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March 19, 2011

Cape Town Festival kicks off the long weekend

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Eager to relax, locals are flocking to the Company’s Garden this weekend. All photos by Ingrid Sinclair

It’s arguably the best time of year in Cape Town climate-wise, so what better weekend than this one to kick back in the Company’s Garden and enjoy some of the best in local music, all for free, under dappled sunlight courtesy of lush greenery and big trees?

Free music, great market and family fun

Beyond the free music, the Cape Town Festival, from 12h00 to 20h00 every day this weekend, also offers a great market and cool children’s play area.

The Company’s Garden is getting busier by the hour as Capetonians, and their sun umbrellas, arrive for the Cape Town Festival.

As the first day of this three-day open-air festival, today’s event is a great warm-up for the Cape Town Carnival, which kicks off with a parade up Long Street tonight from about 20h30.

Catch Jax Panik (18h00) and Die Heuwels Fantasties (19h00) tonight before heading over to Long Street, where the party is bound to carry on till the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The Cape Town Festival will continue tomorrow at 12h00, when Big Brains and Larry Joe take the stage. Tomorrow’s lineup also includes Chad Saaiman (14h00), Vicky Sampson (15h00), The Dirty Skirts (17h00), Emo Adams (18h00) and The Rockets (19h00).

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Walk For Love of Water

On Monday, March 21 (Human Rights Day and the start of National Water Week), join For Love of Water (FLOW) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) for a water-aware walk through the city, which will end at the Company’s Garden where you can enjoy the rest of the day’s Cape Town Festival events.

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If you want to take part in FLOW’s Walk for Love of Water, you are asked to register at the CTICC from 12h30 on Monday, March 21. The procession, which will include celebrities, members of the United Nations and government officials, will leave the CTICC at 13h30.

Also on Monday, Cape Town’s Mayor Dan Plato will lead a cultural programme (13h00) as part of the Cape Town Festival. Jesse Clegg (18h00) and Judith Sephuma (19h00) will round off an amazing outdoor weekend.

Click here for the full Cape Town Festival programme.

Make the most of the perfect weather! It’ll be winter soon …

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