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April 02, 2009

Cape Town celebrates the 10th Cape Town International Jazz Festival


Hiromi from Japan performing at the 2008 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, photo courtesy André-Pierre

Cape Town is the proud host of the 10th International Jazz Festival. This cultural highlight on our creative calendar is by far one of the most well-loved events hosted in the Mother City and contributes greatly to its fame and flavour.

Attracting over 32 000 visitors, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is noted worldwide as a gathering of jazz greats and jazz lovers – no less this year. Big names such as Shakatak, Diane Reeves, Siphokazi, Freshly Ground, Jonathan Butler, Mos Def, Hugh Masekela and more are taking to the stage to thrill audiences and international media alike.

In recent times, Cape Town has been lauded as a rising creative destination. The international community recognises that the world’s cultural centres are no longer the classical capitals of Europe. Today’s creative meccas are places where freedom of expression, a vibrant evolving platform and the co-creation of a cultural identity contribute to an energy which creative people can engage with and participate in. Jazz may have a lengthy international history but in Cape Town this history is enlivened with a raw creative energy and cultural hunger that sets the stage alight.


Jimmy Dludlu and band performing at the 2008 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, photo courtesy André-Pierre

The International Jazz Festival is an important event for Cape Town’s tourism sector too. Visitors to the festival fill the cities’ hotels and restaurants and create a spotlight on Cape Town.

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariëtte du-Toit Helmbold, comments; “The Cape Town Jazz Festival is an important international event that has a long history within our democracy. In fact, it is an event that really celebrates the triumph of our country through its multi-cultural, multi-national line-up. People from far and wide come to our city listen to the legends of jazz and Cape Town itself is so much richer for the presence of these talented people. The tourism sector benefits hugely through increased occupancies and other activities.”

Visitors to the Cape Town Jazz Festival are encouraged to extend their stay in Cape Town and can call on Cape Town Tourism to assist them in creating an interesting itinerary for the rest of their stay. Contact them on +27 21 418 6700 or visit www.capetown.travel for more details.

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