Creative Cape Town
Arguably the creative hub of South Africa, Cape Town offers a host of attractions for those who love a bit of artistic flair, from flower shows and jazz festivals to the latest in architecture, crafts, décor and film.
The Mother City has nurtured a baby brimming with artistic nous and to celebrate her achievement, Cape Town hosts a number of annual events to highlight the creative energy that runs through South Africa.
As from 2009, the Loeries, the annual national advertising industry awards, will be hosted in Cape Town, while the Design Indaba Expo (www.designindaba.com; +27 21 465-9966) – South Africa’s showcase of local design, where visitors can feast their eyes on the latest in architecture, crafts, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interiors, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design and visual media – has been a feature for some time.
Once your eyes have been satiated, give your ears a turn to tune into the creative rhythms of Africa.
The Cape Minstrel Carnival (www.capetownminstrels.co.za; +27 21 761 5239) is a colourful musical New Year carnival, and a must-see for the whole family. The Appletiser Summer Sunset Concerts are performances of classical and contemporary music at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch) every Sunday.
If jazz is your thing, the Cape Town Jazzathon (+27 21 683 2201) is a four-day jazz concert featuring local artists and musicians, as well as food and drink stalls, exhibitions and fundraising events, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is an international musical event with a pre-festival concert, workshops and performances by top artists.
There are also a host of venues where you can listen to bands and solo acts perform a variety of different forms of music depending on your taste, while the Vodacom Rittelfees is an annual music, arts and crafts festival providing fun for the whole family.
Having soothed your ears, treat your nose and eyes to the Cape Town Flower and Garden Show (www.capetownflower.com; +27 21 442 0390), a world-class display of show gardens, with lectures from renowned garden authors and the opportunity to sample Cape Town cuisine and wine. In addition, there is the SAA Cape Town Flower Show, an annual exhibition of flowers, plants and exotic species held at Lourensford Wine Estate.
The city also hosts Cape Town Fashion Week and various film festivals.
With sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing all treated to a variety of delights, don’t forget your sense of humour – enjoy a laugh at the Vodacom Funny Festival, a stand-up comedy event at the Baxter Theatre.
Did you know?
From 2009, the Loeries, the annual national advertising industry awards, will be hosted in Cape Town
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Hope on Hopkins Distillery is a small artisanal distillery in Salt River, Cape Town. Set up by two ex-lawyers who followed their hearts and turned their hands to distilling, they handcraft three gins and a small batch vodka, using natural carefully sourced ingredients
Martin Melck House is one of the oldest colonial homes in South Africa named after its first owner. Its history is intimately entwined with that of Cape Town itself.
PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
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