Style and Entertainment: Your Culture Fix in Cape Town
Getting your culture fix in Cape Town is probably the easiest thing around – you are spoilt for choice depending on what you like. Theatre, art movies, art galleries, music festivals, foodie events, wine tastings, museums and historical settings – the list is endless.
But once you are into the vibe of Cape Town across a range of cultures and customs, you are probably enjoying the only city in the world that can offer so much diversity, from the traditional to unique local expression. A dose of culture in whatever format can stimulate, motivate and truly inspire, sending you home with starry eyes, renewed and refreshed, with a real lift to the spirits.
Traditional and Time-honoured
If you haven’t yet attended a concert in the City Hall in Darling Street, then you’re in for a treat. The ambiance of this historic hall combined with the soaring sounds of a full orchestra and conductor is an experience no one should miss.
But whatever kind of music you like, you are going to be blown away with this winter’s line up: three conductors share the podium – American conductor Robert Moody will be making his debut with the CPO, followed by Arjan Tien and Daniel Boico for the last two concerts.
Soloists are American pianists Bryan Wallick who performs the Barber Piano Concerto, and Sodi Braide who presents his interpretation of the Mozart Piano Concerto No, 24 in c minor.
Cellist Alexander Ramm performs the Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, and Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi performs Sibelius in the final concert.
The main works are, respectively, the Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No, 4 by Bruckner, Symphony No. 1 by Kalinninov and the Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov.
The Artscape Theatre Centre situated on the Foreshore, is home to the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB). From ballet, to musicals, to opera, to drama, you can indulge in the arts in every form at this stately and beautifully designed theatre. Fully equipped, and with safe underground parking, the venue is booked year end-to-end with a variety of performances to suit every taste. Even just walking into the foyer with its giant colourful chandeliers will give you a feeling of creative energy, a sense of costume and theatrical caper, the glitter of footlights and sweep of velvet curtains. For the old-world collective charm of dancers, actors and musicians, the Artscape remains Cape Town’s shining light of innovation and talent.
The Baxter Theatre Centre is a multicultural entertainment hub in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. It was one of the first theatres to present multiracial, progressive work and still focuses on these themes today. Thus you will see riveting local drama here, driven by South Africa’s chequered history, powerful messages, and extraordinary, vibrant local talent. Spotting famous faces in the magnificent foyer before the show, is part of the exciting experience of attending any show here. The Baxter boasts a world-class theatre and concert hall, as well as a studio stage, rehearsal rooms, offices, and restaurant and bar.
Quirky and Unique
The Labia Theatre is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa, showing independent movies, foreign films, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films. The Labia consists of four screens, a 176 seater, a 95 seater, a 67 seater, and an intimate 66 seater. You can also enjoy a coffee bar offering home-made delicacies, a chocolate bar, an outside terrace, and a fully licenced bar. You can relax, sip a cocktail and watch a movie! For the latest (and classic) art movies, and those that don’t run the commercial circuit, this is the place to be.
This is Cape Town’s premier community theatre showcasing top-quality productions in drama, dance, music and performance art. Situated in the heart of Muizenberg, the theatre is home to live productions, soirees and recitals, seminars, presentations, and film shows. The Masque makes top-class entertainment available that is affordable and accessible to all members of the general public. Explore something different, the arty and the excellent in vibey, intimate surroundings. The Masque boasts a fully licensed bar.
The theatre is ensconced in the old Kalk Bay Dutch Reformed Church, which was built in 1876 and is a heritage protected building. The building has been lovingly converted into an intimate theatre with a bar area serving light meals, snacks and drinks on the upper floor. This is theatre at its most popular, glitzy, glamourous and high energy. You may not find the traditional theatre fix here, but you will find excellent family entertainment, along with super quirky, fun shows that leave you high on happiness. Enjoy a drink and a superb meal at the cosy upmarket restaurant, then relax and enjoy the razzmatazz!
Right in the heart of the southern suburbs at Steenberg, you can enjoy the breath-taking work of truly creative artists and the powerful messages of African art. The Norval allows visitors to step into a world of art in an environment that also fosters an appreciation for nature – separate from the bustle of the inner-city. Exhibitions are ably complemented by a sculpture garden, an outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces, and a research library. The estate also includes a sophisticated restaurant and bar, bespoke shop and a children’s playground.
Launched in 1994, the District Six Museum in Buitenkant Street is designed as a poignant reminder of the vibrancy of the area and its people. The past is both remembered and revered through collections, exhibitions and education. Established as a vibrant meeting place for ex-residents, the museum has become a tourist attraction, where one can arrange a guided tour by an ex-resident of the historic streets of District Six. You will richly experience insights into the social, cultural, economic and political makeup of the old District Six.
Find yourself at the Pumphouse on Dock Rd at the V&A Waterfront, and you’re at Cape Town’s first dedicated comedy venue, featuring South Africa’s most popular comedians, as well as international comedians and fresh talent. It is also a dinner venue, so you can really make a night of it!
For years the Pumphouse was a very popular live music venue hosting local bands. David Kramer’s highly successful Dock Road Theatre hosted plays and musical productions to capacity houses until it closed its doors in 1995.
Regular performers at the Cape Town Comedy Club include Stuart Taylor, Riaad Moosa, Nik Rabinowitz, Martin Evans, Tracy Klass, Mel Jones, Dalin Oliver, Martin Davis, Westley Cockrell, Marc Lottering, Conrad Koch / Chester Missing, Carl Weber, Rob van Vuuren and the cream of South African comedy. International comedians also headline on a regular basis. So whenever you feel like a good laugh, and a lift of the spirits, you can be sure of top class, world class entertainment.
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