Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Considered amongst the five best music festivals on the planet (ahead of Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Neth- erlands), this is one event that lives up to its billing as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gath- ering’ – the line-up of key international jazz musicians is small but stellar, and the commitment to sharing the sched- ule equally between African artists and performers from the rest of the world creates a magical cultural balance. Per- formances happen in and around the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where there are several indoor performance stages as well as outdoor arenas (the largest space caters to 3,500 spectators) where the atmosphere is more geared towards partying. Since its inception in 2000, the festival has virtually doubled in size, attracting over 33,000 spectator and revellers in 2009. You can purchase either a day ticket, or for a few extra rand, get entry for both days. There’s also a free concert, enabling the community to check out a sampling of acts, usually in Greenmar- ket Square on the Thursday before the main festival kicks off.
- Cape Town International Convention Centre, Heerengracht,
- +27 21 422 5651
- Opening Times
- Usually the first weekend in April