My Cape Town: Upcoming events in the Mother City
My Cape Town is a campaign aimed at Capetonians that encourages them to experience their city as a tourist would – exploring and enjoying the beauty, attractions and rich cultural heritage of our Mother City.
For the month of September, plenty of special offers, discounted vouchers and events mark this fun tourism campaign.
My Cape Town was initiated in response to Tourism Month, and specifically World Tourism Day on September 27. This year we celebrate the theme, “Tourism Linking Cultures”, which truly reflects life in Cape Town.
Coordinated by Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with major attractions like Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point and City Sightseeing, My Cape Town is set to rock the city with celebratory concerts on September 25 and 27, and embrace coinciding events such as Creative Week Cape Town and Iziko Heritage Week.
Here’s what you can look forward to over the next two weeks:
Creative Week Cape Town (September 9 to 18)
A celebration of Cape Town’s creative culture, Creative Week Cape Town launches with a concert called City Hall Sessions on Friday, September 9. The sessions are a series of diverse musical experiences featuring both international and local artists, all taking place at the Cape Town City Hall over the next 18 months.
Another Creative Week highlight is Music City, a Cape music documentary film festival, which will be screened at the Labia on Orange from September 10 to 15, in partnership with Encounters Documentary Film Festival and the Cape Film Commission. Featured in the line-up is Afrikaaps, a film that explores the origin of Afrikaans through a hip-hop landscape, and a documentary on the Afrikaans rock band, Fokofpolisiekar.
Meet the Makers, from September 12 to 16, is a series of tours of design studios in and around the city and a chance to meet the creatives and innovators at work within them.
In addition, The Fringe will play host to a number of Creative Week events, including several art and photography exhibitions, the launch of the Creative Cape Town Annual 2011 and a local celebration of Park(ing) Day – an internationally celebrated day on which parking spaces are turned into art installations. Visit www.creativeweekct.co.za for a diary of Creative Week Cape Town events.
Look and Feel Good Expo (September 16 to 18)
A wellness and lifestyle expo that provides a fun and informative setting for those interested in leading a healthy lifestyle, the Look and Feel Good Expo showcases products and activities – from massage and yoga classes to organic goods and wisdom workshops.
Visit www.ifeelgood.co.za for more information about the expo.
Loeries Festival Weekend (September 16 to 18) and The Loerie Awards (September 17)
The 33rd annual Loerie Awards encompass all areas of brand communication and take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on September 17, while the rest of the weekend is reserved for Loerie festivities at venues in and around the city bowl.
An “Official Party” will kick off at Trinity at the same time as the awards, with performances by pan-African artists and DJs: Zakes Bantwini, Professor, Goldfish, Tumi and the Volume, Kwesta, Cassette, Cabo Snoop, Sphectacula, Naves, VigiLante, Euphonik, Roger Goode, Milkshake, Zinhle and Dimplez. The “Official Party” will also include a live feed for those not able to attend the awards ceremony.
Visit www.theloerieawards.co.za for more information on the awards and its associated events.
How the public can get involved in My Cape Town this September:
- Visit any one of Cape Town Tourism’s 19 visitor information centres across the Peninsula for more information about Cape Town activities and My Cape Town events: +27(0)21 487 6800
- Visit www.capetown.travel/mycapetown for more information on My Cape Town specials and events
- Switch on to the Twitter feed @CapeTownTourism
- Keep up with the conversation on I ♥ Cape Town
- Listen out for competitions on radio or watch the papers for details
For further information about My Cape Town contact Cape Town Tourism’s PR and communication manager, Skye Grove, on +27 (0)21 487 6800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.capetown.travel/mycapetown.