Cape Town Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaWestern Cape
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
Cape Town Festival
P. O. Box 12528
Mill Street
8010 Gardens
South Africa
Physical address:
Cape Town Festival
79 Buitenkant Street
6 Jackson Terrace
Cape Town 8001
South Africa
Phone: (27) 21-465-9042

Festival Description

Festival will be celebrate its 12th birthday in 2011. The festival was born from the political and racial divides which rocked our city and peaked in 1998 with the horrific bombing at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Cape Town’s waterfront killing two and injuring 26 people. This tragic event led me to, in my capacity as editor of the Cape Times newspaper at the time, launching a non-profit initiative originally called the One City Many Cultures Project in partnership with the City of Cape Town.

My commitment was based on my insight into the construct of the racial problems the City of Cape Town was confronted with and still faces. The racist political and planning systems of the recent past have left deep spatial scars on our city. More so than other Southern African cities, Cape Town was subjected to extensive segregation and forced removals in the 1960s and 1970s.

While the results of the spatial divide between communities are complex and deeply rooted, they have been exacerbated by the fact that communities have been prevented from experiencing and appreciating each other’s cultures. Consequently, today there is still a generally high level of distrust and widespread racism, not to mention a loss of community pride and cultural identity in many disadvantaged areas. The purpose of the Cape Town Festival, then as today, is to bridge the chasm that separates our Apartheid-torn disadvantaged communities from the upscale city centre and suburbs by communicating through the arts and cultural expression.

Festival Dates March 18 - 21, 2011
Festival Links

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  • Three weeks of cultural celebrations lined up for 2005 Cape Town Festival. By Robyn Cohen (Tonight, March 4, 2005);=2434904
  • Cape Town: Getting to the ‘Art of the Matter’ in March. (Biz Community, February 9, 2005)
  • Cape Town Festival to Create World’s Longest Koek Suster (Capetown Today, March, 2004)
Press Release:
  • Address by Mr Z Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture, at the Cape Town Festival, 7 March 2006


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