The One City, Many Cultures Cape Town Festival celebrates its 19th birthday on Human Rights Day, 21 March at the Castle of Good Hope.
The festival was born out of the One City, Many Cultures project and seeks to promote a greater understanding of different cultures in the Western Cape.
The event will include musical and dance performances, among them salsa dancing, where members of the public will be encouraged to learn how to salsa.
As usual, the organisers will be busing in members of communities throughout the Cape Flats who will gain free entry to the Castle on the day. Some of the community members, who will come from Atlantis, Delft, Heideveld, Langa and Mitchells Plain, among others, will also perform on the day.
There will be a kiddies’ play area, vendors selling a variety of food and craft, and festival attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibition, A Decolonised History of the Third World in World War II, which looks at the role of third world countries in the war. This exhibition is currently on at the Castle.
The Festival will also host the Iziko Mobile Museum.
Entry to Iziko Museums will also be free on the day.
A special screening and discussion of the film, Action Kommandant, which chronicles the story of Ashley Kriel, a young freedom fighter from Bonteheuwel who was killed by police in 1987, will be held at 12 noon. The discussion will involve some of the people who featured in the film, including Kriel’s friends Desmond Grootboom and Quentin Michels, General Jeremy Veary, General Peter Jacobs, security consultant Zelda Holtzman and Basil Snayer, uncle of Robbie Waterwich, who was killed in an explosion in Athlone in 1989.
The festival runs from 10am until 6pm. Artists include
Soli Philander, who will perform part of his one-man show, Nice Coat and All That Jazz,
and festival favourite Ashley Pienaar, who will host the event.
Among the local artists to perform will be flamenco guitarist Saudiq Khan,
Indie band Born of June,
R&B singer Miss Red,
soulful singer Swakhile,
female rapper Che-V,
pop band Upfront, and many others.
Come and celebrate human rights at the Cape Town Festival in the form of a picnic in the grounds of the Castle. Please bring comfortable chairs, blankets and/or cushions so sit on.
The festival is one part of the One City, Many Cultures project.
Other parts include the Cape Cultural Collective Human Rights Day commemoration on Friday 24 March at the Old Slave Church in Long Street.