Johannesburg’s Arts Alive Festival goes digital

This year’s instalment of Arts Alive will be like no other as the creative industries adjust to the new norm of living with the pandemic. With the arts sector being among the hardest hit by Covid-19, the City of Johannesburg comes alive with the launch of 28th edition of the international arts festival on 09 September at the Joburg Theatre, igniting excitement in the creative industries.

The annual event themed, ’celebrating 28 years of heritage, culture and the arts’, is expected to run from September until December 2020.

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 the month of September continuing throughout until December.

It has been anticipated that the digital programme will create many and varied opportunities for employment and skills sharing for artists, both professional and emerging, other artistic practitioners within the industry as well as service providers in the events industry.

The digitization of the arts events and educational workshops/master classes will provide new opportunities for members of the community within South Africa and beyond to be part of the festival and its artistic and educational offerings.

Supported by the City of Johannesburg, Arts Alive has over the years consistently presented brilliant arts and culture events for the people of Joburg for the past 28 years. The virtual 2020 Arts Alive will once again deliver another exciting programme.

The 2020 Arts Alive programme includes grooming kids, unleashing talent and celebrating the big guns.

This year’s vibrant lineup of events reaches across traditional art barriers with expanded appeal to the young and old, through commercial and avant-garde spaces, ensuring that many art forms of numerous genres and their contributions are recognized while highlighting the significance of keeping the arts alive. The Arts Alive programme will once again feature something for everyone.

The annual festival kicked off on September 13 with the Jazz on the Lake virtual concert featuring Shekhinah, Ami Faku, Zoe Modiga, Andile Yenana and Mandisi Dyantyis.

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