Revival of the City Hall

By philip
29 January 2013

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 long imprisonment, symbolises the shared heritage of the citizens of Cape Town. It continues to be a sought-after venue and is positioned as the City’s dedicated cultural hub.

There has been a steady stream of interest in the City Hall, especially from the creative and arts sectors. The City is already having discussions to secure events there until 2015.

For the first time this year, the City Hall has been added to the list of venues for the Afrikaans festival, the Suidoosterfees. Now in its 10th year, more than 13 000 people attended 2012’s Suidoosterfees which showcases local talent and promotes diversity. See Mail & Guardian posting

Productions include My naam/name is Ellen Pakkies, which brings to the stage a mother retelling her family’s tragic struggle with the scourge of drug abuse. ‘n Plekkie in Die Son – Mitchells Plain se Mense will feature well-known performer, Emo Adams and SA’s Got Talent winner, James Bhemgee.

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