The Feast of the Clowns started as a small street festival in 2000 wanting to address various social ills that impacts the City of Thswane with a joyful protest, positively disrupting the streets and raising awareness, as an inner city community festival celebrating arts and justice, God in the city and the city’s diversity. Over the last 18 years the Feast of the Clowns has grown to a large annual festival not to be missed. As a festival of justice and reconciliation, it seeks to heal, dream and confront, all at the same time.
Committed to love the city and draw from God’s abundance in the city, the hosting of the Feast embodies partnership Tshwane Leadership Foundation & the Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria & other generous sponsors.
The metaphor of the clown derives from the olden day jester who would deliver social commentaries that communicated social ills in front of the royal court. His position as entertainer saved him from prosecution – which was was not the case with any other citizen opposing the monarchy.
The ruling idea of the feast was the reverse order of status. In this way the most important person of the day became the least important. Within this metaphor the Feast invites each and everyone from every real of life to become clowns.
The metaphor can be interpreted in many ways, yet for the Feast of the Clowns, it is simply a day to become the jester, who sees the injustices, owns it and takes responsibility in order to evoke long term changes.