Johannesburg Comedy Festival Postponed Due to Student Protests

Fans who wish to attend the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival will have to wait a little longer as the event has been postponed due to ongoing student protests.

The festival, which would have taken place in November 2016, has now been pushed out to March 2017 and will still be held in and around the Braamfontein area. Exact dates are still to be confirmed.

In an official press statement, festival director Takunda Bimha explained why the decision to postpone was made.

“Last weekend we saw the protests spill over into the streets of Braamfontein 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 two weeks left until the event, we’ve had to make the unenviable decision to postpone the Festival,” he said.

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Acts set to perform at the festival include Nina Hastie, Donovan Goliath and Kagiso Lediga.


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