Rob PetersThe Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
Bianca ColemanThe Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
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Mother City lovers, it’s time to gear up for one EVENTFUL weekend in inspirational Cape Town! From the Grand Parade to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and trendy De Waterkant, we want to see you out and about on the streets of Cape Town. Join me at the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March, 2013, and discover why the fun never stops in our vibrant Mother City.
It’s that time of the year again when hundreds of creative folk descend on Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, for THE innovative event of the year: the 2013 Design Indaba. Held at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre and various venues in and around the chic city centre from Wednesday 27 February to Sunday 3 March, this year’s Indaba features four inspirational events you cannot miss.
As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?
Nobody puts Baby in a corner – and there is no doubt that the beautiful Bryony Whitfield, who plays the iconic character in Dirty Dancing: the Classic Story on Stage at the Artscape Theatre, will ever find herself in that position in Cape Town.
The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.
Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.
Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.
So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.
Painting Cape Town author Matthew Olckers talks to us about his passion for graffiti and why he loves Cape Town.
Cape Town’s quirky Grand Daddy hotel, with its trademark rooftop trailer park, has been recognised yet again for its unique contribution to luxury accommodation in the Mother City.
Bright neon colours, pleats and pastels are the undisputed themes for spring/summer 2012, as evidenced by the jaw-droppingly beautiful outfits at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 25 to 28, 2012.
Cape Town is a city filled with fashionable people and with the number of fashion designers who’ve made the city their home, it’s easy to understand why. But where does one find the best buys? Why Long Street, naturally. Guest writer Lucy da Costa takes a walk down this busy street to discover the unique vintage stores.
Cape Town has marked World Industrial Design day by signing a host city agreement between the City of Cape Town and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), confirming Cape Town as the World Design Capital for 2014.
Every day I pass a large mural on a dilapidated building on Albert Road in Woodstock. It is a painting of two Zimbabwean men, Juma and Willard, with the quote, “Inspire ourselves to inspire each other.” I read this message every day and in return, it inspires me. Street art is for everyone without the pretence of a gallery – it belongs to everyone and no one.
The Design Indaba Expo 2012 had the Cape Town International Convention Centre teeming with creatives, design lovers and innovative thinkers from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March, 2012.
Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, will welcome the premier creative event of the year, the 2012 Design Indaba Conference and Expo to her innovative shores from Wednesday February 29 to Sunday 4 March, 2012.
With Cape Town appointed the World Design Capital for 2014, there is no doubt that all creative eyes will be on the city in the coming years. Cape Town’s creative community is getting ready to welcome visitors with open arms this year, starting with the annual Design Indaba at the end of February, and the Infecting the City’s Public Arts Festival at the beginning of March. Until then we’ve put together a list of places to visit to get those creative juices flowing.
This photograph of a girl with her designer handbag was photographed in the city centre by Ricardo on behalf our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member the WREN design.
Cape Town is host to annual events such as Creative Week and Design Indaba, which champion creativity. There’s plenty to see, explore and discover. So what’s a typical day like in a “designer city”? From a design perspective there are three areas to discover: the Central Centre precinct, The Fringe and Woodstock, each jam-packed with creatives, studios and shops. We invite you to engage with our creative energy and see the city through our eyes…
Tagging, spray painting, drawings… you name it, we’ve seen it all on walls and buildings in Cape Town. Whether you see it as a public nuisance or an expression of art, there is no denying that the street art by more than 200 local artists is getting us talking and thinking.
The 33rd Annual Loerie Awards Festival Weekend began on Friday 16th September 2011, following a weeklong celebration of local creative talent as part of the Creative Week Cape Town initiative. The first awards ceremony was held on Saturday evening at a new venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Cape Town’s design districts range from the bohemian Long Street to the trendy East Central Precinct, and quaint seaside Kalk Bay to Victorian Wynberg. Our hometown teems with creatively designed neighbourhoods. Home to innovations such as the Freeworld Design Centre and the Mutual Building in the CBD, and Etafeni Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town is a showcase of design we can be proud of.
A comment from a visitor to the Design Indaba, on what makes Cape Town a great design city. Photo courtesy Ingrid Sinclair Hailed by thought leaders like Michael Wolff and Dana Arnett as the top international design conference in the world, Design Indaba has captured the city this week – the energy was palpable as delegates from all corners of the globe were welcomed into Cape Town’s creative heart. Not only was the city’s beauty and fabulous weather celebrated by speakers from abroad, but our people also clearly left an impression. Tim Beard of Bibliothèque, one of the UK’s top design agencies, said, “The warm hospitality of Cape Town is unsurpassed”
The shop. Photo provided by Montebello Design Centre Are you interested in art and crafts? Would you like to spend a little time exploring one of Cape Town’s most unique venues? Whether you’re a visitor or a local, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands has much to offer you.
I am often stopped mid-sentence, mid-meeting, mid-shopping, mid-flight and mid-just-about-anything by someone wanting to know where I got my unique wedding ring from. To say that it has become a bit of a talking point is putting it mildly. I am always only too happy to rave about my favourite Cape Town creatives – Olive Green Cat. Weird name, I know, but it says something about this brilliant design trio: unique, tongue-in-cheek, contemporary, individualist and, above all, passionately Capetonian.
The Grand Daddy, photo courtesy The Grand Daddy Hotel website In the lead-up to 2010, there is a growing demand for accommodation in Cape Town. The Mother City has added 1 100 new hotel rooms in the past five years, which means a 45% growth in capacity. At least nine more new hotels will open by 2010.