Standard Bank’s involvement in jazz started in 1997 with the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. Twenty years on and Standard Bank is regarded by all in the music industry as the leading sponsor and supporter of jazz having made a major contribution in providing this formerly neglected genre with a much needed boost through annual showcases and music development programmes and workshops. Joy of Jazz made its first appearance at the State Theatre in Pretoria in 1997. The first StandardBank Joy of Jazz took place in Newtown three years later and has grown to become the country’s most significant jazz festival. Artists have come from around the globe, however, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz has consistently showcased and celebrated South Africa’s home-grown talent. The festival has contributed to the cultural exchange between artists, and many international performers have met their local counterparts and subsequently collaborated on various projects. Jazz and music festivals have been sponsored by Standard Bank in Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius and these continue to grow in popularity and stature.
01 June 2017
Standard Bank Gallery
Mohau Modisakeng is a sculptor who moves into performance, film, installation and large-scale photographic prints. He uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history on how we understand our cultural, political and social roles as human beings.Find out more
29 June 2017
2017 is already gearing up to be a momentous and memorable year for our county - and this year's National Arts Festival will once again take the temperature of our nation, through the work of our performers; writers; directors; artists; and designers.Find out more
30 June 2017
One hundred musicians from 12 countries will converge in Grahamstown this year to celebrate what is promising to be a spectacular 20th year of the sponsorship of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.Find out more
03 August 2017
Standard Bank Gallery
Beth Diane Armstrong is regarded as a leading sculptor of her generation. For the last number of years she has worked predominantly on monumental artworks made of mild and stainless steel.Find out more
28 September 2017
Sandton Convention Centre
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is the premier jazz event in South Africa and is recognised as one of Africa’s leading music platforms.Find out more
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