Rated one of the World’s Best Festivals 2016 by Fest300, the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place around the beginning of April each year showcasing new artists on the scene as well as jazz veterans. Cape Town may have a significant jazz scene, and is one of many places in the world, which celebrates jazz music, such as New Orleans or Chicago in the United States. The National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. Furthermore, April 30th is considered International Jazz Day and aims to be celebrated around the world. According to the jazz festival’s official website, the event is referred to as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’ and is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. This year may be it’s 17th year in production, and the festival has a packed programme of South African and International jazz artists covering five stages.
Cape Town is located on the coast of South Africa and is the second-most populated city in the country. Music makes up a large part of the culture in Cape Town. The coastal South African city seems to be a melting pot of people from different backgrounds and many different languages are spoken in the area. There are many live music venues with a focus of African fused jazz or soul music, such as The Crypt Jazz Restaurant which offers live music almost every night. During September, the Cape Town Music Week takes place, attracting local artists in many different genres to come together and perform. The message behind the event is to bring people together with music to facilitate innovative change and uplift rural communities. A similar message aims to be communicated on the official website of International Jazz Day, by using jazz music to raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding as well as promoting peace in communities. This year, President Obama and Michelle Obama are set to host the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House and the event may be televised.
Besides music, Cape Town may have an abundance of attractions and areas of interest to keep all kinds of tourists entertained. As well as wide stretches of sandy beaches, Cape Town is a fairly mountainous region which may attract tourists interested in the natural aspects of the area. Table Mountain may be the most prominent landmark overlooking the city, a plateaued mountain which offers panoramic views of the area and is accessible by cable car. In addition to this, tourists may visit the Cango Caves, a network of natural limestone caverns with vast halls and towering formations. Other natural places of interest include Intaka Island, a bird sanctuary for many endangered species and the Kogelberg biosphere reserve which is recognised as the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
South Africa may also be known for its world-renowned wine, and may be of relevance for tourists with an interest in international wines. South Africa’s most mature wine producing estate is the Groot Constantia, situated at a manor house in Cape Town. The Groot Constantia trademark is one of the longest surviving trademarks in the world today. For example, Groot Constantia bottles continue to be found in all corners of the globe, some dating as far back as 1774.4 The winery produces award winning wines and since 2003 the estate’s wines have collectively won 82 gold medals. Other recognised wine estates include the Morgenster Estate and the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, both located in the Western Cape winegrowing region. South African wine is exported around the world and has significant history stretching back to the 17th century.
What other cities around the world are known for their jazz scene?