*Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Sip, swirl and sample fine food and fare from the picturesque valley and charming Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch from Friday, 24 January to Sunday, 2 February 2014. Since the successful move from July to January in 2013, the revitalised festival offers serious vino lovers an extended summer programme that not only showcases the region’s extraordinary viticulture and culinary prowess, but that also allows guests to take in the historic architecture and stunning natural scenery of the area.
Activities include a wine expo, sporting events, concerts, wine and food pairings and more.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/events/ 

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*Salon91 Presents: Solo Exhibition by Sarah Pratt

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Sarah Pratt presents a body of work that is inspired by the life and death of her dog, Laptop.

The death of a loyal companion invokes feelings of pain, isolation and nostalgia.
The process of remembering seems to root us in another time and place, a timeless, intangible realm.
Intrigued by ‘The Wood Between the Worlds’ in C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, the artist’s work also alludes to her imagined existence of a strange, green in-between place where her deceased dog now resides.

Using pen, ink, gouache, collage, gold leaf and paper cutting techniques, she focuses on producing a series of works that are an exploration of life, death, memory and place.

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Exhibition Opening:
21 January – 14 February 2015

Wednesday 21 January
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

For more info: http://www.salon91.co.za/

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The Cape Gallery

Paula Vize, Peter van Straten and B. Ernest Manfunny
11 January (16:30) – 31 January
at The Cape Gallery, Church Street, Cape Town CBD

The Cape Gallery seeks to present the works of three very perceptive artists; three very divergent points of view.  The content of their work is familiar; the interpretation may or may not be overt or obvious – paintings and watercolours become, in the process, objects of subjective contemplation.
Paula Vize is an award-winning artist with an established reputation for her contemporary portrayal of traditional rural subjects. Her paintings are held in private collections across the British Isles as well as Cape Town and Dubai. Paula’s work has been included in permanent exhibitions with Stockbridge Gallery and House of Bruar, Perthshire. She has also exhibited with The Cape Gallery and Bell Fine Art, Winchester, UK.

For more info: http://arttimes.co.za/cape-gallery-15/

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*Laughter is definitely the best medicine


Top comedian Marc Lottering will be bringing his hit show This is Captain Lottering Speaking back to the Mother City for consecutive runs at two of Cape Town’s most iconic performance venues, Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay and the Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch, between November 2014 and January 2015.

Marc Lottering is one of South Africa’s top award winning comedians. He has been in the funny business for 16 years, and continues to play to packed houses wherever he performs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.baxter.co.za/shows/this-is-captain-lottering-speaking/

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Cinderella at The Artscape

Be enthralled by the Cape Town City Ballet’s offering of this classic fairy tale challender
Watch the prestigious Cape Town City Ballet Company under the guidance of prolific choreographer Veronica Paeper bring to life the beloved fairy tale Cinderella at the Artscape Theatre from Friday, 19 December to Sunday, 11 January 2015.
Based on the French tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault and later published by the famed Brothers Grimm, this charming story has stood the test of time. It begins with Cinderella’s selfish stepmother and two pesky stepsisters (who happen to be unattractive both inside and out) making her do the worst chores and wear rags while they steal her clothes and ridicule her.

For more info: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/events/on-stage/cinderella-at-the-artscape/133_37_52742

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Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day

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Celebrate the summer sun with a family-friendly day of horse racing fun at Kenilworth Racecourse

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Horse racing in Cape Town is synonymous with summer, and what better way to enjoy the glorious sun in the Mother City than with a day at the Kenilworth Racecourse. Luckily, the Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day gallops onto Cape Town’s festive season schedule with an afternoon of entertainment fit for the whole clan on Saturday, 20 December 2014. Largely regarded as the most prestigious three-year-old thoroughbred event on the calendar, the challenge also makes a point of pairing fine horses with family-friendly activities. This year’s meet will have a ‘Colour Rush’ theme, and attendees are encouraged to don their most colourful gear for a day of charity fundraising, Christmas-themed fun and so much more

For more Information : http://www.capetownmagazine.com/events/grand-parade-cape-guineas-day/11_37_55436

* Cricket, Rugby, Football, Golf, Cycling news

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The West Indies cricket team are out to entertain us with their calypso style cricket in South Africa.
Games being played in Cape Town at Newlands are;

–   The 3rd 5 day test against SA starts on 2 Jan to 6th Jan.
–   The 1st T20 game is on 9th Jan.
–   They wrap up their tour to SA on 28th Jan 2015.

For a list of all the matches, go to http://www.supersport.com/cricket/sa-team/fixtures


The local provincial team, the Cobras, have just won the T20 trophy, BIG smiles on all the Capetonian’s faces.


The Super Rugby series starts in February, with the first game at Newlands taking place on 21st Feb.
For a fixtures list, go to http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/fixtures

Unfortunately no games until February.


Bring your own sticks or hire some for a memorable round of 18 holes.
Steenberg Golf course http://www.steenberggolfclub.co.za/content/contact.html
Royal Cape Golf course http://http://www.royalcapegolf.co.za/contact

The Argus Cycle Tour, held a week before Easter weekend each year, is the world’s largest timed cycle ride with approximately 35,000 entrants each year. The next one is on 8 March 2015.
www.cycletour.co.za/  If you have your wheels with you, Keith is always game for a ride, or join him on a weekend club ride.

Home to the second biggest South African ultra marathon, the Two Oceans. The marathon has a large international contingent of top runners that participate each year. The scenic route takes in Chapmans Peak and spans the two oceans. The ultra marathon takes place over the Easter weekend and is one of a runners highlights. http://http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/


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Pack a picnic, the kiddies and even your canine and enjoy free live music on the historic De Waal Park greenway.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK is a formally registered NON-profit company that promotes FREE musical events in Community facilities. In 2011 it introduced a series of Summer Concerts staged in De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand ,which incidentally is the only bandstand in Cape Town, on Sunday afternoons  from March through to April for the free enjoyment of all the Community – they are free without exception & will remain so.

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Celebrate the warmer weather with yet another season of mahala Sunday concerts at the Mother City’s historic De Waal Park in Oranjezicht starting on Sunday, 14 December 2014. Currently in its fourth year, this much-loved series boasts another stellar line-up of renowned Mzansi musical legends and up-and-coming artists, including the likes of The Rudimentals, Mark Haze and many more.

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For locals, tourists and suburbanites looking for family-friendly or kid-friendly activities (yes that includes your furry friend, on a leash), this park performance provides the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic basket and unwind on an expansive green for a live afternoon concert beneath the summer sun.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.concertsinthepark.co.za

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*Wedding Bells !!

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Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, is the iconic Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.  Looking at it from below is one thing, but it is quite another to be atop the mountain, from where one is afforded such wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island, and better yet, Crystal and James getting married on this magnificent mountain top.
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On November 11th, our guests, Crystal and James tied the knot right here in Cape Town. We wanted to take a moment to send a heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple. Wishing you every joy on your marriage and every blessing in your life together.

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Warmest Congratulations!
An African Villa & Staff

*Watershed – At the V&A Waterfront

This beautiful space is home to more than 150 tenants who represent over 365 brands. A vast selection of products can be found here from ceramics and furniture to textiles, fashion and jewellery. This vibrant addition to the V&A Waterfront also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops. From December, the celebrated Art of Brick will be housed here. Not only a place to shop,  the Watershed also offers a range of treatments available for your mind, body and soul which can all be found at ‘Wellness at the Watershed’ on the mezzanine level.

FOR MORE INFOMATION: http://www.waterfront.co.za/Shop/Pages/Watershed-Overview.aspx

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