How to survive the CTIJF
Cape Town International Jazz Festival organisers’ tips to festival goers
THE Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place from March 27 and 28 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
While the event brings about much excitement, especially if you have planned a full holiday around the festival, guests need to be adequately prepared.
Festival director Billy Domingo shares some tips on how to survive the Cape Town International Jazz Festival:
USE A RIDE-SHARING SERVICE
Festivals of this magnitude can cause undue stress when it comes to parking. Domingo recommended festival goers use a ride-sharing service. “There is no parking at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, but street parking is available in the CBD. However, we recommend people to use ride-sharing services like Uber where the allocated drop off points will ensure a smooth and safe journey to and from the festival.”
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
If you plan to spend the entire day at the festival, wearing comfortable clothing is essential.
The festival is an indoor and outdoor event, so guests are required to dress appropriately for the weather.
“Check the weather forecast before the event before you plan the outfit you are going to wear. Wear comfortable shoes as the festival hosts multiple stages and requires a lot of walking,” said Domingo.
While security and medical facilities will be located throughout the venue, visitors should ensure that their personal belongings, including cellphones, handbags and wallets, are kept safe at all time.
Domingo said the venue is wheelchair friendly and adheres to the South African National Building Regulations (NBR) Standards.
The centre offers full wheel-chair access with designated drop-off points, parking bays and direct access escalators to cater for people with disabilities.
There are also toilets and elevators with Braille inscriptions for people with disabilities.
Visit www.capetownjazzfest.com for the full list of prohibited items.
Always stay hydrated and eat at regular intervals.
Hydration stations are available throughout the venue, and there will be a Food Truck Village where people can purchase an array of different food to suit their palette.
“All bars and food vendors operate on a cashless system, so make sure you top up your cashless wristband on arrival,” said Domingo.
Check the programme and plan accordingly. By planning a schedule, you can enjoy every part of the festival.
Domingo said people should visit the website or social media to ensure that they add their favourite artists to their schedule.
TOP UP YOUR WRISTBANDS
As the jazz festival is a cashless event, visitors are encouraged to top up their wristbands at the CTICC cashless station on arrival.
There will be top-up stations throughout the venue for easy access.
MORE than 20 000 people per night are expected to enjoy an exceptionally well-organised festival with international stars, national legends and interesting newcomers.