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J&B Met 2011 shows what Cape Town is all about

The 2011 J&B Met, which was held at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 29, was a brilliant example of Cape Town’s creativity, as well as its ability to host big events year after year. There was a surprise winner in the form of Past Master, lots of innovative fashion statements and an appearance by famous Dutch disc jockey Fedde le Grand, who performed at the after party. The main race was an exciting one, although many people were taken completely by surprise when Past Master, wearing the lucky number seven, suddenly broke ahead in the last 200 metres, leaving race favourite, Mother Russia, in his dust. The crowd had been screaming madly until this point, but the sudden silence when Past Master crossed the line was clear indication that very few people had backed him when they placed their bets. The odds of him winning were 16/1, so those who put money on him would have been giggling all the way to the bank.

Your #LoveCapeTown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September,2013

Are you ready for 48 hours of non-stop fun in #LoveCapeTown and beyond? Whether you’re admiring sea views and frolicking whales, immersing yourself in poetry or being active outdoors, there is plenty for you to do along our gorgeous coast this weekend. Join me at the following events from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September, 2013:  

U2 Cape Town Concert: Tickets go on sale this weekend

Big Concerts and partners 94.5 Kfm have confirmed that Irish group U2 are set to rock Cape Town Stadium on Friday, February 18, 2011 and 72 000 tickets for this music extravaganza will go on sale from Saturday, October 23. U2 in concert. Photo courtesy Matt McGee

An open apology to the Parlotones from a four-legged Capetonian

Like most Parlotones fans, I was horrified at the prospect of my favourite band relocating to LA. We will no longer see them at festivals or shows, and are losing a special talent to the US. Thus, when I saw The Parlotones featured in the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts line-up for Sunday 13 January, 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to book tickets!

Hout Bay - Where sea meets Milkwood Forest

The locals like it so much they once declared it its own ‘republic’ – Hout Bay is a quirky coastal town on Cape Town’s southern peninsula.

J&B Met 2011 race photographs

The main race of the 2011 J&B Met got some 50 000 hearts racing at Kenilworth Racecourse as the thoroughbreds and jockeys battled it out for the R2.5 million prize money. The race was won by Past Master, and outside favourite with odds of 16/1. The favourite, Mother Russia, came in second, while Run For It claimed third place.

Cape Minstrel Carnival and road-closure information

The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party and parade, which takes place every year on January 2. Historically January 2 was the one day Cape slaves were given off each year. Called Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”), it is a colourful celebration of our history and sees minstrels, dancers, performers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town.

Wheel of Excellence: Cape Town’s answer to the London Eye

The Wheel of Excellence. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner With only a week before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town launched its state-of-the-art Wheel of Excellence, from which World Cup fans will be able to see the whole of the Mother City.

Cape Town’s top five heritage sites

The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s appeal. For those on limited holiday time, here are some top heritage sites to take in…

Linkin Park Living Things world tour road closures and parking info: What you need to know

So, you bought your tickets months ago, you’ve spent hours deciding what to wear and rehearsing the lines of your favourite Linkin Park songs in front of your mirror but now the question is: How do you get to what will surely be one of the best concerts on Wednesday, November, 7, 2012?

MC Hammer in Cape Town: Can’t touch this!

MC Hammer hosted the second awards ceremony of the 34th annual Loerie Awards in Cape Town. Watch a video of him busting a few moves, as well as one in which he shares his thoughts about Cape Town.

The Rocky Horror Show opens at new-look Fugard Theatre in Cape Town

If, like me, you find yourself taking a “jump to the left” then “a step to the right” at inappropriate places and times (like at your desk at work), then you know about and are probably excited for the much-anticipated South African production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town!

Cape Town Carnival 2012 in Photos

Cape Town’s Fanwalk was awash with vibrant colour as the third annual Cape Town Carnival exploded on Saturday March 24, 2012. More than 100 000 spectators descended onto the Fanwalk in Green Point to witness a spectacle that boasted no less than 11 pods for its Cape to Cairo theme.

The countdown to the Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012 begins!

It’s time to raise the frosted glasses Mother City fans and toast to the imminent arrival of the Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012!

Video – Daring international illusionists break world magic record at V&A Waterfront

For more than 20 years, Cape Town’s premier shopping destination, the V&A Waterfront has seen more than its fair share of interesting events and activities. On Friday, March 2, 2012, it witnessed its most enchanting stunt yet when international illusionists Wayne and Fran Houchin broke the world magic record for the fastest upside down dual straitjacket escape!

Club ZAR opens at the Cape Royale

The new Club ZAR is based at the Cape Royale Hotel. Photo courtesy: Mikkelz/Flickr Club ZAR, exclusive and luxurious creation of businessman Kenny Kunene, opened in the Mother City on Monday, February 14. Guests started arriving at 8pm and the party officially started at 10pm, opened by Kunene himself.

Athlone cooling towers demolition: Road closures and viewing points

The Athlone cooling towers. Photo courtesy Wayan Vota The two 80-metre-high Athlone cooling towers, which are located next to the N2 freeway in the Pinelands area of Cape Town, will be demolished at noon on Sunday, August 22. As a result, the N2 between Black River Parkway and Vanguard Drive will be closed from 11h00 until 13h00.

Five things you didn’t know about Adderley Street

Adderley Street has always been the high street of Cape Town. For many it’s the site of nostalgic childhood memories, having been taken to see the Christmas lights. Today, this main artery of the city buzzes with activity. Cape Town’s central train station, bus terminals and the entrance to the Golden Acre shopping centre, numerous shops, banks, hotels and offices are located on Adderley – along with a jamboree of informal traders and a seasonal night market.

COMPETITION: WIN 4 tickets to see Disney on Ice - Passport to Adventure

We’ve got a family ticket for 4 to give away to the spectacular Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure!

Plenty to see on fan walk to Green Point Stadium

Cape Town Tourism and Cape Town Routes Unlimited (the marketing organisation for the Western Cape) hosted a walk along the 2010 FIFA World Cup fan walk last week. This is the route that pedestrians can take to Green Point Stadium after they have commuted to the city using public transport  

Red Carpet Fashion Show 2012 in photos

Diamonds, fabulous fashion, gorgeous models and raising funds for a worthy cause… what more could you possibly want from the Red Carpet Fashion Show? Hosted by PR and marketing firm Red Carpet Concepts at the impressive Rotunda in Camps Bay on Friday February 10, 2012, this highlight on the couture calendar was a must-attend event that attracted many fashionistas and members of the media.

David Hasselhoff in Cape Town: Photos from the Loerie Awards

David Hasselhoff hosted the Sunday night leg of the 2011 Loerie Awards in Cape Town. Dynamic, entertaining and animated, he delighted the 1 500-strong crowd.

Mandela Day Events 2013 in Cape Town

It’s Tata Madiba’s 95th birthday on Thursday 18 July, 2013 and Cape Town has is plenty to do to embody the spirit of the legendary Nelson Mandela.

Cape Minstrel Carnival 2012 – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

The Cape Minstrel Carnival also known as Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“Second New Year”) is a colourful celebration of Cape history and sees minstrels, dancers and marching bands performing on the streets of Cape Town. Our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group members coda and snapclicktripod attended the carnival.

Ajax and Santos to kick the first ball at Cape Town Stadium

On January 23, 2010, the first soccer match to be played at the new R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium will be a clash of Cape Town’s two top Premier Soccer League teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos.

Cape Town Weekend Highlights for March 23 to 25, 2012

This weekend, the Mother City provides an assortment of carnivals, concerts and sports activities for you to enjoy. Your weekend weather forecasts, as predicted by South African Weather Services: Friday: Maximum temperature of 27°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 22°C, clear skies, 5% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 23°C, clear skies, 7% chance of rain

Put the Mother City on the world’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

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?

Women’s Month 2012 celebrations in Cape Town

August 9 is a celebration of womanhood and a commemoration of the women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on August 9, 1956, to protest against the pass laws so that our generation can enjoy the multitude of rights we now have. Whether you’re flying in for a long weekend to enjoy the Mother City’s sights, treating yourself and your girlfriends to a well-deserved spa treatment or indulging in afternoon tea, Cape Town is the place to celebrate Women’s Day this August.

Heuwels Fantasties:  Wilder as die Wildtuin launch on March 11

Pierre Greeff, Hunter Kennedy, Philip Erasmus and Fred den Hartog, collectively known as Afrikaans band Die Heuwels Fantasties, will be performing in the particularly fantastic hills of the Durbanville wine region this Friday, March 11, as they launch their sophomore album, Wilder as die Wildtuin, at D’Aria Estate.

The magic of The Nutcracker on Ice at the Artscape Theatre Centre

The enchanting Imperial Ice Stars production, The Nutcracker on Ice is currently running at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. It is an enticing mix of ice-skating, acrobatics and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. From the phenomenal set designs, which were computer-generated before construction, to the unbelievable transformation of the Artscape Opera House stage into a large ice rink and the world-renowned cast, this charming tale transports you to a magical world.
 
 

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