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Colourful Cape minstrels – Flickr pic of the day

Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year) celebrations in the Mother City – a vibrant explosion of sound and colour.

Summer Market shopping – Flickr pic of the day

Shoppers making their selection at the Cape Town Summer Street Market held in the Company’s Gardens in December.

Bo-Kaap café owner – Flickr pic of the day

A café owner sits outside his Bo Kaap shopfront.

2013 Cape Minstrels on the march – photos and video

Playing popular tunes, Cape minstrel troupe after troupe walk down Darling Street in the Cape Town city centre to welcome in the new year, revelling in the perfect Cape summer weather. The Minstrel Carnival is one of the most popular events on the calendar and is watched by thousands of people every year. It's also called Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which means "Second New Year" in Afrikaans, because it traditionally takes place on January 2.

Fazielah’s top 3 weekend festive markets

By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:

(Hand) Made in Cape Town

We can finally say it; hipsters have changed the world. They might not know it, or even care, but these counter-culture kids helped steer a global movement – one that lauds responsible consumerism – to far beyond what was once, a fad.

12 amazing things to in Cape Town on 12/12/12

Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:

A week of free fun in Cape Town

Imagine it’s January 1, 2013. You’ve had a hectic week on holiday in Cape Town – exploring the winelands , shopping at the V&A Waterfront, wining and dining in Camps Bay and catching all the sights and sounds of the city on the City Sightseeing Bus.

Kirstenbosch Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts 2012/2013

Forget Rocking the Daisies in Darling…. This summer, Old Mutual will be rocking the fynbos at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with its Summer Sunset Concerts, right here in Cape Town.

Waterfront singers – Flickr pic of the day

Talented singers entertain shoppers and passersby at the V&A Waterfront.

Tourist by night: An evening at the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront

It isn’t often that I get to be an honest-to-goodness tourist in my own city, much less spend the night at a four-star hotel, but the Food & Dreams Gourmet Evening at the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront on Friday September 14, 2012 gave me the opportunity to do just that.

V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

Gorgeous sun-drenched view of the V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain and its trademark “table cloth” as a backdrop.

Loerie Awards 2012: Photos from the Chairman’s Party

The 2012 Loerie Awards Chairman’s Party was held at Jade Lounge in Greenpoint last night. See photos of the event…

Loerie Awards 2012: Photos from Judges’ Wrap Party

As judging for the 2012 Loerie Awards came to a close, the Egg Films Judges’ Wrap Party was held at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town last night.

Cape Town Heritage Day celebrations

South Africans will celebrate a long weekend this weekend with Heritage Day taking place on Monday September 24, 2012, and Capetonians are ready to celebrate the day, and their heritage, with vigour. So excited are locals that Heritage Week celebrations, hosted by the City of Cape Town and various partners, have already been taking place all over the city as part of the in_herit Festival.

Fazielah’s top three weekend picks in Cape Town for September 21 to 24, 2012

It’s Heritage Day weekend, lovely people, and whether you’re commemorating the day in true South African-style with a lekker braai, or taking part in cultural activities, one thing is for sure, Cape Town is ready to celebrate with you! Join me at the following events from September 21 to 24, and show your #LoveCapeTown spirit:

Tune into Heart 104.9FM for the #LoveCapeTown Day Competition

You have a lot of love for inspirational Cape Town ... Now, in association with Heart 104.9FM and our valued tourism partners, Cape Town Tourism is giving you the opportunity to show us just how much you love her by offering an unforgettable #LoveCapeTown Day to explore the Mother City like never before.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Picks in Cape Town for September 14 to 16, 2012

Your countdown to a fabulous weekend in the gorgeous Mother City starts now! Gear up, Cape Town lovers, for 48 hours of rhythmic music, scrumptious food and delicious beer with the following must-attend events:

Waterfront wheel – Flickr pic of the day

The giant Wheel of excellence is a first for Cape Town and South Africa and is a unique way to savour panoramic bird’s-eye views of Cape Town, Paarl, Table Mountain and Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is hosting with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 30, 2012 as part of its Spring campaign.

Celebrate spring with the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier harbour-side shopping destination, is welcoming spring with a series of refreshing experiences and activities from September to November 2012.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Picks for September 7 to 9, 2012

Let’s say good riddance to the end of the working week and HELLO to the fabulous weekend in Cape Town, shall we? Join me at the following re-energizing events and activities from September 7 to 9, 2012 and discover why the Mother City is such an inspirational place to live and play in:

Santa’s Story opens at the Fugard Theatre

There is no sweeter or more poignant way to pay tribute to your mother than portraying her on stage in a musical about her life. This is what opera singer Aviva Pelham does with moving aplomb in the hauntingly beautiful production Santa’s Story, which opened at The Fugard Theatre in District Six on Thursday August 30, 2012.

Fazielah’s top three weekend picks for August 31 to September 2, 2012

Let’s get the countdown started for the weekend and the end of the chilly season with the following events in Cape Town:

Masque Theatre brings drama to Muizenberg

The marvellous Masque Theatre has been bringing drama and the arts to the magical shores of Muizenberg for more than 50 years but what exactly inspired the creation of this theatrical venue?

Fazielah’s top three weekend picks for August 24 to 26, 2012

It’s the weekend, Cape Town fans! Let’s celebrate a few days of non-stop fun in the Mother City with the following events:

Cabaret the musical opens at new-look Theatre on the Bay

The Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay revealed its new look, made all the more alluring with the opening of its latest offering, Kickstart’s production of Cabaret, on Sunday August 19, 2012.

Craft Beers at the V&A Waterfront

Come Dine‘s Martin Rose shares his top V&A Waterfront craft breweries with us.

Rock art and surfer – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph was taken in Kommetjie by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group member Psuedoir.

Fazielah’s Top 3 Weekend Picks for August 17 to 19, 2012

Brrrr, we‘ve had a chilly week in Cape Town, haven’t we? No need to fret, though, because the Mother City is getting her heat on this weekend with the following hot events from August 17 to 19,2012:

Cape Town market browsing under cover

Everything I love about winter, including the familiar comforts of Sunday lunch at mom’s and an earnest raid through grandmother’s closet, I can find while browsing through the indoor markets of Cape Town. A marriage of home-made goodness and an admirable sense of entrepreneurship and initiative await you at the Cape Town markets, which offer some of the best local produce, lovingly wrapped in a charming shopping experience.

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