Over the past 20 years, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) has brought 2649 musicians to the city, showcasing some of the world’s biggest artists.
But it’s not only about the international and local stars - the CTIJF is also about allowing the next generation of talent to grow through its Sustainable Training and Development programme.
Through the programme, 2451 pupils have participated in the Music and Careers workshops and 4000 students have attended the masterclasses, allowing them to tap into the knowledge of musical legends at the CTIJF over the last 13 years.
Another highlight of the festival is the Free Community Concert on Greenmarket Square, attended by more than 162000 people since its inception 12 years ago.
The festival celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, and in honour of this, event organisers of “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” have slashed ticket prices to make the festival more accessible.
The 2020 edition takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from March 27 to 28.
Weekend passes cost R999 - a saving of R291 compared to the 2019 prices - and R649 for a day pass - a saving of R201.
The CTIJF hospitality packages, with two-day festival experiences, start from R2 999, excluding VAT.
With an economic contribution of almost R700 million in 2019, the impact of the festival reaches far beyond the music industry, said festival director Billy Domingo.
“Over 20 years, we’ve brought artists of only the highest calibre to Cape Town.
“With our experience in providing a platform for jazz excellence, festinos can expect an unforgettable celebration. We’ll continue to bring the very best talent to Cape Town for our 21st celebration,” Domingo said.
* Tickets are on sale at Computicket.