March 14, 2012
The mother of all city festivals
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.
Testament to Cape Town's ability to successfully host a festival are the recent Infecting the City festival, and Cape Town Pride.
Celebrating everything from culture and music to food and comedy, festivities in the Mother City are always are vibrant and fascinating.
Here’s what’s in store in Cape Town in 2012:
For the musos:
This two-day spectacular, now in its 13th year, features a stunning line-up of international and local musicians.
For the foodies:
It’s the culinary event of the year and promises to have you hungry for more with its delectable assortment of gourmet and wine stalls.
Date: 19-22 April
Location: Green Point Cricket Club, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 4516
For the wine connoisseurs:
Experience the wonderful blend of township life and local viticulture in the heart of Gugulethu this May.
This decadent festival attracts thousands of wine lovers each year and showcases the best of the Stellenbosch wine region.
Date: 28 – 31 July
Location: Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 886-4310
For the cultural fundis:
Prepare for a week-long laughter fest as world-renowned comedians and variety acts entertain you at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.
Date: 11 June - 8 July
Location: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 685 7880
Celebrate the wonder of Nelson Mandela, Father of the Nation, with this multi-cultural event in the city centre. Offering everything from dance exhibitions to gourmet cook-offs, this event should not be missed.
Date: 13-16 July
Location: Cape Town CBD
The impressive Good Hope Centre comes to life with this arts and culture festival
Location: Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 465 9042
Book enthusiasts will adore this four-day festival of readings, book signings, dinners with authors and more in The Fringe.
Date: 20 – 24 September
Location: Cape Town
For the lifestyle fanatics:
Designers, cake decorators, accommodation specialists, photographers and more await eager brides-to-be and their entourages at this bridal fair.
Spring brings majestic whales and thousands of spectators to the shores of the picturesque costal town, Hermanus.
Date: 28 September-1 October
Contact: +27 (0)28 313 0928
Show off your kite-flying skills and your imaginative designs while enjoying some quality family time at the popular annual International Kite Festival in October.
Date: 20-21 October
Location: Zandvlei, Muizenberg
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 9040