Suidoosterfees: a Festival for All
The Suidoosterfees located in the city centre of Cape Town, is now in its 17th year of existence and will take place from 27 April to 3 May 2020. Arts festivals and other similar projects have gained increasing popularity in recent years. The need to uplift and promote inclusive theatre culture is what gave rise to the Suidoosterfees in 2003. The festival focuses on promoting social diversity and national unity through Afrikaans. It attracts a large number of local artists and visitors (+/- 15 000) annually, including national and international tourists who come to the heart of Cape Town for the festival. Furthermore, the Suidoosterfees ensures the inclusiveness of all spectrums of the arts such as drama, literature, film, comedy, cabaret, dance, musical theatre, popular as well as traditional and classical music and visual arts. We aim to give local and rural communities the opportunity to participate in the festival through projects such as the choir competition and talent search. The ATKV/Rapport-Harmonie Choir Competition focuses on community and farm choirs from rural areas in the Western Cape. The main goal of the project is to establish a sustainable music literacy program for choir conductors, choirs and singing groups. The Suidoosterfees Talent Search focuses on younger artists in all genres with the emphasis of promoting them through a process of talent identification, the development of that specific talent and the activation thereof through job creation.
The Suidoosterfees is one of the six largest festival of its sort in South Africa with a focus on inclusiveness in all spheres of the festival. The festival continues to focus on staying true to the Cape culture and the Western Cape landscape of unity and diversity.