Music festival brings holiday spirit to city

Artists Loukmaan Adams and Robin Pieters backstage at Unity on the Square held at Greenmarket Square on Thursday December 16. The music festival, featuring local artists was organised by Mr Adams.

People from all over the city braved the wind to spend Reconciliation Day, Thursday December 16, at the inaugural Unity on the Square music festival, at Greenmarket Square.

The event was the brainchild of renowned local artist Loukmaan Adams, aimed at promoting a sense of unity, hope, and love this holiday season.

The music concert featured local artists including Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Don Vino, Paxton Fielies, Mel Jones, Nur Abrahams, Alistair Izobel and the legendary David Kramar, among others.

Chantelle London from Eerste River and Rene Coetzee from Grabouw travelled from far to attend the event.
Jasmine Meyer and her mom, Joan Meyer, from Kraaifontein
From left are Zaida and Farieda Taliep from Woodstock, Zulfa and Moegamat Adams from Pinelands, Yusuf Behardien from Pinati Estate and Hajierah Javar from Bo-Kaap, who all enjoyed a family day out.
Brothers Umar and Aziz Vardien from Salt River
Gairoenisa Vardien, Mawadda Vardien and Mariam Vardien, from Salt River
Craig Lucas on stage at Unity on the Square
Artists Loukmaan Adams and Robin Pieters backstage at Unity on the Square.
Seated are Faaria Shaik from Cravenby and Zuleigha Isaacs from Bellville. Standing behind them is Aeysha Christians, also from Bellville.
Zia Fielies from Manenberg and Ashleigh Lubbe from Belhar boogied to the music.
Robin Pieters kept people tapping their feet.
Zaakirah Green with little Kauthar, 3, from Manenberg, Tylor Swartz from Retreat
Thania Narker from Kuils River and Nafeesa Ismail from Maitland
Benjamin, 4 and Joseph Boltman, 7, from Southfield, looked adorable in their festive hats.
Shamgar Boltman, 7, and Hannah Boltman, 8,  from Bothasig with Pearl Boltman, from the city centre.
Jazz musician Don Vino on stage
Maurite and Boaz Boltman from Bothasig.
Abdul Saban, Anieqah Samsodien, Nadia Adams and Ebrahim Adams, all from Kensington.
Artist Alistair Izobell got the crowd dancing.
Artist Nur Abrahams joined Alistair Izobell (in the background) on stage for an upbeat duet.
Caroline and Patrick Dudgeon from Observatory enjoy a carnival snack while watching the show.