Cape Town flourishes as one of the new creative and cultural centres of the world
Just over a decade after South Africa’s first democratic elections endorsed freedom of expression, the country has begun to show a rich and fascinating cultural identity. Cape Town is the cultural and creative epicenter of South Africa; with more artists, designers and poets choosing the melting pot palette of people and the natural beauty of Cape Town to be their inspirational home.
Visitors to Cape Town can explore the dichotomy of a less than perfect past with a present and future full of possibility – a discourse that many creative people can fully engage with and which visitors will instinctively relate to.
From the curated exploration of cultural, historical and social issues by Iziko Museums to the exhibition of musical street life in Cape Town’s townships; Cape Town has a treasure chest of talent in music, dance, theatre, poetry, fashion, art, culinary skill and design.
Cultural tourism is an emerging sector of Cape Town’s traditional tourism offering but one which is certain to grow as increased funding from the formal sector and deeper international networks are forged.
Key cultural events on Cape Town’s calendar include the recent Design Indaba Conference and Expo www.designindaba.com which brings international design gurus to share and reflect. The expo showcases South African design across a multitude of disciplines.
Also in February, Infecting the City www.infectingthecity.com celebrated local and international collaboration in the performing arts and brought the city to a standstill with free-to-view public space performances.
The Cape Town Festival www.capetownfestival.co.za brings more entertainment and variety to Cape Town’s cultural milleu in March with a full calendar of events across the Cape. The programme embraces the diverse talents and representations of culture both through location and content.
Forthcoming events to note are the Badilisha! Poetry Exchange www.africacentre.net in May, which brings an array of South African, African and international poets together in an exchange of voices, thoughts and expression.
Other key cultural events for Cape Town include the annual dress-up party MCQP (The Mother City Queer Project) www.mcqp.co.za in December and the celebrated minstrel carnival www.capetownminstrels.co.za over the New Years period on the streets of Cape Town. 2010 will also mark the return of the bi-annual contemporary art event Spier Contemporary www.spiercontemporary.co.za
If beautiful surrounds, excellent food, wine and adventure are not enough then Cape Town is an authentic cultural journey that promises to captivate. Cape Town Tourism has relaunched their website to better showcase cultural Cape Town using blogs and a Fickr Pic of the Day page which assists would-be visitors in getting a sense of the place, its people and its exciting creative face.
Cape Town Tourism
Mariëtte du-Toit Helmbold
+27 21 487 6800
+27 83 225 5955