Feast of the Clowns 2019
Media Release

Date: July 2019
Subject: The Feast of the Clowns  

The Feast of The Clowns is the largest annual community festival in the City of Tshwane and it attracts 10- to 15 000 people. It is a celebration of the inner city as a place where people live, love and come together. The Feast offers a platform for people from diverse backgrounds to participate and enjoy open engagements about social justice issues that affect us all. The Feast will take place from 1 to 17 August 2019 with the main festival from 08:30 on Saturday the 17th in the Burgers Park.

The Feast of The Clowns creates a space for magic, creativity, networking, and renewal. This year is the 20th year of the Feast of the Clowns and the theme is “Own Our City”. From the 1st of August 2019, we will be hosting workshops all over the city, and on UP campuses including Mamelodi campus, regarding Social Justice issues such as homelessness, mental health, gender, trafficking, green cities, children’s rights – and how it relates to owning our city. We invite everyone to be part of the programme and the festival itself on the 17th of August 2019. Come and participate in the March of the Clowns and raise awareness about the issue in our city that is close to your heart. The rest of the day will be filled with activities for children, music stages, food, fun games for adults, and exhibitions.

This festival also demonstrates that homeless people want to be active participants in society – they are not criminals, lazy, hopeless and dirty. At the Feast of the Clowns the homeless community participates in the planning and the implementation of all aspects of the Feast. They play a huge role in keeping it safe and they are safety marshalls in the March of the Clowns. The Feast of the Clowns is a unique innovative event, because it is community-owned, it is free, and it includes the most vulnerable in society in creative ways.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and provide coverage of the Feast of the Clowns. If journalists are interested in doing articles about the Feast and to highlight its achievements of the past 20 years in the inner city of Tshwane, please contact Victoria Boshogo. Assigned journalists to the event on the 17th, are to confirm their attendance with Kgomotso Mkhanda by 15 August 2019.


Issued by:
Tshwane Leadership Foundation
Victoria Boshoga (Events Coordinator)
Kgomotso Mkhanda