Free concert in the square

South Africa - Cape Town - 25 May 2019 - Saxophonist Don Vino fearing Jarrad Rickets at the grandwest casino,when he celebrated 20 years in music .Photograph: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

The City of Cape Town, in collaboration with the Central City Improvement District (CCID), and Greenmarket Square businesses, will host the first in a series of events from today, Thursday March 5, to revitalise the area’s economy.

A free concert featuring performances by Jonathan Rubain with Don Vino and Candice Thornton as well as The Kiffness featuring Matthew Gold will take place today, from 5pm to 10pm.

It will also include a mass Salsa class on the square.

“The City has taken note of concerns raised by businesses in and around the Greenmarket Square about a dip in their turnover. The square is one of the oldest venues in the country and is a significant tourism hub that also benefits local arts and crafts traders,” said mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.

“It is the City’s responsibility to ensure that we create an environment that enables business and events in Cape Town to grow, which means job opportunities for residents. We believe having these events over the coming weeks will revitalise the square and return confidence. We would like to encourage residents to come out to enjoy the live music and interact in a safe space. We also want to urge organisers to take their events to Greenmarket Square,” said Mr Smith.