Rob PetersWith a wealth of natural beauty, unrivalled mountain trails and sublime backdrops, it’s not hard to understand why Mother City locals spend the majority of their time outdoors and on the go. The good news is that it’s even better in winter with the cooler temperatures making it an awesome option for sport and fitness fanatics!
Rob PetersMandela Day 2015 on July 18 marks what would-have been our beloved Tata Madiba’s 97th birthday and it’s the ideal opportunity to follow this great man’s example by channelling your inner charitable spirit. Here are 10 ways you can get involved in the Mother City.
FeaturedMpinga Mornings is a one-person play told from the perspective of three Rhodesian-born (now Zimbabwe) characters – a farmer’s wife, her daughter and their domestic worker. It spans the time from around the start of the Rhodesian Bush War to the land grabs and beyond and shows the different ways in which each character was affected by these events.
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Cameras flashing, actors rubbing shoulders on the red carpet and spectacular decor… it could only be the 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, on Sunday March 18, 2012. This prestigious, annual event is an initiative of the Distell Foundation and honours excellence in theatre by productions staged during a particular year.
He’s not alive, he’s not alive, HE IS NOT ALIVE! That’s the phrase I kept repeating as I watched the Michael Jackson HIStory Show II at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Beyond the nuances, dance moves and costumes, Wizz (albeit with a more chiselled chest!) bears such a striking resemblance to the king of pop, it’s unsettling and eerie, yet also amazing.
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!
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.
Celebrations, quality family time and tons of chocolate ... yes, Mother City lovers, it’s my favourite time of the year in Cape Town – Easter! From exciting egg hunts with mythical characters on the top of Table Mountain to decadent feasts at the luxurious Pure restaurant in Hout Bay, there is plenty to see and do in Cape Town over Easter.
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.
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.
Teen megastar Justin Bieber’s imminent arrival and performance at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May, 2013 is all anyone has been talking about for weeks in the music-loving Mother City … and the chatter is set to get even louder with concert promoter Big Concerts’ announcement that hot local singers LCNVL (Locnville) and ChianoSky will be his supporting acts on the evening.
“Delicious” is too mundane a word to describe the 2013 Taste of Cape Town festival. So is “scrumptious”. Because this year’s event was simply DIVINE! Now in its sixth year, the Taste of Cape Town was held at the chic Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday April 11 to Sunday 14 April, 2013, with some spectacular upgrades and additions that added to its phenomenal success.
Cape Town, a favourite destination among whale watchers, has long been a meeting place not only for our annual migratory visitors, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), but also for some others, such as humpback whales and, more recently, orcas, which tend to hunt the common dolphins found in False Bay.
We’ve had hundreds amazing entries for the #LoveCapeTown photo competition but time is running out to enter. Entries close on Wednesday August 22, 2012, at noon.
Imagination is a wonderful thing to have and nothing piques it quite like reading. In the Mother City, there are plenty of interesting spots to ensure your reading pleasure. Whether you’re browsing through a well stocked bookstore, attending literary events like the Open Book Festival or Cape Town Book Fair or just spending a lazy afternoon reading in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town is at the top of the bestseller’s list. Get a page-turning experience at our top spots.
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 Table Bay Hotel’s sommelier Dominic Bowers shares his top tips for wine tasting like a professional.
It was the night many of Cape Town’s metalheads had been waiting for, for more than seven years ... legendary band Metallica’s return to the Mother City, live in a rocking concert at the Bellville Velodrome on Wednesday 24 April, 2013!
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?
There are few things I enjoy more than exploring my beautiful Cape Town and her gorgeous surrounding towns, so my adventures with South African National Parks are a real treat. Marking a year since our first trip to the West Coast in April 2012, our media family set off for the luscious shores of the Agulhas National Park on Friday April 19, 2013.
You have a lot of love for inspirational Cape Town ... Now, in association with Heart 104.9FM and our valued tourism partners, Cape Town Tourism is giving you the opportunity to show us just how much you love her by offering an unforgettable #LoveCapeTown Day to explore the Mother City like never before.
My exploratory adventures with South African National Parks continues this winter and if I thought that quad biking along the West Coast in April was thrilling, I clearly had not seen anything. For me Bontebok National Park, on the outskirts of Swellendam, has taken the title of most exhilarating weekend getaway spot.
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.
He’s nearly as well-known for his fiery temper as he is for his heavenly culinary creations … celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is headed to the Good Food & Wine Show in Cape Town from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013.
Walkers all over the peninsula are putting on their walking shoes and packing in a few energy snacks for the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk 2012 in Cape Town on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Whether you’re a participant or a supporter of this mega marathon event, we know you’ll find road closure information particularly useful:
We want more! We want more! This was the refrain of the crowd at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival free concert on Wednesday 3 April, 2013.
Why should winter have us all indoors, feeling bored and gloomy when we have so much to experience in the Mother City? Here are just a few of the things I love doing during winter:
The V&A Hotel was a mail warehouse, the Breakwater Lodge was a prison and the Hildebrand Restaurant was the Port Master’s offices… sound like fiction? Well, it’s true and you can learn about that, and more, during the V&A Waterfront’s historical tour.
He’s your pillar of strength and the gruff heart of the family … he’s your dad, and he serves to be spoilt with a variety of amazing Father’s Day events in Cape Town on Sunday 16 June, 2013. Whether you’re making his Top Gun dreams come true with a helicopter ride over the Peninsula, indulging his inner wine lover with a tasting at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl or pampering him with a spa treatment or two at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, there is plenty for your dad to see and do on his special day. Join us on the third Sunday of June for these fabulous Father’s Day events in Cape Town.
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.
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.
Party all weekend in the Winelands, enjoy live outdoor music across the Peninsula and attend great productions in the Southern Suburbs. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 18°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain
Cape Town Tourism and Metrorail, South Africa’s premier railway service, got together for a much-needed clean-up operation at the iconic Newlands Station on Thursday February 16, 2012. Carrying drills, posters, paintbrushes and other renovation paraphernalia, the team set to work beautifying the inner-station tunnel walls. Posters were mounted while some gorgeous plants were planted in designated areas along the platform.