Twelve years of good music and great fun! That is what the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has brought to Mzansi and its fans.
The annual festival of the best in the genre of jazz attracts an audience of 20 000, across seven venues in Newtown, Johannesburg. The Newtown cultural precint is arguably the heart and soul of a city that is known by many as Jozi.
Live and feel three days of sexy creativity, excitement, self expression and warmth. Joy of Jazz offers this and loads more to the thousands of music lovers and those that appreciate the freshe city that is Johannesburg.
“People from all over South Africa flock to the Festival,” says Phumi Dhlomo, Regional Director of Africa and Domestic as South African Tourism.
“And the event is a firm favourite with our our neighbouring states, too… we welcome thousands of visitors from Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique and even from African countries further afield. Nigerians, Kenyans and Angolans alike. This is great for the growth of our tourism industry and adds value to the work we are currently doing in these markets.”
According to organisers Tmusicman, the staging of the Joy of Jazz in the Newtown Precinct has played an integral part in the regeneration of the inner city, having had significant benefits in helping to shape the future of Johannesburg, and contributing to the city’s changing creative and cultural landscape.
Johannesburg is the industrial, commercial and trendsetting capital of the continent. And it’s arguably the best city in South Africa for thousands of jazz fans who are looking for entertainment and things to do whilst in the city for the jazz festival. The jazz will fill your nights. But what are you going to do during the day?
You will be spolit for choice because there’s just so much to see and do in Joburg.
Take a drive around the suburbs to see the world’s biggest cultivated forest and wrap up the afternoon at one of the beautiful botanic gardens in and around the city.
If music is the food of love then play on! Go out to dine at any one of literally thousands of restaurants, diners, pubs or shebeens. In Jo’burg, you can dine out in gastronomic style, enjoying the fare as much as you enjoy the personable, personal service that’s as often punctuated by a sense of humour as delicious as the food on your plate.
Overnight in a cheerful, but comfortable, BnB or in a luxurious five-star hotel. There are plenty of day-tripping activities to enjoy close to Johannesburg. They include a visit to World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Humankind; a bit of big five spotting at one of the game parks close by; or a Sunday morning spent shopping at any one of hundreds of fabulous malls or craft markets in the city. You could even consider dabbling in a little adventure tourism… bungee jumping from the Orlando Towers, for example. Or hiking the Magaliesberg, indulging a little white water rafting or catching a hot air balloon ride just a little west of the city.
So if you’re coming to Johannesburg for the festival, come for the full three days and do more than you expected, visit www.southafrica.net and see what awaits you.
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz may be your primary reason for visiting Johannesburg or venturing out from your kasi. But it certainly will not be the only reason you’ll love the city. You’ll find Johannesburgers to be friendly, welcoming, warm and hospitable. They love their city and you will, too.