2018 Arts Alive Pro­gramme kicks off

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.com

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg will be launch­ing all the Her­itage Month pro­grammes of the City in line with its com­mit­ment to the ad­vance­ment, pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage.

The 31st of Au­gust 2018, marks the City of Jo­han­nes­burgs’ launch of the 2018 Arts Alive In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val. This is the 26th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val, which has marked it­self as one of the high­lights in the City’s cal­en­dar.

The Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage Di­rec­torate of the City has part­nered with var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­sti­tu­tions in or­der to ex­pand the ser­vice of­fer­ing for the di­verse peo­ple of the City. Part­ners for the fes­ti­val in­clude the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation, Hill­brow Out­reach Foun­da­tion, Iris Dawn Parker Pro­duc­tions, Her­itage Unity Fes­ti­val NPC, the Global Dance Supreme as well as well as C-Ma­jor Pro­duc­tions.

“The City is also de­lighted to an­nounce a part­ner­ship with Moshito, one of the pre­miere mu­sic ini­ti­a­tions in the City. This will go a long way in fa­cil­i­tat­ing busi­ness to busi­ness links in the mu­sic sec­tor – aligned to one of our pri­or­i­ties to grow the econ­omy of the City. Arts alive gives us an op­por­tu­nity to shake off the win­ter blues, and jump into Her­itage Month - a month that gives a plat­form for the recog­ni­tion and ex­pres­sion of the dif­fer­ent as­pects of our coun­try’s di­verse cul­ture - through creative ex­pres­sion like mu­sic, dance and drama, as well as through the com­mem­o­ra­tion of our rich his­tor­i­cal in­her­i­tance,” said Cllr Nonhlanhla Si­fumba, MMC for Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Added to this, there is no bet­ter place to host the Fes­ti­val than in the City of Jo­han­nes­burg. Jo­han­nes­burg has for decades been a ‘melt­ing pot’ of cul­ture and tra­di­tion a po­lit­i­cal hub, and the eco­nomic cen­tre of the coun­try. Mi­grants come to the City from all over the coun­try, the con­ti­nent and the world to seek eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Thus, the City is ap­pro­pri­ately po­si­tioned to fa­cil­i­tate ac­tiv­i­ties that fos­ter so­cial co­he­sion amongst its res­i­dents, as well as its vis­i­tors. The arts have, since time im­memo­rial, been an in­stru­ment of peace-mak­ing and keep­ing, with the power to usher in both trans­for­ma­tion and unity.

The fes­ti­val will take place through­out the month of Septem­ber, in var­i­ous places across the City to en­sure ac­cess to all the res­i­dents, with most of the shows free in or­der to al­low all our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially the poor and pre­vi­ously marginalised, an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The 2018 Arts Alive In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val will kick-off with a me­dia launch at the Joburg Theatre, show­cas­ing artists like Pu­tuma Tiso and Berita who will be per­form­ing at Jazz on the Lake. They will be joined by Soweto-based group Afrida Marimaba Band, who will kick-start the Jazz fes­tiv­i­ties.

Hip Hop and Pantsula dancers from the Global Dance Supreme, as well as SeTswana and Xit­songa Tra­di­tional Dancers from the Cul­tural Fes­ti­val and Cruz Aafrika from the Her­itage Unity Fes­ti­val will grace the event with elec­tri­fy­ing dance moves and mu­sic.

Sun­day the 2nd of Septem­ber will usher in the start of our sig­na­ture event, the Jazz on the Lake Con­cert. This year will see the fes­ti­val pay­ing trib­ute to icons in the mu­sic in­dus­try such as the late Bra Hugh Masekela and Doc­tor Phillip Ta­bane, amongst oth­ers.

These trib­utes will cul­mi­nate with a Trib­ute Con­cert for Mme Letta Mbuli on the 24th of Septem­ber 2018, and an un­veil­ing of the Blue Her­itage Plaque to mark the home where her ca­reer started, as a her­itage site.

This is in line with the depart­ment’s pri­or­ity to cel­e­brate the great tal­ent in Joburg while the artists are still with us.

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