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The sylvan setting of the Maynardville Open Air Theatre is a perfect backdrop for one of the world's most popular classical ballets, Giselle. Set to the music of Adolphe Adam and brought to life by the Cape Town City Ballet, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl whose ghost protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil spirits called

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Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter-poet Jill Scott has been confirmed to perform at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival, reports Lisa van Wyk. Organisers of the jazz festival announced the full line-up on Tuesday afternoon. Ben Sharpa and Senegalese artist Cheikh Lô will also be among the performers making appearances at this year's

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"This year's Suidoosterfees like every previous year's rich offer of entertainment in all genres, but this time it will be extra special," observes Prof Jakes Gerwel, Chairman of the Board. There are, among others, a first African Fugard piece, a scene processing of a Brink novel, Adam Small Orange Earth, Steve's four letters for Jan Ellis, a David Kramer concert, a

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Rural charm and peace

By at January 30, 2013 | 6:32 am
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The beautiful town of Ladismith in the Klein Karoo may be off the beaten track, but tourists who skirt it are missing out, writes Sean Christie. Even young children will tell you that to sell something these days you need a strong brand. And with rural economies shrinking faster than Tokyo Sexwale’s political stock the South African dorp — which is, generally

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Food and wine: Stellenbosch

By at January 29, 2013 | 1:22 pm
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The Stellenbosch Wine Festival offers plenty of discounts and opportunities to explore the wine kingdom of the Cape. This year, ­biweekly wine-tasting street soirées have been introduced. There is a 10-day restaurant promotion, a harvest parade with a flotilla of tractors and farm workers from more than 25 farms, local bands and a producers market. Venue: At

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Revival of the City Hall

By at January 29, 2013 | 7:32 am
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The on-going upgrade of the Cape Town City Hall has entered its next stage - part of a commitment to building an Inclusive City, which 'recognizes our past and owns our future'. Steeped in Cape Town’s history and famed for its architecture, the City Hall, with its famous balcony from which former president Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man after his

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Theatre: Suidoosterfees

By at January 29, 2013 | 7:19 am
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Now in its 10th year, the Suidoosterfees presents dozens of theatre productions, concerts, exhibitions and guided tours through the Bo-Kaap. Highlights include a new Athol Fugard play in Afrikaans, Adam Small’s Orange Earth, Steve Hofmeyr’s Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis, a David Kramer concert, an opera with the Eoan Group, stand-up comedy from Nik Rabinowitz, whirling

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Boerie goes gourmet

By at January 28, 2013 | 6:35 am
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"No sport event, arts festival, theme park, carnival, or really any gathering of the public in South Africa is complete without the boerewors roll," observes Brent Meersman. Boerewors is popular from the tshisa nyama shop to the agricultural fair; the boerie, as it is colloquially known, is our autochthonous fast food. From Nairobi to New York, wherever South

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Dr Bradley Rink brings the Pink Map to 'Tourism in the Global South: Landscapes, Identities and Development' a conference currently being held in Lisbon, Portugal. "I actually arrived in Lisbon yesterday, and was told that my paper was chosen to be included in the book: Tourism in the Global South: Heritages, Identities and Development," reports Dr Rink.  "It's a

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The City of Cape Town has announced the appointment of Alayne Reesberg as the Chief Executive Officer of Cape Town Design, the World Design Capital’s (WDC2014) implementing agency. Reesberg was officially appointed at the start of this month to head Cape Town Design, the not-for-profit company tasked with implementing the World Design Capital 2014 year of signature

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