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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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
On any given day of the week, I’m a burger and chips-, pizza- or KFC-loving girl. But there is something about a Friday night that demands to be celebrated with a true, Cape Flats-style Gatsby. The way the pink Viennas and hot chips fit so perfectly inside the long French roll (drizzled with tantalising chilli or tomato sauce and cut into four pieces) gets my cholesterol-filled arteries pulsating.
If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.
It’s the moment many fans have anticipated with both excitement and dread … The Parlotones‘ last South African performance, which took place at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday 13 January, 2013! The multi award-winning band will soon jet off to the United States in pursuit of international fame and fortune. Renowned for hits like Push Me to the Floor, Beautiful, I’ll Be There and Honey, our boys are sure to make an equally stellar impression on global audiences, too.
Star-struck doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction to meeting not only Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, fans of musician Sixto Rodriguez and stars of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, but also Eva Rodríguez, daughter of the music legend himself.
Cape Town is an inclusive, caring city, and with the festive season now upon us, responsible tourism through the assistance of the less fortunate is at the top of our list of priorities. Having won the Best Destination category in the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the Mother City knows a thing or two about caring.
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:
Deck the halls with cheer and holly, Cape Town fanatics, because it’s officially festive season in the Mother City! What that means, party animals, is that we are free to let our hair down and boogie like there’s no work on Monday…
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:
Once upon a time, in an inspirational city by the sea, thousands of princes and princesses-to-be gathered for one magical night to attend the biggest lifestyle ball of them all… the Mother City Queer Project! Event director Ian McMahon and his trustworthy fairies will make wishes come true with the 19th Mother City Queer Project (MCQP), aptly themed Fairytale Fantasy, at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.
Cape Town, the Mother City, is an exhilarating playground for adrenalin junkies and nothing gets our hearts thumping quite like an adventure-filled weekend. Join me at the following exciting events from December 7 to 9, 2012:
The Name Your Hood initiative, which kicked off in November 2012, is set to create a sense of pride and identity in one of South Africa’s most famous townships, Gugulethu.
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.