Cape Town Jazz Fest 101: Road closures, weather and what to expect

2017-03-27 19:02 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The Mother City has become a soul hub, as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) kicked off in Cape Town on Wednesday, 29 March.

The festival will run throughout the weekend until Sunday, 2 April 2017.

The festival, hosted for the 18th time this year, is an integral part of the city of Cape Town and this year, will again draw people from all walks of life together - all joined by a universal love for the city of Cape Town and, of course, jazz. 

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With the festivities, however, come a few technical points every Jazz fest goer should know about. Here you go - 

What to expect 

The Jazz festival won't wait for the weekend and neither should you. 

Events are lined up over the course of this week, including music lessons and expert panel discussions.

You can find gigs at venues all around Cape Town that’ll get you into the groove. Whether you're a jazz purist, a lover of local talent or an all-round enjoyer, the festival's impressive line-up will not leave you wanting. 

The Mother City is home to venues that have hosted music legends going back decades. Here are three must-see jazz hotspots to explore while at the CTIJF - 

Lounge 021 @ Swingers - Mondays and Fridays you can find musicians easing the blues away with some contemporary African jazz. Doors open at 12:00. 
The Crypt is another of Cape Town’s jazz institutions and every Tuesday hosts a jam session with talents from just about everywhere. Make an effort to get there this Wednesday, 29 March, when Swedish singer Vivian Buczek and piano player Martin Sjostedt pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald who was born in April 100 years ago. 

Just outside the city, check out Jazz in the Native Yards in Gugulethu which aims to bring jazz back to where it started – the people. Both rising stars such as Stephen Sokuyeka legendary trumpeter dad, Roy, have performed there, along with Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz winner Bokani Dyer.

If you’re looking to have a more holistic Cape Town experience, Rico Minaar, a born and bred Capetonian, offers a more varied tour of the city. The photographer and sometime stand-up comic starts his tour off with a city centre walk. The day after, Rico will take you to a local spice shop where you’ll learn how to make the perfect Cape Malay curry in the home of a friend in colourful Bo-Kaap. On day three, Rico takes you to The Crypt where you not only get to groove to the best in jazz Cape Town but you also meet the artists!

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Weather for the week ahead 

Major events like the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Cape Town Fashion Week has seen some harsh weather this month, but the CTIJF won't suffer the same fates (hopefully).  

According to Henning Grobler from the Cape Town office of the South Africa Weather Service, there are no major weather warnings for the week ahead, and visitors to the Mother City can expect beautiful weather to coincide with some beautiful tunes... 

On Thursday, however, a weak cold front will approach the Western Cape resulting in cloudy conditions on 30 March, and a possibility of light rain on Friday, 31 March. The front is expected to clear relatively soon, with Saturday and Sunday's conditions looking sunny again. 

You can keep up to date with Traveller24 latest Weather Updates here.  

Road Closures 

Temporary road closures will be in place in the CBD and surround to accommodate the events. This will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly. 

NOTE: Some roads in the vicinity of the Cape Town International Convention Centre will be closed from Monday, 27 March, already to allow for the setup of the jazz festival infrastructure. 

The annual a free celebration concert will be hosted on Greenmarket Square again this year. Road closures for the free concert on the square is as follows - 

Overall road closures for the event is as follows - 

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