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*Something Different. Something New.

GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA  (October 2014 – April 2015)
A unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town happens each Wednesday and Thursday from October 2014 to April 2015. You can grab some popcorn (or other yummy gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens OR the V&A Waterfront, and see firm favourites, cult classics and so much more.


Billed to take over Cape Town’s historic and stunning botanical gardens every Sunday from 23 November 2014 to 5 April 2015, the ever-popular outdoor live music series returns with a vast and varied line-up that’s likely to appeal to all music lovers.

This year, the exciting bill includes local acts that have never graced the Kirstenbosch stage before, like The Soil, Barbara Hendricks and the SA National Youth Orchestra and some old favourites, like Jeremy Loops, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish.

Plus, certain concerts feature a kid’s zone, so parents can chill out and drink in the music while kiddies can let loose and have fun running around in a designated area.

And if you don’t already know, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has a wide array of open spaces that make it the perfect picnic ground. Thus, concert-goers are encouraged to bring along blankets and picnic baskets filled with eats and drinks, including alcohol.

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*Celebrate life and support those living with HIV/AIDS


Observed on 1 December each year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the global pandemic that affects millions of women, men and children.

Said to have more people living with HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world, South Africa claims shocking statistics that bring to light the devastating effects of this unrelenting virus. Each year, organisations host events to not only improve knowledge about the disease, but also to support the charities and groups that alleviate sufferers’ burdens and take care of families affected. Show your support and honour those living with HIV/AIDS by attending one of the events taking place in Cape Town and surrounds on Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December 2013.


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*Trance like no one is watching!


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Prepare yourself for a stomptastic weekend away at Riviersonderend’s Circle of Dreams.

Let your mind unwind and your spirit soar at the harmony-infused legendary Open Source Vortex Trance Party, sounding off at the Circle of Dreams campsite in Riviersonderend (roughly 160km from Cape Town) from Wednesday, 3 to Monday, 8 December 2014. In a colourful celebration of psy-culture, this five-day trance party will create a whimsical world where dance and art are infinitely fused and where body, environment and soul are reunited.

The one central stage will form the focus of the festival’s head-spinning beats. Party-goers can look forward to an exhilarating electro line-up of top local DJs and producers.


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*Cape Town’s Twilight Team Run

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Strut your stuff through the streets of the Mother City in support of the Cape’s oldest charitable organisation.

Aside from all the festive season trimmings bedecking the Mother City’s streets, another Cape tradition prepares to fill the inner-city roadways with groups of fancy-dressed revellers. That’s right folks, it’s time to walk, jog, gallop, skip, crawl or monster mash your way through the streets of Cape Town as part of the Twilight Team Run on Tuesday, 2 December 2014. The much-anticipated charity-driven calendar highlight celebrates its 32nd birthday this year, and eager participants can look forward to the wildest, wackiest event yet.



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* The Cape Gallery

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A group exhibition which celebrates summer in Cape Town opening on Sun 23 November at 4:30pm. Closing date 13 December.

This exhibition features the work of eleven local artists who draw inspiration from their surroundings. A key focus for the majority of these artists is the study of light, while others observe movement and atmosphere, using colour and expressive strokes. The collection of light, fresh work exudes the laid back feeling of what promises to be a perfect summer in Cape Town.

Participating artists include: Yvonne Ankerman, Helen Blackbeard, Lesley Charnock, Jill Colley, Eric Eatwell, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Mandy McKay, Veronica Reid, Coral Spencer, Tanya Swiegers, Helen van Stolk

* Symphony Season Programme

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The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa, contributing handsomely to Cape Town’s global status and appeal.  Founded in 1914 as the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, the CPO is financially and culturally sustainable, attracting some of the leading international artists of their time. The link above will take you to the official site which gives all the latest information and a concert programme.

* The Crypt Jazz

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Open From Tuesdays to Saturdays: Closed from 21 Dec to 6 Jan 2015.
The birth of The CRYPT Jazz Restaurant is the realisation of a dream shared by five people, all of whose love of jazz and good food drove them to open a jazz club in Cape Town.
Not to be missed! Some great jazz standards and South African jazz with:
Adele Wyngaard Quintet – vocals, Andrew Lilley – Piano,
Zake Le Grange – Saxophone, Graham Strickland – Bass, Marlon Witbooi – Drums
For Bookings contact: 079 683 4658

*Kirstenbosch Boomslang (“tree snake”)

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The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called ‘The Boomslang‘ (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway.

* Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

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These extremely popular concerts take place on Sunday afternoon at 16h00 and there is generally a long queue of cars at the gate. we suggest that you pack a picnic and something to drink and arrive nice and early!
Tickets for all Sunset Concerts are available online from
All Kirstenbosch concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds are issued.

* The Battle of the Bakeries!

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This wacky bakery sprang to fame when it was featured in a television series highlighting the extremely flamboyant, “over the top” confections created by this team. Sadly Charlie herself passed away recently but her daughters carry on the tradition. Well worth a visit!

With a string of excellent reviews, the new Cassis Salon de Thé in Gardens has proved to be a fashionable destination with its variety of breakfasts, light meals and sweet or savoury delights. Sophisticated but fun, the Garden’s salon is a contemporary blend of innovative finishes and our founding elements such as our always prominent purple branding.

The relaxed European décor style coffee shops hum with atmosphere and ambiance where clients can savour goodies from the variety of light meals – not to mention our superior quality cakes and pastries.