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A music aficionado’s guide to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

With just a month to go to Africa’s grandest music gathering, the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April, 2013, the Mother City is abuzz with excitement. To be held once again at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this year’s festival is set to thrill jazz lovers with world-class music.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: I ♥ Cape Town fans’ top places in photos

Four weeks, four questions and over a thousand suggestions … Mother City lovers, you’re amazing at letting us know Where You Would Rather Be on Wednesdays in inspirational Cape Town!

Fuelling Cape Town’s creativity at Design Indaba Expo 2013: photos

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz with designers, interior decorators, architects, fashionistas, photographers, artists and students at the 2013 Design Indaba Expo on Friday 1 March, 2013.

Your Cape Town Weekend: top 3 events

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.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top 3 food and outdoor spots

It’s Wednesday, Mother City lovers, and you know what that means … we want to know, Where Would You Rather Be in Cape Town? You Cape Town-crazy folk seem to love the outdoors and food, judging from the following Facebook comments.

Colourful fun in Cape Town with Holi One Colour Festival

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.

Second-hand book stores in Cape Town

Nothing turns my pages quite like a marvellous second-hand bookstore and in inspirational Cape Town, there are plenty to keep me happy. As fantastic as Kindles, Nooks and iPads are, there is nothing the feel of a book in your hands and it is for this reason that having a plethora of great second-hand bookstores in the Mother City is such a joy. Join me at the following bookstores in Cape Town and rediscover the wonder of reading.

A creative’s guide to Cape Town’s Design Indaba 2013

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.

Cape Town-filmed Searching for Sugar Man wins Best Documentary Academy Award

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!

Sizzling Mexican restaurants in Cape Town

Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …

Seeing Rodriguez in Cape Town: video

Sometimes a girl like me gets really lucky twice in a lifetime … on Wednesday 20 February, 2013, I had the privilege of once again seeing my much-admired idol, Sixto Rodriguez, live in concert at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s Grand Arena.

Your Cape Town Weekend: top 3 pink events

It’s time to paint Cape Town pink, Mother City lovers! The über-fabulous Cape Town Pride Festival kicks off with dramatic flair this weekend, so let your inner feather boa-loving diva out and come and play with me at the following pink events from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February, 2013.

Exploring South Africa on a motorcycle with Kaapstad Tours

It isn’t every day that you meet a dashing English biker with a passion for Cape Town who is determined to travel thousands of kilometres through South Africa and explore its national parks. So naturally I was impressed and intrigued by Alex Jackson when we met recently for coffee to discuss his travel plans.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays: top 10 places to be

You know what, Mother City lovers? You sure know how to show a writer some love … I mean, I put out one simple request for you to tell me where you would rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, and not only did you respond in your thousands but boy, did you blow my mind with suggestions!

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?

Your Cape Town Weekend: Top 3 Outdoor Events

It’s going to be a scorcher of a weekend Mother City lovers which means that you simply cannot stay cooped up at home. Pack those picnic baskets with tasty goodies, slip into those sexy swimsuits (or running shoes) and join me at the following fabulous outdoor events in Cape Town from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February, 2013.

Where Would You Rather Be Wednesdays in Cape Town

Call me crazy, but if you had to ask me where I’d rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, I couldn’t tell you … simply because I’d want to be all over the Mother City at once!

African legends to descend on the Mother City for Cape Town Carnival

It’s the stuff of legends … one magical night when locals and visitors come together to celebrate their vibrant diversity by marching to the beat of drums, wearing fantastical and colourful costumes, and enjoying world-class entertainment. The popular Cape Town Carnival, which has delighted spectators since 2010, will once again fill the Mother City’s Fan Walk with vivid colour and boisterous energy on Saturday 16 March, 2013.

Rodriguez the Sugar Man live in Cape Town: Photos and Video

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: top 3 cocktail spots

It’s Happy Hour in Cape Town, Mother City lovers, and you know what that means … delicious, fruity, half-priced cocktails to kick start your weekend in our gorgeous hometown! Whether you’re a Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach or Mojito fanatic, you’ll find them all right here on our sunny shores, so join me at the following cocktail spots from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February, 2013:

Magical Madame Zingara’s Seaside Spectacular in Cape Town

A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible … this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!

Girls’ getaways in Cape Town for the non-Valentine’s Day celebrators

If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.

Dirty Dancing’s Baby is having the Time of Her Life in Cape Town

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.

Five things you didn’t know about the Castle of Good Hope

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.

Your Cape Town weekend: top 3 events in the Mother City

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.

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

With her breathtaking beauty, tantalising restaurants and spectacular sunsets, Cape Town has to be South Africa’s ultimate romantic destination for Valentine’s Day 2013.

Five things you didn’t know about Cape Town Railway Station

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.

Your Cape Town Weekend: top three getaway spots

So, the six-week wait since last payday is finally over and you simply have to spend it on something, right? Why not treat yourself to a weekend mini-getaway? Sunshine, sea and relaxation is the order of the day, Mother City-lovers, so join me at the following top three getaway spots from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January, and discover why You Don’t Need A Holiday, You Need Cape Town.

Top 10 reasons why Liezel van der Westhuizen loves Cape Town

I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

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.
 
 

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