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Saturday, June 6, 2020


The Rainbow is one of many art spaces struggling to survive the CoViD-19 lockdown. The KZN venue’s place in the history of South African jazz and the struggle against apartheid is extraordinary.

 The Rainbow is situated at the bottom end of Pinetown’s Stanfield Land amid the hustle of the nearby taxi rank. Long before Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke about “the rainbow nation”, the Rainbow offered a glimpse of a freer society that could sing dance and love across the colour line despite the uncertainty of those times. The CoViDl Lockdown has made it impossible for entertainment and arts venues to continue operating in their usual capacity, and many may not survive the crisis. 

 The Rainbow has begun a crowdfunding campaign to keep the venue and its history alive.

 The full article was first published on New Frame on May 15, 2020 :