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Communities invited to celebrate arts festival


Braamfontein – With the arts sector being among the hardest hit by Covid-19, the City of Joburg feels music, dance and cultural expressions can inspire hope and keep the nation united.

Mayor Geoff Makhubo launched the 28th edition of the Arts Alive Festival on Wednesday at Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein.

In a statement the City invited communities to celebrate the 2020 Virtual Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival from September to December 2020.

“After five months of having to adjust to living with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the country having moved to Level 2, spring is here and The Arts is Alive. To keep the arts alive and artists creating new work, we have gone digital and are observing all the Covid-19 protocols,” the City said.

Arts Alive events will be recorded at the Joburg Theatre and in other regions of the City. The festival will showcase visual arts, educational workshops and master classes, music, theatre, poetry, dance within September and stretching through until December.

“The digital programme will create many employment opportunities and skills sharing for both professional and emerging artists, other artistic practitioners within the industry as well as service providers in the events industry.”

Arts Alive has over the years presented brilliant arts and culture events for the past 28 years.

Some of the Arts Alive Highlights for 2020 will include Jazz @ Arts Alive, 13 September; South African Legends Concert, 24 September; SouthAfrican Hip Hop Awards, 26 November; Global Dance Supreme, September -29 November; Webinar on Perspectives on the Visual Art Market Platforms, 17 September and Clash of the Regions, 12 December.