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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Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
Cape Town sport enthusiasts are lucky enough to live in the city that is home to the South African Rugby Museum. Located just a drop kick away from the Newlands Rugby Stadium in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, home of the Stormers, the South African Rugby Museum is a full of tokens, collector’s items, memorabilia and history of one of the country’s most watched sports.
As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town boasts a number of historical buildings, many of which are still in use today and open to visitors. The city’s architecture is a testament to the many varying influences in South Africa’s unique history.
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