The Arts Alive Festival’s biggest event, JAZZ ON THE LAKE is not to be missed! It takes place at Zoo Lake on Sunday 4th September. It will start at 10am and run until 5:30pm, and it returns permanently to the Zoo Lake venue.

The event celebrates the beginning of Spring and launches the entire festival. It is free to the public and it’s an event for the whole family drawing on a diverse audience from across greater Joburg.

The highlight for JAZZ ON THE LAKE includes acclaimed Nigerian artist, Seun Kuti with his 14-piece band, son of the great Afrobeat world icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Artists also featured include Paco Sery and his Parisian Band (Ivory Coast/Paris). Paco Sery is regarded as one of the world’s best drummers. He has played with the likes of Nina Simone, the Joe Zaiwinal Syndicate to Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, amongst many others. Award-winning South African artists include Afro-soul singing sensation Nathi, Afropop act Mafikizolo and talented SA jazz trumpeter, fresh from his stint in New York, Lesedi Ntsane and his home grown band, The Azanian Peoples Movement.

Surrounding roads will be closed and the public are encouraged to use the free Park ‘n Ride at the Metro Centre in Braamfontein and Marks Park in Emmarentia.

No bottles, alcohol, braais and firearms will be allowed into the venue.