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* Abseil off Table Mountain

GET YOUR PULSE RACING

Step off the top at 1000 metres above sea level, and Abseil into mind-blowing vertical space. The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain are breath taking, but the views from the abseil are even better. Descending down the side of a sheer cliff you will have Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard

Abseil Afriica Table Mountain Abseil Photographsand the deep blue ocean at your feet with the Twelve Apostles at your side. The Table Mountain Abseil is guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

 

 

As a guest at An African Villa, our staff will gladly reserve a flight for you with one of the top abseil companies in the city.

* Shark Diving Adventures

Why not spice up your Cape Town trip with a little adventure!

If staying at An African Villa our staff will gladly book you a day trip on one of the most amazing adventures you are likely ever to undertake! Our recommended Eco-friendly shark diving experts will collect you at the hotel, feed you (no NOT to the sharks!) and drop you off again in the evening.

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* The FUGARD – District Six Kanala

imageFROM 2 FEB 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R220
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On the 11th February 1966 District Six was declared a white group area. Over 60,000 people were relocated. A way of life was destroyed. Fifty years have passed and today hardly anything remains of what was once a thriving, densely populated, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community.

The Fugard Theatre, located in District Six, will pay homage to what was once District Six – the place and its people.

The show will have its premiere on 11 February 2016, precisely 50 years after the declaration of 1966.

David Kramer, who together with his partner the late Taliep Petersen created the hugely successful musicals – District Six, Fairyland and Kat and the Kings, will celebrate the vibrant musical culture that was to be found in the streets, halls, hotels, clubs and bioscopes of 1960s District Six.

“Kanala will be my way of celebrating the memory of some of the amazing talents from District Six that I met and worked with over the past three decades. People like Taliep Petersen, Salie Daniels, Cyril Valentine, Billy Jaftha, Dougie Schrikker, Al Hendricks, Zayn Adam as well as Richard Rive and Vincent Kolbe. These were all friends who shared their vivid recollections of place and people with me” said Kramer.

An African Villa staff will gladly reserve seats for you using the card details you supplied when making your reservation.

Early bird special: All tickets for the first eight performances are R130.

* The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

The Springbok Experience (a short ride from An African Villa)

A sneak preview of SA Rugby Museum "The Springbok Experience"A world-class, modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport.

“There are two main elements that come through whilst touring the museum: the fun side aimed at kids and families, and the historical side of South African rugby” Read Lauren Vogt’s review of the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.

Venue: Portswood House, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: 10am – 6pm
Cost: R 65 | R 40 scholars | R 180 family ticket

* Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

1 December 2015 to 15 April 2016 (why not take in this exhibition when undertaking your Robben Island ferry ride when staying at An African Villa)?

imageThe annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition returns, featuring over 100 awe-inspiring images, from animal behaviour to wild landscapes. On certain Wednesday evenings, branded ‘Wildlife Wednesdays’, the exhibition will host a wildlife photographer to present their work and inspire the audience with stories and photographs from the field.

Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clocktower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: 9am, 11am & 1pm | Wildlife Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
Cost: R 50 – R 240

* Stevenson Gallery – Meleko Mokgosi

Meleko Mokgosi – 21 January to 27 February 2016

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A solo exhibition by Meleko Mokgosi titled Comrades, which examines the historical, aesthetic and conceptual links between southern African liberation movements and communism. Venue: Stevenson Gallery, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 1pm | Opening 6pm Cost: Free

The Stevenson is a short taxi ride from An African Villa – if our staff has booked you into The Pot Luck Club nearby this gallery, why not take in the exhibition on the way home?

 

* NATIONAL GALLERY

Celebrating the Lives and Work of South African Artists

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n National Gallery – walk there from An African Villa and have lunch or tea afterwards at the lovely Company’s Garden Restaurant?

Until September 30, 2016 Studio – Celebrating the Lives and Work of South African Artists

Nandipha Mntambo
Studio brings the notion of the artist’s workspace as a centre of creativity into the very heart of the art museum. An active workspace for young people that complements an exciting display curated from the holdings of the Iziko Art Collections department forms the basis of this initiative. Facilitating an active engagement between art educators and curators, as well as between South African contemporary practice and art history, the project aims at creating a space for learning and fresh visual expression on the part of our South African youth.

Enquiries: Yentl Kohler, Tel. 021 481 3961 or email ykohler@iziko.org.za;
Philippa Coleman, Tel. 021 481 3830 or email pcoleman@iziko.org.za;
Hayden Proud, Tel. 021 481 3965 or email hproud@iziko.org.za

History will Break your Heart by Kemang Wa Lehulere

Location: South African National GalleryFrom: November 19, 2015 To: January 20, 2016 History will Break your Heart by Kemang Wa Lehulere

Another Homeless Song (for RRR Dhlomo)2 2015 Salvaged school desks (steel), gumboots, clay, paint Kemang Wa Lehulere
Kemang Wa Lehulere’s inaugural exhibition, History will Break your Heart, opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 19 November. Wa Lehulere is the 2015 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.

Kemang Wa Lehulere’s work finds its form in several media, including installation, text, video, drawing and performance. His work engages with the spaces between personal narrative and collective history, between processes of amnesia and archive, all the while transitioning between a dream state and an insomnious reality.

History will Break your Heart is an exhibition that takes its cue from the work of Gladys Mgudlandlu, Ernest Mancoba, RRR Dlomo and Nat Nakasa. Looking at these deceased South African-born artists and writers, Wa Lehulere creates a fractured narrative in an attempt to recall past moments, artworks and literature as a way of rethinking the present. Employing strategies of re-enactment, the exhibition consists of Mgudlandu’s and Mancoba’s work in relation to Wa Lehulere’s.

For exhibition enquiries, contact curator, Ernestine White on Tel. 021 467 7234 or email ewhite@iziko.org.za

* KIRSTENBOSCH CONCERTS

THE LATEST CONCERT PROGRAMME FOR THE AMPHIHEATRE

Please take a look at the following link:

http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/summer-concerts

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts logo 2015-2016 (new)

Line-up (the staff at An African Villa can lend residents a picnic basket for your snacks and a blanket to sit on!)

6 Dec 2015

Arno Carstens (2)

13 Dec 2015

Mango Groove (2)

15 Dec 2015

 Scott Stapp (R395)

17, 18, 19, 20 Dec 2015

Carols at Kirstenbosch

27 Dec 2015

Jimmy Nevis (2)

31 Dec 2015

New Year’s Eve concert: Jeremy Loops / Grassy Spark

3 Jan 2016

The Parlotones (3)

10 Jan 2016

Prime Circle (2)

17 Jan 2016

Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke (2)

24 Jan 2016

Mi Casa (2)

31 Jan 2016

The Soil (2)

7 Feb 2016

Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival (2)

14 Feb 2016

Matthew Mole / Rubber Duc (2)

21 Feb 2016

Goldfish (2)

28 Feb 2016

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (2)

6 March 2016

Shortstraw / The Plastics (1)

13 March 2016

Al Bairre / Bye Beneco (1)

20 March 2016

Zebra & Giraffe / Monark (1)

21 March 2016

Jack Parow /PHFAT at Kirstenbosch NBG

27 March 2016

Beatenberg / John Wizards (2)

30 March 2016

Of Monsters and Men at Kirstenbosch NBG (R425)

1 April 2016

Jungle at Kirstenbosch NBG (R425)

3 Apr 2016

December Streets  / The Vanilla (1)