Arts Alive turns up the heat

6 Sep

Jackie Bischof

Soaring temperatures accompanied the sizzling acts that arrived in Jo’burg to take part in the Arts Alive festival, which opened last Friday.

Sunday, September 2 saw the popular Jazz on the Lake take place under sunny skies and a maximum temperature of 29 degrees at Zoo Lake in Parktown.

The jazz concert is one of the defining events of the Arts Alive line-up, and a large police presence and the warm weather ensured its success.

A fantastic line-up of artists entertained jazz lovers and Jo’burg residents looking for a good excuse to chill (despite the heat) on a Sunday. Local artists included Sibongile Khumalo, Bheki Khoza, Feya Faku and UK-based South African pianist Estelle Kokot. Omar Sosa from Cuba and India’s Myragiya added some hot melodies to the day’s line-up.

The free event got off to a late start with sound checks carrying on till noon. The huge number of police and security guards seemed to outnumber attendees until the grounds started to fill up at around 1pm.

Water sachets, numerous toilets, roadblocks, mounted police and designated sites for braais and missing children showed that organisers had made an effort to cover all eventualities. A lack of shade did not deter audience members from setting up their chairs and picnic baskets in front of the stage to enjoy a quality concert.

The Arts Alive festival runs during the month of September and includes poetry, writing and dance workshops as well as a number of art exhibitions. There will also be enough concerts and parties to exhaust the hardiest of Jo’burg party lovers. The festival’s hot events and acts are guaranteed to give an added dimension to the warm weather that’s heating up Jo’burg this September. Check out the line – up on


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