Viva 2014 Cape Town Jazz Festival Viva! The Countdown Begins

South Africa’s largest live music festival, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) will be celebrating its 15th year on the 28-29th of March 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

In this commemorative year, the festival will bring together the best local and international artists from the past 15 years.

Referred to as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’, nearly 60 000 people attended the CTIJF events, free concerts and workshops in 2013. South Africa’s own premier live music event has become so popular that tickets sell out within just weeks, so fans are encouraged not to miss 2014 as it is expected to be a record breaker.

In time for the festive season, tickets go on sale on Thursday 28 November 2013 and are available from Computicket. To celebrate the 15th anniversary, early bird specials are available to the first one thousand people that book tickets.

CEO of espAfrika, which organises the CTIJF, and Festival Director, Rashid Lombard says next year is going to be very special.

“Fifteen years ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the festival would have such a massive impact. It’s got its own beat now – and we just love the fact that we are able to keep giving people what they want and to promote jazz as a music genre in this country. Surprisingly, jazz is much bigger than people think – it really does have broad appeal as evidenced by the growing ticket sales.”

Continuing to support the power that music has to be a sustainable business contributing to the economy and to overcome all manner of life’s challenges, Patricia De Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town confirmed:

“This musical celebration (CTIJF) epitomises what this administration aims to do in building an inclusive city by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds throughout the city and the rest of the country to enjoy the musical talents of local artists and renowned international superstars. The City will continue to support this festival to promote the heritage of jazz music and ensure that it continues to attract large crowds.”

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile says: “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival continues to provide audiences with an array of the best international and local music, which helps give our artists exposure and unlocks further opportunities for them. The CTIJF also contributes to providing a larger skills base in the creative sector which helps strengthen our sector’s contribution to the economy, by creating much needed work opportunities and the building of sustainable livelihoods.”

And on that note – for reaching 15 years – Viva Jazz Viva!

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