How to sur­vive the CTIJF

Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers’ tips to fes­ti­val go­ers

Pretoria News - - GOOD LIFE -

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:


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.”


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.

Visit­jaz­ 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.


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.

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