Suidoosterfees sets the scene for 20 years of cultural diversity

The City of Cape Town is proud to once again support the Suidoosterfees and celebrate its 20th anniversary from 26 April to 1 May 2023 at the Artscape. The annual arts festival has a jam-packed programme this year offering something for everyone’s taste.

The City continues its long standing relationship with the annual Suidoosterfees which is celebrating 20 years of art and Cape Town’s local cultural heritage.

This year’s celebration takes centre stage from 26 April to 1 May 2023 at the Artscape and includes show stopping performances that feature everything from drama, dance and music to visuals art, conversations and comedy.

The festival opens on 26 April with Afskop-konsert, a special music production in collaboration with the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra honouring founding member Professor Jakes Gerwel and former president Nelson Mandela.

To further emphasise the 20 years of cultural diversity and inclusivity, Suidoosterfees has lined up 20 actors featuring in 10 short dialogues and a Laugh more than 20 times production.

In addition, the programme includes a music programme featuring 20 Musical Moments with the likes of artists such as André Schwartz, Lynelle Kenned, Emo Adams, Pierre van Heerden and Niël Rademan among others.

‘The City is a proud partner of this inclusive event that highlights the rich diversity of our arts and culture and offers local and rural communities the opportunity to participate in nurturing their talents. It’s also an important platform that promotes all facets of creativity and contributes to boosting Cape Town’s economy and our efforts to create and sustain jobs. I encourage all Capetonians and visitors to our beautiful city to join in on the gees of this cultural celebration,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

The Suidoosterfees also features various development opportunities making theatre and arts more accessible and affordable for upcoming artists, musicians, writers, teachers and directors.

The full festival programme is available here and tickets can be booked through Computicket. Parking for festival goers is available in the basement of the Cape Town Civic Centre.


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