The Cape of Good Festivals …
Festivals, carnivals and fun times are on offer in Cape Town this March. There is so much to do I’m finding it difficult to find a spare minute in my social calendar. So I thought I would share some of the fun and exciting events that are taking place in and around the Mother City this month so you can fill your diaries as well …
… Cape Town Carnival
The Cape Town Carnival starts everything off from 18-20 March. What is this carnival you might be asking, it’s not just another place to eat some food and wander around it is a festival with the primary objective of bringing the diverse people who make up the City of Cape Town together. How can this be done, the answer is simple through the universal language of music, dance and creativity. If you have ever been to Cape Town you will know that there is an abundance of all three of these.
The Cape Town Carnival kicks off with a fashion show on Thursday 18 March at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront, with many local models and some of South Africa’s leading fashion designers. Make sure you find yourself a good viewing spot on Long Street on Saturday 20 March for the Carnival Parade. Picture the Rio Carnival but Cape Town style, with over 2000 dancers, costumes, musicians and singers who will be performing 6 new Cape Town songs, in unison, with large screens to ensure you experience it all. Get to the Green Market Square early to witness the start of the festivities at 18h00 and make you way to Long Street by 20h00 for the parade.
… Cape Town Festival
The Cape Town Festival from 19-22 March takes place in the Company Gardens, a large public park which is set in the heart of Cape Town. Some of the artists you will see performing are the soulful Chad Saaiman, reggae band The Rudimentals, 2009 Idols winner Sasha-Lee Davids, the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, The Rockets, Emily Bruce and popular local artists Alistair Izobel and Emo Adams. So you can be sure you’re in for a treat.
If you’d like to plan when the best time to visit the festival is, keep the following in mind. The programme on Friday 19 March will feature a whole host of musical styles and artists, Saturday’s programme will lean toward the youth, Sunday’s programme will be predominantly jazz while Monday’s programme will showcase the popular Community Vibrations Concert. For more information you can telephone the festival offices on +27 (0)21 465-9042
… Freewheeling Festival
If you’re looking for an opportunity to let go and set your spirit free then the Freewheeling Festival is the one for you, it offers you the freedom to explore oneself intellectually, emotionally and spiritually in a unique environment. Taking place from 19-22 March in Stanford there is a wide focus of events and workshops, demonstrations and interactive dialogues, music and theatre as well as children’s activities to keep you busy and stimulated for the entire festival. For more information you can telephone Marian on +27 (0)82 971-2578.
… Out The Box Festival
The annual Out The Box Festival from 20-28 March 2010 is a feast of puppetry and visual performance taking place at the Baxter Theatre, the UCT Hidding Campus in Gardens and the Labia Cinema on Orange Street. With the artistic directorship of Janni Younge and Jaqueline Dommisse you are in for workshops, live talks, exhibitions, films drama and dance that will stretch your imagination. This is a family festival with specific shows aimed at children, teens and young adults. All bookings can be made through Computicket and for more information you can telephone +27 (0)21 462-5811.
Wow, Cape Town certainly has its hands full with fun and exciting festivals this month. Get your diaries out now and fill in the blanks, and I hope to see you out there enjoying Cape Town at its best!