Johannesburg International Comedy Festival postponed due to ongoing student protest action in the Braamfontein area
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
For the past few weeks the #FeesMustFall student protests have escalated across the nation. For the most part though, the unrest has been mainly isolated to campuses but more recently, there have been off campus incidents reported. This past weekend saw the protests spill over into the streets of Braamfontein, Johannesburg and while no one was critically harmed, there was severe damage to property including one of the venues earmarked for the Festival.
Given that most of the Festival venues are in Braamfontein, adjacent to Wits University, the ongoing nature of these protests and with only 2 weeks left until the event, we’ve had to make the unenviable decision to postpone the Festival to early 2017.This was a difficult decision to make but we firmly believe that we’ve taken the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all parties involved, including the international contingent of talent that will be traveling to our shores.
Despite the current circumstances, we stand firm on our decision to host the Festival in Braamfontein. These are very unique circumstances that are not a true reflection of the narrative that exists in one of the most culturally vibrant nodes of the city. We firmly believe that the area will return its true self once tensions have subsided and calm has been restored.
The new dates for the festival have been identified and a full press release will be distributed later this week, once all the respective stakeholders have been informed.
We remain pursuant in making the 2nd edition of the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival bigger, better and funnier than the groundbreaking edition of 2015.
We did it last year, and we’ll do it again next year.
This year, the lineup is Funny AF!*
*'As Funk' is an expression we coined to disguise what it means.