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Arts Alive festival  entertainment

The 2016 Arts Alive brings Joburg audiences the best in homegrown and overseas entertainment.

The festival is 24 years old, and is a year away from celebrating its silver jubilee as an international African centered arts festival.

But it is not just a build up to next year that we are planning towards, as this year we continue to build on the past years of cultural exchanges, connections and dialogues with Africans on the continent and it’s Diaspora.
This year’s Arts Alive programme will feature artists from across the globe; India, Portugal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, USA, Zimbabwe and France. The artistic offerings will include music, theatre, literature, poetry, traditional dance and music. Music will include a diverse range from Jazz to Afrobeat, hip hop, kwaito, house, Jazz, dance hall reggae and much more.

“The Festival’s biggest event, Jazz on the Lake is not to be missed! It takes place at Zoo Lake on Sunday 4 September. It will start at 10am and run until 5:30pm, and it returns permanently to the Zoo Lake venue.

The event celebrates the beginning of Spring and launches the entire festival. It is free to the public and it’s an event for the whole family drawing on a diverse audience from across greater Joburg.

The highlight for Jazz on the Lake includes acclaimed Nigerian artist, Seun Kuti with his 14-piece band, son of the great Afrobeat world icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Artists also featured include Paco Sery and his Parisian Band (Ivory Coast/Paris). Paco Sery is regarded as one of the world’s best drummers. He has played with the likes of Nina Simone, the Joe Zaiwinal Syndicate to Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, amongst many others. Award-winning South African artists include Afro-soul singing sensation Nathi, Afropop act Mafikizolo and talented SA jazz trumpeter, fresh from his stint in New York, Lesedi Ntsane and his home grown band, The Azanian Peoples Movement.

Logistics and Information for members of the public regarding Jazz on the Lake:
1)Surrounding roads within the Parkview area will be closed and the public are encouraged to use the free Park ‘n Ride at the Metro Centre in Braamfontein and Marks Park in Emmerentia.
2)No bottles, alcohol and firearms will be allowed into the venue.
3) No braais will be allowed at the concert venue
4) Only collapsible cooler boxers are allowed. No Hard Cooler boxers allowed for safety reasons.

There are many more exciting events as part the ARTS ALIVE 2016 programme. Please visit the Arts Alive International Festival Facebook page and website for more information.
For Public enquiries: Email Tel: 011 373 7526