Arts & Culture

Cape Town's history is long and storied, made up of both dark and bright passages which lends itself to an artistic and cultural scene of great depth and creativity.

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From a once bustling seaside resort to a semi-industrial area and now a bustling hub of creativity and hip coffee shops, the suburb of Woodstock just outside the Cape Town CBD has seen its fair share of re-invention over the years. Recently street art has been adding another voice to the transformation process. A short history It’s hard to imagine…

Music festivals have become part of South Africans’ lives like boerewors, pap, and lamb chops. With festivals covering all genres of music, some world famous, virtually all year round, it means that no matter what your taste, there’s a festival for you. For the pop and rock fans, Rocking The Daisies in October is definitely one to add to your…

South Africa has 11 official languages and their corresponding cultures and still more unofficial ones that identify as South African. This makes for a melting pot of variety, one that has earned South Africa the fond nickname “Rainbow Nation”. So, it is only right that a public holiday be set aside to celebrate this wonderful diversity: Heritage Day which takes…

The brainchild of Richard Loring, producer of the internationally-acclaimed African footprint, and Roland Seidel, Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro is a truly home grown Cape Town affair, using the city’s unique, and colourful history, as the basis to the venue’s signature show – Kaapse Stories. Richard’s is a favourite for visitors to the Mother City, partly because the show is…

Cape Town is a melting pot of people and cultures and the city’s diverse heritage can be explored through its historical architecture and colourful cuisine. Get started here… SAN Although the San people were the original inhabitants of South Africa, they were systematically marginalised and eradicated by a series of colonisers. Sadly, not much of their rich heritage remains. However,…

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placeAtlantic Seaboard

Abe Opperman has a distinctive art style, lively and whimsical in its energy and beauty, and he has galleries in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. His childhood consisted of the large open spaces typical of farm life, filled with dramatic vistas of mountains and orchids grown by his own hand.

The San were the earliest group of hunter-gatherers that lived in South Africa. !Khwa Ttu, San Culture and Education Centre seeks to preserve the culture and heritage of this ancient people as well as teach people more things about San history.

placeSouthern Suburbs

Visit the permanent Art at Constantia exhibition at the picturesque Groot Constantia Wine Estate to browse a range of local and emerging South African artists’ work. The exhibition is expertly curated by Lyn Atterbury and James Hodgson, who use their combined industry experience to select only the highest quality art pieces.

Drawing her inspiration from the natural wonders of her adopted country, artist Suzanne Elizabeth manages to capture the magic and majesty of the Cape in her oil paintings and pastel work. Her South African wildlife art can be found in her V&A Waterfront gallery.

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