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Absa Joburg City Fest kicks off

Events will take place Milpark, Newtown, Braamfontein, Maboneng and Fordsburg.

The Joburg City Festival forms part of the regeneration of the Johannesburg CBD with nine main performances. Picture: www.joburgcityfest.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Absa Joburg City Festival kicks off on Thursday.

The event is an initiative by the Johannesburg City Tourism Association (JCTA) and is produced by Live World Productions.

The festival forms part of a bid to regenerate the Johannesburg CBD with nine main performances in dozens of fringe venues within walking distance of Rea Vaya stations.

People will be able to hop on and hop off buses as they attend the various shows.

Speaking to The John Robbie Show on Thursday morning, Festival Director Gerald Garner says the event will run until Sunday.

"The opening of the Absa Art Gallery tonight at 7pm showcases a photography exhibit and the opening of a new marketplace called The Sheds@1Fox starts at 5pm on the western edge of the city behind Anglo American and the Johannesburg Magistrates Court."

Security guards will be present at Rea Vaya stations until midnight on Saturday.

Volunteers will also be around the stations to hand out maps to people.

"The whole idea is to come, hop on a bus, go to Boktown, go up to a rooftop party, see a show like Johnny Clegg or Jack Parow and fall in love with the city."

Main events will take place Milpark, Newtown, Braamfontein, the Fashion District, Maboneng, Fordsburg and Constitution Hill.

For more information visit the festival website at www.joburgcityfest.co.za.

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