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A free community concert takes place every year in the lead-up to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a highlight on every jazz enthusiast’s calendar. It takes place on the last weekend of March each year at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Here you'll find on offer an eclectic mix of local and international jazz, which is why they call it 'Africa’s Grandest Gathering', as the Mother City puts on a show of sexy, soulful jazz and entertains in style.
The first festival took place in 2000 and, over the years, attendance figures have grown from 14 000 to well over 30 000. The event consists of live performances from 40-plus international and African artists over two days across five stages and, for those who love music, it’s a festival of note, with musicians playing to full houses.
Big names to have performed at the festival include Lauryn Hill, Dan Brubeck, James Ingram, Dave Sanchez, Dave Koz, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others. Local musical greats such as Hugh Masekela and Jimmy Dludlu continue to thrill audiences and there are also workshops and events highlighting new, young, talents and investing in the future of South African jazz.
Cape Town’s hotels are only too keen to put on special packages for festival-goers and excellent deals are available for those who want to travel to the Mother City. Pre- and post-tours include visits to major attractions such as Robben Island and Table Mountain, as well as visiting the townships for more local flavour (and more local jazz).
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is now ranked as one of the top jazz festivals in the world and is right up there with Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival and Switzerland’s Montreux Festival.