2021 Cape Town International Jazz Festival cancelled

MPHO RANTAO

THE coronavirus pandemic continues to upturn the entertainment industry as many cultural and arts events get cancelled in an effort to decrease infections from events that may be classified as super-spreaders events.

The Cape Town Jazz Festival is no exception. 

Producers espAfrika announced that the 2021 edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival would be cancelled, due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic that has seen an increase in infections in South Africa, where the jazz festival is hosted. 

This announcement was made amidst the country’s President Ramaphosa’s heartfelt plea for the country to be extra cautious with the oncoming second wave.

The festival’s producers also announced that the event held traditionally annually in March would be pushed back to 2022. “We were optimistic that we would be able to host the festival again in 2021”, stated festival director, Billy Domingo. 

“Sadly, we find ourselves in the midst of a dreaded second wave of Covid-19 infections, the impact of which, by all will be felt deep into 2021. It is for this reason that we have decided to postpone the festival to 2022.

“We trust that our valued sponsors, corporate clients and festinos will stand with us in caution and solidarity to play our part in minimizing the spread of this virus”. 

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a cultural-magnet event for South Africa, with over 37 000 local and international attending the coastal event annually. 

In an effort to keep the love of jazz alive, Domingo announced that espAfrika has been working hard to develop an online take of the jazz festival, that will take place in 2021, creating a new online series of intimate jazz experiences called JazzFix – which kicks off in the first half of next year. 

“While the road to CTIJF 2022 will be a long one, it won’t be without the joy and nostalgia jazz music brings”, Domingo said. 

“JazzFix will include footage of some of the festival’s greatest moments and shows exclusively performed at the festival over the past 20 years, which includes interviews with artists who performed! 

“We’ve put together the perfect ‘FIX’ for the lovers of all genres of jazz”, explained Domingo.

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