The South African Arts Fest showcases some of the country's beloved musical icons and introduces Angelenos to powerful emerging voices.
The Saturday, October 5 music festival held at Grand Performances' California Plaza includes Grammy-nominee Hugh Masekela, the Mahotella Queens, the Parlotones, Simphiwe Dana, and more.
Film offerings at various locations on Sunday, October 6 highlight the broad range of South African cinema, including family friendly fare.
All events are free.
Sat · Oct 5 · 3:30–10 PM
Grand Performances @ California Plaza
Invited* musical guests include:
Hugh Masekela · jazz trumpet icon
Mahotella Queens featuring Jozi · uplifting a capella infused with Jozi’s Zulu hip hop mix
Simphiwe Dana · sultry voice of Afro soul
Wouter Kellerman · versatile flautist fusing classical and contemporary
The Parlotones · Joberg’s platinum-selling rockers
The Soil · beatbox and a capella sounds
Sun · Oct 6 · 10AM–4 PM · Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live
All screenings are free, but advance reservations required.
Note that the Film Festival takes place in two different theaters at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live.
10:00 am · Otelo Burning · drama (102 mins)
10:20 am · Man on Ground · drama (120 mins)
12:00 pm ·Felix · family film (108 mins)
12:05 pm ·Material · comedy (93 mins)
2:00 pm · The African Cypher · documentary about Soweto’s street dance subculture (88 mins)
2:10 pm ·Fanie Fourie’s Lobola · comedy (90 mins)
Sun · Oct 6 · 7PM
Grand Performances @ California Plaza (Outdoor Screening)
No reservations required. Plaza opens for picnicking at 5pm.
Khumba · animation, U.S. premiere
Grand Performances at California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
About the sponsor:
Commissioned by the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy, the South African Arts Festival features a rich mix of South Africa’s cultural production. The inaugural 2013 event will showcase film and music. Seven South African films and seven musical artists will be featured at free events in Downtown Los Angeles. The 2013 festival will also host a series of professional film and music panel discussions/seminars. The Preview and Closing Night events combine the screening of a South African feature film with a VIP reception. Subsequent annual events will feature other artistic genres (such as theater, dance, and visual art).