No Cape Town International Jazz festival this year, show will return in 2022 due to Covid-19

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Chaka Khan at the 20th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2019.
Chaka Khan at the 20th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2019.
Esa Alexander

South Africans will have to wait till 2022 before getting a chance to attend one of the most loved jazz festivals in the country.

The organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival have postponed the annual show due to Covid-19 and have said that it will only be returning in 2022.

“The decision to postpone the 2020 Cape Town International Jazz Festival in March was one not taken lightly and made in the best interest of our valued festival goers, sponsors, and corporate clients. This decision was accompanied by an optimistic view to host the festival once again in 2021. Sadly, we currently find ourselves in the midst of a dreaded second wave of covid-19 infections, the impact of which, by all accounts, we will feel deep into 2021.

"The health and safety of everyone involved with the festival is of paramount importance. It is for this reason that we have decided to postpone the festival to 2022,” festival director Billy Domingo said in a statement.

The organisers will instead be hosting a series of online events and smaller live experiences throughout 2021, they will also have online shows that play back some of the iconic moments from the festival.

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“JazzFix will be formally launched early in the new year. The online shows present footage of some of the festival’s greatest moments and shows exclusively performed at the festival over the past 20 years, which includes interviews with artists who performed! The shows promise to be the perfect “FIX” of entertainment for the lovers of all genres of jazz.”

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