City Fest Set To Wow Joburg

By Amanda Hawker

Image courtesy of Gauteng Tourism

The sadly underrated and oft-maligned Johannesburg Inner City will showcase its renaissance and hidden beauty with the Joburg City Fest. An initiative of the Joburg City Tourism Association, a voluntary group of organisations and companies committed to growing the inner city’s tourism prospects, this, the second annual City Fest, aims to introduce residents and visitors to “the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the flavours the colours” of Joburg City.

Johannesburg Skyline

Sponsored by Absa, this year’s festival call to action is “Go to Town!” and invites people to become tourists in their own city. “We fly all over the world in search of cosmopolitan experiences, like outdoor markets, roof-top bars and side-street cafes. But, they are on our doorstep! All we need to do is step-out of our comfort zones and rediscover the city we call home,” says Gerald Garner, the Festival spokesperson.

The Festival will be held over four days from 02 to 05 October 2014 and will encompass a celebration of various art forms in the nine core city districts of Newtown, Maboneng, Braamfontein, Ellis Park, Constitution Hill, Milpark, Fashion District, Ferreirastown and Marshalltown. Popular artists including comedian Loyiso Gola and musicians Busiswa, Johnny Clegg and Professor. There will be fashion shows, art exhibitions, ballet recitals, a film festival and even a rugby match at Ellis Park Stadium, complete with Fan Walk.

For more information on the festival or to book tickets, visit

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