One City, Many Cultures Cape Town Festival now in it's 19th year

Ryland Fisher, CEO of The One City, Many Cultures Cape Town Festival initiated the project many years ago when he was editor of the Cape Times.

He says the aim of the festival is to promote tolerance and highlighting commonalities in the city of Cape Town.

Fisher expresses his disappointment with government and it's lack of seriousness of this project that aims to build a non-racial society.

The One City, Many Cultures Cape Town Festival has a new home and will now be held at the Castle of Good Hope and not the Iziko Museums/Company Gardens precinct.

They've had to change venues because of previous complaints from residents in the area about the noise levels.

The Castle probably represents Human Rights Day a lot more.

Ryland Fisher, CEO of The One City, Many Cultures Cape Town festival

Fisher says he hopes those visiting the event will get to see the cells that imprisoned slaves in the colonial days, which is a reminder of when most didn't have human rights.

The One City, Many Cultures Cape Town Festival is free for those attending. Visitors of the event will be treated to musical and dance performances, where members of the public will be encouraged to learn how to salsa.

The festival starts at 10am until 6pm.

Artists include Soli Philander, who will perform part of his one-man show, Nice Coat and All That Jazz, and festival favourite Ashley Pienaar, who will host the event.

Among the local artists to perform will be flamenco guitarist Saudiq Khan, Indie band Born of June, R&B singer Miss Red, soulful singer Swakhile, female rapper Che-V, pop band Upfront, and many others.

For the full interview listen to the clip below:

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