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ARTS ALIVE (article first published : 2000-08-15)

The 9th annual Arts Alive International Festival of the performing arts comprises music, dance, theatre and performance poetry and marks the beginning of spring in Johannesburg. It is hosted by the City of Johannesburg, one of its main partners. The Festival remains the main city-based international festival in South Africa and one of the leading cultural events on the African continent. This year there is special focus on music from Brazil but a variety of events will involve artists from all over the world.

Sponsors for Arts Alive 2000 are The Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, Ford Foundation, The French Institute, Metro FM, The British Council, The Embassy of the Netherlands, The Embassy of Brazil, The Prince Claus Fund, The National Arts Council, The Swiss Arts Council and Standard Bank.

Arts Alive 2000 Programme Arts Alive 2000 once again promises to be an exciting programme of music, dance and theatre which will be both entertaining and educational to the cultural community in South Africa. Included in the programme is the outdoor concert Jazz on the Lake presented by Arts Alive and Metro FM on September 3 at Zoo Lake. International indoor concerts will be held at the Mega Music Warehouse and The Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown and there will be South African and overseas music every weekend during September.

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival at Arts Alive takes place from September 1 to 3 and features artists such as Jabu Khanyile and Bayete, Trilok (India), Jonas Gwanga, Chuck Loeb (US), Jimmy Dludlu, Marian Meadows and Bob Baldwin (US), Selaelo Selota, Abigail Kubheka, Esther Miller. Rebecca and Pure Magic, Moses Molelekwa, Allan Kwela, Carlo Mombelli and Linda Kekana.

Dance @ Arts Alive takes place throughout September at the Dance Factory when once again, dance groups from Greater Johannesburg and the rest of the country will participate. This year, the Festival will feature the renowned dance company 'Phillip Saire' based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Community festivals include the Soweto Youth Cultural Festival and the Alexandra Children’s Festival. More information on Arts Alive from (011) 838-6407 or fax: (011) 833-5639. e-mail: artsaliv@icon.co.za or website at www.artsalive.co.za




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