The Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein celebrated 60 years of existence by honouring 20 outstanding artists in music, the performing arts, theatre and literature on Saturday night.
Themed The Diamond Jubilee Evening of Celebration, the night started with an unveiling of a walk of fame in the main entrance of the theatre of people such as Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Prof Mzilikazi Khumalo, Brenda Fassie, Desmond Dube, Don Mattera, Gibson Kente, Trevor Noah, Gregory Maqoma, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Tobie Cronje, John Kani, Miriam Makeba, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Patrick Mynhard, Mimi Coetzee, Des/Dawn Lindberg, Joan Brickhill and Janice Honeyman.
Those who were honoured posthumously had their family members accepting the honour on their behalf.
The black tie event saw young and old gather at the theatre for the diamond jubilee. It was the biggest party in the theatre industry since the pandemic began. It attracted TV stars, comedians, businessmen, politicians, artists and ordinary people. There was music, food and drinks galore.
Newly appointed artistic director James Ngcobo, who took up his position on July 1, has not wasted any time getting some work done.
Ngcobo produced a celebration show that fused acting, music performances and dance.
The evening featured music from Gershwin, Le Cage aux Folles, and The Colour Purple.