popular headline acts such as jazz band N2 featuring Leslie Kleinsmith, The Black Ties (with Chad Saaiman, Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen), 11-year-old drumming sensation Danno Petersen, hip hop artist Youngsta, reggae band The Conquers Band, acapella band Muziek Sensation and gospel band, Rebirth.
There will be a special performance by the Cape Cultural Collective (featuring the Rosa ChoirMapumba) with the day being hosted by comedian and musician Ashley Pienaar.
Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, will be the guest speaker at the event.
Apart from the musical performances, the Festival will once again showcase a range of culinary treats for sale from vendors who are sourced from all over the Western Cape. There will also be crafts on sale. There will also be a range of children’s activities.
Special films focusing on Nelson Mandela and 20 Years of Democracy will be shown at the TH Barry Lecture Theatre inside the Iziko South African Museum and artists will be depicting Nelson Mandela and 20 Years of Democracy in the amphitheatre in front of IzikoSouth African Museum.
As usual, all Cape Town Festival activities are free.
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For information on the two Iziko free Planetarium shows, call 021 481 3804 or 0728708966, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.