March 19, 2013
Do it in the dark in Cape Town: things to do to celebrate Earth Hour
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Mother City lovers, it’s time to dim the lights and do great things in the dark in Cape Town for the annual celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday 23 March, 2013.
Earth Hour is the largest mass global participation event, in which people the world over switch off their lights for one hour, to reflect on our impact on the environment and renew our commitment to protecting our planet.
A project spearheaded by the World Wide Fund for Nature‘s Australian division in 2006 to support efforts to manage climate change, Earth Hour has grown to include hundreds of millions of people in over 7 000 cities and towns, and 152 countries in 2012.
Cape Town, the responsible Mother City, is filled with wonderful places and events to celebrate this amazing initiative. Whether you’re stargazing on Signal Hill, enjoying unplugged acoustic concerts around the city or just sharing a romantic candlelit dinner at home with your beloved, there is plenty to do.
Do it in the dark with me with the following Earth Hour celebrations in Cape Town:
Experience the classical sounds of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra onstage at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, unplugged.
All non-essential lights around the Amphitheatre will be switched off during the concert and concert-goers will receive a free non-drip candle, so don’t forget to pack those lighters!
Location: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 408 7500
Is there anything more romantic than a candlelit picnic at an award-winning wine estate?
Treat your sweetheart to the Steenberg Vineyards' Earth Hour Night Picnic this Saturday and feast on delectable picnic basket of goodies from winery restaurant Bistro Sixteen82 while enjoying the communal fires and torches lighting up the lawn.
Location: Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Valley
Contact: +27 (0)21 713 2211
Let the natural light of the full moon guide you as you wander along the warm shores of Muizenberg, for the special Earth Hour edition of the Safer Together Moonlight Meander.
The meander is fun for the entire family, with beachfront restaurants extending their operating hours for you to enjoy their tasty delights.
Contact: +27 (0)83 325 7048
Things will get hot and heavy at the prestigious Taal Monument in Paarl this weekend, as The Psychedelic Theatre’s fire troupe entertain the crowd with a captivating fire-dance picnic.
Come and enjoy the show, accompanied by live acoustic music; bring along your favourite snacks and comfy blankets, and celebrate Earth Hour in fiery style.
Location: Afrikaans Taal Monument, Paarl
Contact: +27 (0)21 863 4809
Be inspired to make a difference with the following official Earth Hour video: