FREE CONCERTS IN THE PARK ARE A SUMMER SIZZLE
Concerts in the Park are unique, a way of giving thousands of people a day in the open air with hot live music.
They celebrate both community and the parks of the peninsula which are very often taken for granted but many of them have enticing histories that channel the arteries of the old city.
De Waal Park in the Oranjezicht has indigenous trees, a lovely Old Cape pool and an authentic Edwardian bandstand that has been recently professionally restored.
Another much loved space is Wynberg Park. With its greensward and pool of lotus flowers, it is the heritage of every Capetonian. It is imperative to keep these lungs alive if we want the city to live and breathe. The Parks Board do a sterling job in maintaining the parks. However, although the concerts are free to the 200,000 plus who attend, they are not free to stage. The present series of concerts held in De Waal Park and Wynberg Park from November through to March on Sunday afternoons are costly high-end events with professional accoutrements and the best musicians.
So who pays for them?
They are sponsored by the Cape Town City Council, The Executive Mayor’s Office and community conscious companies plus all the donors and service providers from the artists to the sound engineers to the designers to the homeless who erect & take down everything every concert day, all of whom provide their services at reduced rates.
It started with the seed of an idea and the vision of the Concerts in the Park npc Director of Operations, Charles Lindsay-Bowman’ that woke the Concerts in the Park brand. He speaks to the park, he knows its moods and with his intuitive imagination and lunatic energy has developed these concerts from small beginnings into celebratory events that capture the hearts of the whole of the Western Cape. The fact that the first concert in 2011 was an astounding success put fire to more concerts and was largely due to Charles Lindsay-Bowman’s ability to enthuse other people and believe in their talents and it was then people started sitting up and saying, “Hey, this is an idea whose time has come.”
The Cape Town City Council Parks Department set the tone with in depth co-operation which led to generous community conscious sponsorships by several companies.
Five years on Concerts in the Park NPC is a formally registered non-profit company that promotes FREE musical events in communities.
The original vision had always been to give everyone from suburb, township and rural area, a chance to hear first rate live rock music and enjoy the beauty of our local parks.
The response has been amazing, more even than anticipated and surpassing CITP’s wildest expectations. What started as 2,000 has expanded to 18,000 and more.
As a member of the City Bowl community said, “Summer is not summer without Concerts in the Park.”
DE WAAL PARK