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September 16, 2010

Celebrate Cape Town’s cultural heritage during World Tourism Month


Celebrate National Braai Day on September 24. Photo courtesy Ian Forrester

Cape Town has always contained a real cocktail of cultures, traditions, passions and influences, from eras in which the Cape was pitched to and fro between colonisers and rival tribes, to more contemporary times, when the city is both home to diverse populations as well as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates.

In honour of our national heritage and in celebration of World Tourism Month, Cape Town Tourism is working with top tourism and cultural attractions to bring a sense of real celebration to the city’s streets in September.

  • As part of Cape Town Tourism’s My Cape Town campaign, a special weekend programme is running, from Heritage Day on September 24 to World Tourism Day on September 27, which aims to encourage locals to learn more about the diversity of the Mother City.
  • During Iziko Heritage Week (September 20 – 26, 2010), Cape Town’s Company’s Garden is offering a series of special events, which includes free access to all of the Iziko Museums at various times. The Company’s Garden is the green heart of Cape Town and is a cultural hub, surrounded as it is by the Labia Theatre, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus, Michaelis School of Fine Art, the National Library of South Africa and the Centre for the Book.
  • During Creative Week Cape Town, which takes place from September 24 to October 3, an explosion of activity around our cultural heritage is set to take place. Some of these events are happening in the Company’s Gardens and include a performance by the Ikapa Dance Theatre, free screenings of independent films, guided tours of some of the Iziko exhibitions, and a tribute to local musical icons. On September 24 and 25, tours of the historic St George’s Cathedral are on offer. Don’t miss lively debates on South African heritage taking place at different venues in the area. A full schedule can be found at www.creativeweekct.co.za.
  • As many South Africans know, Heritage Day is also National Braai Day, the perfect opportunity for Capetonians to whip out their grills for a traditional South African meal. And while you’re at it, why not try something a little different, by adding in a South African flavour that is not yours … like pap and chakalaka instead of potato salad, apricot jam on snoek, or Masala marinade for your braai chicken.

As if that’s not enough to keep you busy, there are also some other exciting cultural events happening this month:

  • The Nandos Comedy Festival at the Baxter Theatre until September 30
  • Winter concerts at Silver Tree Restaurant in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • The Kirstenbosch Botanical Art Biennale
  • Performances by world-famous pianist David Helfgott on September 18 and 19
  • The Cape Town Air Show on September 22, 24, 29 and October 1
  • The Earthwave Beach Festival in Muizenberg on September 26
  • The Pan African Space Station , a cross-genre African music festival, from September 28 to October 2
  • The 2010 Loerie Awards – Capetonians can head to the Labia on Kloof and Orange streets to see special screenings of the award winners from September 24 until October 3

With events like these happening in your own back yard, there is no excuse for going away for the long weekend. Get out and have some fun. Learn something new and take your kids!

For more information on what is happening during the My Cape Town month, visit our website: www.capetown.travel/mycapetown. There you’ll find details of special offers and giveaways for many uniquely Cape Town experiences – like going up the Table Mountain Cableway, visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium and hopping onto a City Sightseeing tour bus.

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