South African tourism brings the art & music culture of South Africa to New York city with jazz festival and film screening
Local Premiere of Acclaimed South African Documentary Prefaces
2012 Pan Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center this Father’s Day Weekend
June 15, 2012, New York, NY — In celebration of South Africa’s vibrant art culture, South African Tourism is set to showcase the country’s important cultural pillars of art and music through a VIP reception on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at New York City’s Jazz! at Lincoln Center. The event will also commemorate Youth Day, an official South African holiday that memorializes the historic Soweto Uprising and honors the young students who lost their lives in a momentous struggle against the Apartheid in 1976. To raise awareness of South Africa’s contemporary arts and youth culture, this jubilant affair will feature a private screening of Stocktown X: South Africa – an original film illustrating the emerging youth art scene by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Teddy Goitom – in conjunction with a poignant photo exhibit depicting lives of young South Africans in Johannesburg. The reception will kick-off a night of titillating music at the 8th Annual Pan Jazz Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Stocktown X: South Africa, the gripping documentary by Swedish-based directors, Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft, follows the young filmmakers on their journey through the historic cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. Highlighting the contemporary art and music culture prevalent among South Africa’s younger generation, Stocktown X: South Africa successfully uncovers the new Rainbow Nation.
During this year’s 8th annual Pan Jazz Festival, the headlining event of this culturally-infused evening, two world-renowned musicians are set to captivate jazz enthusiasts from around the globe – South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai and Soweto-born bassist, Bakithi Kumalo. Having performed alongside international icons such as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, and Gloria Estefan, Mazwai and Kumalo will join the ranks of award-winning performers before them as they take the stage at the famed Frederick P. Rose Hall for the first time.
For more information on South Africa’s contemporary art culture, visit www.southafrica.net, follow @SouthAfrica on Twitter and Visit South Africa on Facebook.
For further information or to book an interview contact:
David DiGregorio at SA Tourism Min Tak/ Erica Mapa
Tel: +1 212 471 6255 Tel: +1 973-588-2000
South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed by Chief Executive Officer Thulani Nzima and Chief Operating Officer Timothy Scholtz.