Cape Town International Jazz Fest to go ahead, despite artist withdrawing due to coronavirus fears


To all those who have been eagerly waiting for the much anticipated Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), here is the good news, the festival is proceeding ahead as planned, the organisers have said.

Following the recent cases of Coronavirus some artists including the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim withdrew from taking part at the festival.

It has come out that the CTIJF management was informed of the reason which motivated Ibrahim's decision to snub the festival.

According to the emerging details concerns around travelling in light of the deadly Coronavirus were cited.

“We respect the decision taken by the artist and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival remains committed to bringing the best in jazz and jazz-related music to the Mother City.

“The Festival will be going ahead as planned on 27 and 28 March 2020 and we will announce a suitable replacement as soon as possible,” said Festival Director Billy Domingo.

Festival management is said to have engaged respective health bodies to see to it that the health of revellers is safeguarded.

The organisers are working with relevant authorities that include Western Cape Department of Health, Wesgro and Cape Town Tourism.

They also urged travellers not to panic regarding the virus as no travel bans or warnings to South Africa have been issued.

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