The City of Joburg announced that the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose will form part of the many venues for the 2015 Arts Alive International Festival taking place on 06 September.
The James and Ethel Gray Park situated between North, Edgewood and Melrose Street will host the JAZZ ON THE LAKE event and will feature artists such as Angelique Kidjo from Benin, drum and bass duo Sly and Robbie from Jamaica, Jimmy Dludlu from Mozambique and Nigerian saxophonist Femi Koya.
The 2015 Arts Alive International Festival will feature a range of exciting overseas and local artists within literature, poetry, master class workshops, music and dance, a diverse range of music from Jazz to Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Dancehall reggae and traditional rhythms to Kwaito.
Chris Vondo from City of Johannesburg said: “We have come full circle and Arts Alive, a Johannesburg City festival was fully managed in the first decade of its existence, by the City of Joburg. For 2015, we are exploring and reincorporating the festival as a fully managed festival through the Joburg City Theatres.”
“This allows us to use all our resources including staffing, to maximize the quality and sustainability of the festival. We believe that all people have a right to arts and culture and every year this festival hopes to serve as a conduit for the people of Joburg to talk, laugh and enjoy together,” said Vondo.