Launched in 1992, Arts Alive was born of the country’s transformational phase and provides a dramatic and dynamic journey through the vibrant, diverse and evocative African city that is Jo’burg.
“Arts Alive International Festival 2016 features artistic offerings that will entertain, educate and stimulate cultural tastes,” says curator Roshnie Moonsammy.
Jo’burg comes to life in spring with local, international and African diaspora acts filling the city theatres, museums and outdoor spaces across 40 unique events. Flagship events such as Jazz on the Lake, Eldo’s festival, the Moshito expo, Hillbrow Theatre School’s festival, the India/SA shared histories project, the African Women Writers’ Literary Symposium and Cultural Heritage day at the iconic Soweto Theatre, attract diverse audiences.
And while many of the events have come and gone, there are few notable events coming up this week, including:
- Reggae Jazz Night with Hugh Masekela and Queen Ifrica, 23 September, 8pm, Joburg Theatre, The Mandela.
- The Arts Alive Rock/Blues and Folk Night featuring international award-
winning rock and blues guitarist Dan Patlansky and friends, Laurie Levine and Josie Field, along with Nakhane Touré, will be performing on Saturday 24 September.
- Urban Clash, Ziyamporoma: Where artists representing diverse musical genres take each other on to see which one the audience ranks as the music of the youth! This dynamic event takes place on 24 September, 6pm, Soweto Theatre, Jabulani.
- Traditional Music & Dance Festival, Soweto: Don’t miss out on all the moves, as we celebrate our vibrant local culture and heritage. Soweto Theatre, 25 September.
The 24th annual Arts Alive international festival is presented by the City of Johannesburg during Heritage Month, 3-27 September. Booking details available on the Arts Alive website.
Information courtesy Struan Douglas (@afribeat), Arts Alive Festival. Images courtesy Arts Alive.