Kelly LodewyksLast night the SunStar Beacon of Hope was unveiled and lit up on Signal Hill. And it looks pretty spectacular. Designed by Christopher Swift and part of the World Design Capital initiatives, the SunStar was made with pieces of the fencing from Robben Island. Standing 24 metres high, this outdoor art installation will stay on Signal Hill for about six months before it’s moved, possibly to one of the properties of Sun International, who funded the piece.
Natalie LeicherWith so much happening in #lovecapetown this weekend, it’s not a case of what to do in the Mother City, but rather can you fit it all in? We bring you some of this weekend’s top choices.
Kelly LodewyksThe Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a huge annual event that brings together top-class local and international jazz acts for the entertainment of those in the Mother City. It’s an event that people travel for and an event where if you’re not quick off the mark for tickets, you stand a good chance of missing out. Some of the line-up for the 2015 festival has just been announced and judging by the talent, the next Cape Town International Jazz Festival looks all set to impress the crowds.
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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.
The countdown has just about begun and 2014 is just a few hours and one BIG party away. If you’re still undecided about how you’ll be celebrating when the clock strikes midnight, check out our blog post for the low down on everything you need to know about NYE 2013/2014 in the Mother City.
Oh my. It’s that time of the year where classic style and fashion are put aside for the celebration of avante-garde looks and one-of-a-kind garments that are either custom-made for the J&B Met, happening at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February, 2013 – or dramatically altered retail store dresses and tresses which make the cut for this annual themed horseracing event.
Cape Town has done it again, scooping Top prize in Travel + Leisure’s annual online poll of best destinations and establishments in the world. Cape Town was awarded the the accolade of the World’s Top City in Africa and the Middle East in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as well as being ranked fourth overall in Top 10 Cities list. Additionally, Cape Town’s The One&Only Hotel was ranked as the Top Hotel in Africa & Middle East.
Things are about to get colourful in Cape Town with the Holi One Colour Festival on Saturday March 2, 2013. The festival will feature massive explosions of colour as festival-goers throw safe, eco-friendly coloured powder into the air – to a countdown, every hour on the hour – while dancing to slick beats.
And the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature goes to … Searching for Sugar Man, a film focused on the rediscovery of elusive musician Rodriguez and partially filmed in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City!
Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town’s tourism marketing organisation, is the winner of Travel + Leisure’s SMITTY Award (Social Media in Travel + Tourism 2013) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Global Tourism Board.
Cape Town, our beloved Mother City, is truly a vision ... and how better to enjoy her numerous sights and gorgeous people than on video?
Cape Town isn’t just beautiful; she’s cost-effective, too … the Mother City has been named as the ninth-cheapest city in the world by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, on Wednesday 12 June, 2013.
Ask any rugby-mad South African where the home of rugby is, and they will tell you it’s Newlands Stadium. It was at this venue in the leafy Cape Town suburb of the same name that the 1995 Rugby World Cup kicked off, a tournament which South Africa went on to win.
The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival once again had the streets of the Mother City awash in colour, festivities and entertainment when it was held on Saturday 16 March, 2013.
There’s nothing like enjoying a great cappuccino while catching up on your emails in one of Cape Town’s trendy coffee shops-cum-restaurants. Although the main attraction is, without doubt, the hot coffee and tasty food, customers are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Wi-Fi service on offer while topping up caffeine levels.
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.
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.
People in Cape Town are hilarious – and I don’t mean accidentally because they look funny. Some of them purposely step onto a stage and try make locals and tourists laugh at them. This isn’t some form of sick sadomasochism – this is the Cape Town comedy scene, and it’s better than ever!
Bloggers love South Africa – we know this from our #LoveCapeTown campaign. This campaign saw us bringing four international travel bloggers (@traveldudes @velvetescape @landlopers and @wildjunket) to Cape Town in July 2012 during a social media drive in which Capetonians interacted with the bloggers and their followers, telling the stories of Cape Town and her people.
Last night, May 8, 2011, Swedish super-group Roxette kicked off the South African leg of their Charm School world tour at the GrandArena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. This was the first of three sold out shows to be held in Cape Town this week and marked 16 years since Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle last played in South Africa.
Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss (right) at the J&B Met last year with friend Jennifer Su. Photo courtesy Jennifer Su. With just two weekends left before the 2010 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, fashion designers and stores are getting seriously busy.
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.
The first weekend of December promises to be an exciting one for Capetonians, when the city’s festive lights are switched on and Table Mountain officially takes its place as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Can you hear the rhythm of Afro-centric music playing through the streets of the Cape Town? Can you feel the pulsating beats of the drums through the city? Are you ready to be dazzled by the costumes and floats on display in the most urban of settings? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you know it is time for the Cape Town Carnival 2012 on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The theme is Cape to Cairo: An African Odyssey, and it is set to attract thousands of spectators to the city’s Fan Walk on Somerset Road in Green Point.
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.
World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013 was an auspicious occasion for #LoveCapeTown‘s wonder of nature, Table Mountain , as it celebrated its new status as co-signee of the Responsible Tourism Charter with the City of Cape Town and unveiled a large picture frame, which provides an iconic view of the mountain from the V&A Waterfront.
It’s a Cold Fact, Rodriguez fans: the legend himself rocked the Grand Arena at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, 2013.
Usually we Mother City lovers don’t need much to boast about our amazing hometown. But when you’re dangling a six-month trip around the world and a US$50 000 cash prize in front of us in exchange for a video tour of Cape Town, like My Destination is currently doing with the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, you can be sure that not only will we grab the opportunity with gusto, we’ll also blow your minds with our entries!
Quirky Observatory is the bohemian soul of Cape Town … it is here where you will find some of the Mother City’s most interesting residents and visitors enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of this whimsical suburb’s numerous cafés, theatres and bars.
Baby, baby, believe it because it’s true… the Biebster is coming to the Mother City in 2013. In a spectacular concert that is sure to set the hearts of many tweens aflutter, multi award-winning pop star Justin Bieber will makes thousands of admirers’ dreams come true by performing live at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013.
Summer is officially here, which heralds the arrival of the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts series. The concerts, set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – are a one-of-a-kind musical experience and one of the highlights of Cape Town’s summer season.
The chilly season might be upon us but things are only getting hotter in Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City. So throw aside the bedcovers, stop staring at your boring four walls, and come and experience 48 unforgettable hours in our bustling hometown, with our #LoveCapeTown City Breaks.
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