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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a musical extravaganza that the Mother City – and the rest of the country – looks forward to all year: a showcase of international and local jazz talent that attracts tens of thousands to this stunning coastal city.

Billed as ‘Africa’s grandest gathering’ and recognised as the fourth largest jazz festival in the world, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is on par with the likes of Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

Since its inception in 2000, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Every year dozens of international and local acts, equally split between African and overseas artists, grace the stage, performing some of the world’s best jazz.

Dozens of world-renowned jazz musicians and groups gather under the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s banner to perform on five different stages. Previous festival headliners have included award-winning South African vocalist Abigail Kubeka, America’s Al Foster Quartet and South Africa's beloved trumpet legend, Hugh Masekela.

One of the trademarks of this Cape Town music festival is to honour groups that display longevity as well as young African musicians who are on the cusp of making it big internationally. Over the years the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has evolved into something more than just a musical event. Upcoming Events:

April 2014

Jonathan Butler performs at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Jonathan Butler performs at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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+27 (0)21 671 8716
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