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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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Heritage Day is a public holiday, which takes place on 24 September. It’s a celebration of heritage, when family and friends come together. With 11 official languages and cultural influences from all over the world, there is a lot to celebrate!   The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) originally proposed the idea of a public holiday in 1995 called “Shaka’s…

Rocking the Daisies is Cape Town’s biggest outdoor gathering, and it’s become one of the highlights of the festival calendar. The event takes place on the stunning Cloof Wine Estate, just outside Darling, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The festival hosts over 25,000 people, and caters to every taste. Whether you’re into rock, folk, house, indie, drum…

Cape Town is a dream destination for anyone who loves art. The city is a vibrant cultural hub, hosting some of the top galleries on the African continent. It is hailed as one of the leading art fairs in Africa. The Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work, and is at the forefront of contemporary…

South Africans will be doing their part for Nelson Mandela International Day (Mandela Day) on 18 July and contributing 67 minutes of their time to community service in a bid to give back to society. City Sightseeing, the company that runs the iconic red double decker buses in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be doing its bit through an innovative…

The Cape Town Youth Jazz Festival is your chance to see the rising stars of the local jazz scene live in concert. Local young musicians take part in a 10-week mentoring programme, culminating in a performance at the Artscape Theatre. What’s Happening The Youth Jazz Festival takes place in winter each year, and the 2018 edition took…

The annual Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival is a highlight of the city’s musical calendar, when school, university, and community big bands perform at the Baxter concert hall. 2018 marks the event’s 20th anniversary, and the four-day event promises to showcase the best of the city’s young musical talent. Image from the Cape Town Big Band…

Cape Town is a creative hub of note, and wherever you go in the city you’ll hear music spilling into the streets. From small suburban music clubs to moody city jazz venues and stadiums, Cape Town has it all. Here, in this cosmopolitan melting pot at the tip of Africa, you’ll find world-class jazz, folk, rock, hip hop, afro-funk, indie,…

Cape Town is a music-lover’s paradise, and no matter the genre that moves you, you’ll be able to find a venue for it. But there’s a special place for jazz here at the southern tip of Africa. The complex collision of cultures here provided the perfect setting for the genre’s development from this city’s very beginnings. By the 1960’s Cape Town was…

In early April every year, Cape Town puts on its jazz shoes and hosts the world-renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival. For jazz lovers, this is a chance to see top local and international jazz musicians at the foot of Table Mountain. The Festival The festival is the fourth-biggest largest jazz festival in the world and the…

The Labia Theatre is one of Cape Town’s favourite lesser-known attractions. The locals, of course, know it very well. It’s one of Cape Town’s favourite things to do, especially on nights when there’s a dinner special running.   It’s the oldest independent cinema in South Africa. The building was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, and it was opened by opened…

Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which literally means “Second New Year”, is rooted in the slave history of Cape Town. Slaves were only allowed a single day off work a year, and they used the opportunity to celebrate. Tweede Nuwe Jaar happens on the 2nd of January each year and is one of the biggest events in the city. Performers, known as the…

Cape Town’s vibrant performing arts scene is a theatre-lover’s dream, with performances across a myriad of genres at playhouses across the city. From Shakespeare under the stars to spectacular opera, thought-provoking drama and hilarious comedy, the stages of the mother city offer something for everyone. The Baxter Theatre The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, just east of Cape Town’s CBD, has…

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Cape Diamonds, Cape Town is a workshop for artisanal, bespoke, handcrafted jewellery in South Africa. A unique feature of the ranges offered is the Fynbos range of diamond engagement rings, reflecting the natural beauty of South Africa’s resources.

Robben Island is famous, or rather infamous, as the holding place for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in prison incarcerated on the island’s prison, but Robben Island has also housed a hospital, mental institution, leper colony and military base during its rich history.

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.

Art and Beyond offers unique and memorable art, wine and tailor-made tours in the Cape Winelands and surrounds.

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.

Proudly promoting local artists ART IT IS opens its doors in trendy Woodstock bringing a contemporary and vibrant addition to a fast emerging art scene.

ArtRoute can help you navigate the Mother City's multitude of art galleries, districts and studios.

An organisation based on showing off and fostering the best Cape Town community art from in and around the area, the Arts Association of Bellville believes in art from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. It supports the ideas and work of established and emerging artists alike.

Journey down beneath the earth into the surreal world of the Cango Caves, the country’s best-known system of caves, caverns and formations. They are said to be one of South Africa’s oldest tourist attractions.

Composed of some of the finest musicians in Cape Town, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is the epitome of talent and skill. Founded in 1914, it is the most active and multi-functional orchestra on the African continent and covers many festivals, concerts and all genres of music from ballets to symphonic pop.

With a vision to showcase the diverse communities, cultures and peoples of the city and the country, the annual Cape Town Carnival is fast becoming one of the year’s biggest attractions. The parade makes its way along the Cape Town Fan Walk which runs through the vibrant suburb of Green Point, neighbour to the CBD.

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