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Cape Town journeys towards a city brand

Following on from the success of the World Cup, Cape Town’s tourism authority and key city stakeholders are committed to moving swiftly towards a single-minded destination identity that positions Cape Town as a leading global competitor for businesses, investors, visitors, students and entrepreneurs.

 

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It’s festival time in Cape Town

Cape Town is gearing up for festival season with many carnivals, creative and music events coming up later this month and throughout March.

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Design Indaba to showcase World Design Capital 2014 bid

With excitement mounting towards this year’s Design Indaba Conference (February 23 to 25) and Expo (February 25 to 27) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), visitors are in for a myriad creative events and exhibits.

 

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Cape Town gears up for design inspiration

Cape Town is gearing up to be inspired by all genres of design and an abundance of creativity in the next few days: The Design Indaba, to be held this week at Cape Town International Convention Centre, is recognised the world over as a top design and trend event, with speakers such as Alberto Alessi, Mark Shuttleworth, and Michael Wolff set to stimulate conversation and offer a fresh take on creativity this year. The Design Indaba Conference runs from February 23 – 25, with the Design Indaba Expo open to the public between February 25 – 27.

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Official launch of The Fringe: Cape Town’s Innovation District

The design and informatics hub planned for the area in Cape Town City Centre known as the East City finally has a name: The Fringe: Cape Town’s Innovation District. Previously known as the East City Design Initiative, the project has been in a concept planning phase since 2007 when a range of stakeholders began to engage government on the need to support innovation and development in the design, media and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors.

 

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival: Packed with the best

Cape Town International Jazz Festival organisers had to wait more than three years to find space in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s busy schedule for “Africa’s grandest gathering”. According to espAfrika CEO and Festival Director Rashid Lombard, they have always wanted the 77-year-old saxophonist to appear in Cape Town: “For years, it’s been our wish to get Wayne Shorter to the festival. As [he is] a touring artist, we could never get the time right. We are thrilled that this round this living jazz legend could make it.”

 

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Cape Town is one of Lonely Planet’s ten best beach cities of 2011

January 2011 saw one of the world’s leading travel resources announce their choice of the world’s ten best beach cities, and Cape Town voted second among the likes of Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Miami. Lonely Planet, a trusted multifaceted travel resource with a history spanning over thirty years, announced their choice recently, describing Cape Town as “good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable”.

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Township tourism shows resilience after November honeymoon murder

The extradition hearing of Shrien Dewani has been postponed to February 8, after he was deemed too ill to appear in court in London yesterday. Dewani is accused of orchestrating a hijacking that lead to his wife, Anni, being murdered in a Cape Town township late last year.

 

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Flourishing relations between sister cities Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro

The Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race has become an institution in Cape Town since its inception in 1971. Throughout the years, this race has attracted the participation of yachtsmen from across the globe, as well as many Capetonian onlookers that converge along the Table Mountain shoreline and surrounding viewing points such as Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. This year the race begins at noon on Saturday, January 15, with teams from South Africa, Brazil, India and Germany participating.

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Cape Town’s 2011 “second new year” celebrations on January 1

Cape Town’s famous Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”) carnival is a bright, noisy vibrant celebration featuring the traditional Kaapse Klopse, a larger-than-life parade of singing, dancing minstrels who perform through the city’s streets. The festival usually takes place on January 2, but due to the fact that January 2, 2011 is a Sunday, and thus a day of religious consideration, the march will fall on January 1, 2011.

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