Woodstock Live is punted as an opportunity to establish an environment for creative expression and engagement through spontaneous and meaningful cultural conversations and innovative ideas to promote artistic integrity. The organisers go on to say that they ‘acknowledge the past and celebrate the evolution of Woodstock, striving for an inclusive approach between creative industry, local residents, business and community.
This may sound very grand to the unenlightened but what all of the fancy talk boils down to is the continuing legitimization of the gentrification process which has seen hundreds of families being evicted from the area. Tickets for this sham are going for between R80 for learners (accompanied by an adult) and R130 per adult at the gate. The organizers don’t seem to see the irony of talking about an inclusive approach when most local residents cannot afford to attend an event in a public park to which their access is slowly but steadily being limited.