About Cape Town Arts Festival

The Cape Town Arts Festival, born in response to the 1998 Planet Hollywood Bombings, started as the One City Many Cultures (CT Festival) in 1999 under Ryland Fisher’s leadership, symbolizing unity and resilience against cultural intolerance. Yusuf Ganief, CEO from 2003 to 2007, revitalized the festival, establishing the Cape Town Community Festivals and promoting cultural expression. In 2021, Ganief rebranded it as the Cape Town Arts Festival (CTAF), focusing on sustainable artist development through comprehensive upskilling and dynamic performance platforms.

Since 2022, the Cape Town Arts Festival has been committed to empowering artists through impactful development programmes like the Beyond Busking Project, Artists for Artists Programme, and comprehensive events and marketing management training. These initiatives have successfully supported over 150 community artists, nurturing their talents and advancing their careers.

In 2023, the festival proudly hosted two community arts festivals: the Langa Community Arts Festival and the Buyambo Arts Festival in Khayelitsha. These events served as vibrant showcases of local talent and cultural celebration, profoundly enriching the artistic landscape of these Cape Town communities.

Notable highlights include the Beyond Busking Festival Day on October 29, 2022, held at the historic Castle of Good Hope. This event featured 425 artists and drew over 1100 attendees, demonstrating our enduring commitment to the arts. The Cape Town Arts Festival 2023, held on December 9th and 10th at the Castle of Good Hope, continued this tradition with 447 artists and an audience of over 2213 attendees, celebrating Cape Town’s artistic diversity and our dedication to fostering creativity and inclusivity.

CAPE TOWN ARTS FESTIVAL 2023

HARMONIES OF HERITAGE

Cape Town arts festival

This unique gathering celebrates a harmonious fusion of music, dance and culinary delights, offering a
sensory-rich experience within the enchanting courtyard {READ MORE}

ARTISANS HAVEN

This locale serves as a convergence point for artisans, wellness enthusiasts, and performers, offering a delightful medley of experiences that stimulate both the mind and the soul {READ MORE}

FROM PAGE TO STAGE

Cape Town arts festival, City Arts Festival

Under the guidance of Bulelwa Basse, this interactive poetry Masterclass leads to a grand finale—a captivating live performance on the main stage… {READ MORE}

FUSION OF FORMS

The Shine Visual Arts Exhibition runs from the 6th -15 December and  features an impressive roster of established and emerging artists. {READ MORE}

THE ART
OF WELLNESS

This particular Cape Town Arts Festival event offers a diverse array of practices that rejuvenate both body and mind. Immerse yourself in these revitalizing experiences… {READ MORE}

ENCHANTED
TALES & ARTSY TRAILS

Cape Town Arts Festival

Experience enchantment at ‘Enchanted Tales & Artsy Trails’ with Fatima Dike, the ‘Mother of South Africa’s Drama.’ Immerse in captivating storytelling, magic shows, and workshops—a magical adventure for all ages…{READ MORE}

BRIDGING
BOUNDARIES

In this stimulating workshop, we embark on a journey to reimagine Cape Town’s arts and culture through the lens of MusixXchange with Martin Myers…. READ MORE}

THE SHINE
DANCE CHALLENGE

Cape Town arts festival

This event is a celebration of our diverse society, a true family affair igniting the “Shine challenge” that advocates for social harmony through the collective magic of dance… {READ MORE}

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BEYOND BUSKING FESTIVAL DAY

Beyond Busking Festival Day follows international trends where busking is considered a career by providing street musicians and artists with...
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BEYOND BUSKING PROJECT

This project develops local buskers with skills such as personal development, vocal training, songwriting, music arrangement and production.
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Beyond Busking Project 2023

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CTAF shines a light on Cape Town’s emerging visual artists.

Cape Town, South Africa – October 23, 2023 – The Cape Town Arts Festival, formerly the Cape Town Festival (CTAF),...
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