Cape Town International Jazz Festival Returns to the Mother City

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) returns to the Mother City on 3 and 4 May 2024, promising exciting new features and thrills for music lovers.

The eagerly anticipated Cape Town event, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), features four reimagined stages named Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, and Topaz.

Lindsay Rhoda, Head of Talent at CTIJF, said the team has worked tirelessly over the past few months to compile a programme that pays “homage to the heritage of our jazz roots” and “speaks to the exciting future of music that is embracing all jazz-related genres as anthems.”

Here’s everything you can expect at this year’s event:

All Star Acts

Expect an all-star music lineup featuring international and local acts. These include Matt Bianco (UK), The Yussef Dayes Experience (UK), Nduduzo Makhathini Trio featuring Omagugu (SA), Mandisi Dyantyis (SA), Radio Sechaba (SA), Zoë Modiga (SA), Carlo Mombelli & The Prisoners of Strange (SA), among others. Bassist and composer, Benjamin Jephta, will also perform songs from his “Born coloured, not born-free” album, which reflects on his experience as a coloured person in post-Apartheid, democratic South Africa. He dissected his experience and created music centred around important themes, including ‘transformation’ and ‘the coloured identity.’

New and Improved Food and Hospitality Experiences

This year’s event will see the introduction of the all-new Flavour Junction, located on the ground floor, outside, and alongside the Topaz stage. This foodie space will feature food trucks, a selection of bars, and other sumptuous treats to keep you entertained all night long. For those seeking a more refined dining experience, a selection of upscale options will be available. Festival organisers, espAfrika, will also unveil a revamped VIP hospitality called the Jazz Ensemble with a buffet and complimentary beverages.

The Jazz Café offers an alternative experience for festinos wanting a little more than a general admission ticket. Here you can enjoy complimentary catering and a dedicated cash bar.


Back by popular demand is the artist masterclasses. These masterclasses, which will take place on 3 and 4 May, offer enthusiasts a rare opportunity to glean insights from some of the industry’s finest music minds.

Prices and Contact Details

General admission festival ticket: R950 per person per night, which gives access to Sapphire and Topaz stages.

Surcharge tickets are available for Emerald and Ruby at R30 per person per show. The surcharge will help manage capacity in the venues which can only seat 1500 per show. Festival goers must purchase a general festival ticket and then purchase surcharged show tickets. This is a cashless event. For ticket details, visit


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