Arts come alive this month

Linton Kwesi Johnson, considered to be the father of dub poetry, will be one of the big names present at the 2015 Arts Alive International Festival.

The festival, which will run from 5 to 27 September, is back with a bang after traversing the continents from the Caribbean to the USA, to showcase the diversity and quality artistic offerings from around the world.

The festival will feature a range of exciting overseas and local artists within literature, poetry, music and dance, as well as masterclass workshops. It will also showcase a diverse range of music from Jazz to Afrobeat, hip-hop, dancehall reggae, traditional rhythms and Kwaito.

“We have come full circle. Arts Alive, a Johannesburg festival was fully managed in the first decade of its existence by the City of Joburg. This year, we are exploring and re-incorporating the festival as a fully-managed festival through the Joburg City Theatres,” explained City of Johannesburg MMC Chris Vondo.

“This allows us to use all our resources including staffing to maximise the quality and sustainability of the festival. We believe that all people have a right to arts and culture and every year this festival hopes to serve as a conduit for the people of Joburg to talk, laugh and enjoy together.”

Check out all the events that will take place during this festival:

The festival launches with the Izigi Traditional Music and Dance Celebrations

Date: 5 September

Venue: Soweto Theatre


The City of Joburg will explore new venues and parks for the flagship festival event, Jazz On The Lake, which will now take place at a new venue.

Date: 6 September

Time: 11am

Venue: James and Ethel Gray Park, Melrose


The festival will feature a double bill indoor concert with Sly and Robbie and power house singer-and-composer, Nomfundo Xaluva

Date: 8 September

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Bassline


The festival will partner with Moshito, a pertinent music symposium and exhibition event, which includes the Moshito Concert

Date: 12 September

Time: 1pm

Venue: Newtown Park


Arts Alive, together with the National Department of Arts and Culture, will present the third African Women Writers Symposium under the theme Peace and Turmoil: African Women in the World

Date: 17 to 19 September

Venue: Joburg Theatre


Joburgers will be spoiled for choice with the Speak The Mind Poetry Festival

Date: 19 September

Time: 4pm

Venue: The Bassline


The Arts Alive Urban Vibes Concert for the inner city and greater Johannesburg urban youth, is not to be missed!

Date: 26 September

Time: 5pm

Venue: Newtown Park and The Bassline


The Arts Alive Festival will end on a high note, partnering with Eldos Jazz at the much-awaited annual Eldos Jazz Music Concert

Date: 27 September

Time: 10am

Venue: Ext 6 Soccer grounds, Eldorado Park


There will be a number of industry heavyweights at the festival including DJ Fresh and DJ Cleo, as well as UK-based dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson so don’t miss this cultural event.


Racine Edwardes

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