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The Countdown to the 2009 Arts Alive Festival has begun!

Posted on 18 August 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

artsalive_logoThe countdown to the 2009 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival has begun following a media launch on August 12th at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Attended by many of the performers who will be taking to stages throughout Johannesburg in September, including the legendary Dorothy Masuku, the event saw Steven Sack, Joburg’s Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage, outline a jam-packed programme of events that covers 50 venues and 63 stages during its 30-day run.

“Joburg Arts Alive is a very important event on the City’s calendar,” said Mr Sack. “It remains our flagship cultural product illustrating that, as a City, we truly value the arts sector. It is, after all, the artists who record our history. It is to them that we turn to feel the emotion and the heart beat of times past and times present.”

Nomahlubi Simamane, MD of Zanusi Brand Solutions which has been contracted to run Arts Alive for the next three years, echoed Sack’s words, revealing that 2009 will see the Joburg Arts Alive International Festival “Switched On’ with a bang on Thursday September 3rd when the 17th annual festival officially gets underway with an opening night in Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square. Hosted by the Executive Mayor Masondo, Joburg Arts Alive’s opening event will feature a stunning mix of music – from a massed children’s choir to the delights of a percussion and winds ensemble and a moving tribute to iconic singer Dorothy Masuku, one of Johannesburg’s most treasured residents who turns 74 on that day.

One of the key partners for the 2009 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival is the SABC. Nisha Jones, SABC Sales Director and Acting Marketing Director, told the press conference that the Arts Alive’s programme was a perfect fit for the national broadcaster’s mandate to “inform, educate and entertain” and partner with programmes that directly impact citizen empowerment.

Also at the launch was Navdeep Suri, India’s Consul General based in Johannesburg. “I like to think that we put much of the international into the Joburg Arts Alive International Festival,” Mr Suri told the gathering in reference to the three-year-long partnership between Arts Alive and the Indian ‘Shared Histories’ Festival. The latter is one of the many “festivals-within-the-festival” that is taking place at the 2009 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival and is set to deliver a dazzling diversity of dance, literature, spirituality and more to the festival over 10 different events.

With 35 music performances, 11 dance shows, 10 theatre pieces, 17 visual arts events and 5 film elements among the many other arts events taking place during September, this year’s Joburg Arts Alive International Festival delivers something for everyone living in, working in or visiting the world-class city of Joburg!

For information or media-related queries contact Rami Nhlapo 011 886 0502 or email rami@zanusi.co.za.

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