Organisers of the CTIJF have been working hard behind the scenes to bring a new series of online events and smaller live experiences for jazz lovers throughout 2021.
The esteemed Cape Town international Jazz Festival has been postponed for another year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Festival director Billy Domingo announced the roll-over of the prestigious annual music event – recognised as the fourth largest jazz festival in the world and the largest in Africa – on social media on Monday.
The festival usually brings in about 40 artists from across the world on five different stages singing their hearts out to over 35 000 fans annually.
The 2020 event also had to be postponed as the coronavirus just started making waves in South Africa.
“The health and safety of everyone involved with the festival is of paramount importance. It is for this reason that we have decided to postpone the festival to 2022,” he added.
Domingo said he trusted the festival’s valued sponsors, corporate clients and visitors would accept the decision, meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
However, all is not lost, as organisers have been working hard behind the scenes to bring a new series of online events and smaller live experiences for jazz lovers throughout 2021, he said.
Called, JazzFix, the programme will be formally launched this month. The online shows present 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.
espAfrika have put together an exciting online series of previously performed shows from the CTIJF archives. Viewers can enjoy these exclusively recorded performances from their favourite CTIJF artists, with current conversations and discussions with the artists. The virtual show will be hosted by Unathi.
The first show kicks off on Saturday 27 February 2021 with South Africa’s legendary guitarist and Grammy Award nominated artist Jonathan Butler’s 2019 CTIJF Homecoming performance.
Tickets cost R80 per show and are available to purchase via Computicket. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, viewers will have 48 hours to stream the performance on Computicket. The online event will be available to purchase for one month after the initial stream date.