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*Michael Bublé – South Africa 2015

Michael Bublé – South Africa 2015

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Big Concerts is very pleased to confirm that the multi Grammy award winning, Canadian superstar, Michael Bublé, will be returning to South Africa in 2015 for 4 special concert dates. Catch him live in Durban on 17th March 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Cape Town on 19th March 2015 at Cape Town Stadium and Johannesburg on 21st and 22nd March 2015 at The Dome. Presented by 702, East Coast Radio and M-Net.

Michael Bublé has achieved global sales of 45 million albums in the course of his extraordinary decade long career. His previous ‘Crazy Love’ tour sold out in 80 US cities and was seen by over 2 million fans worldwide including 5 sold out dates in Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the album ‘Crazy Love’ has now passed 7.6 million sales. Bublé’s last CD, the multi-platinum ‘Christmas’, was the second biggest selling album of 2011 following Adele and has spent almost 2 and half years on the album chart. His latest release ‘To Be Loved’ debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Magazine Top 200 pop charts

For more info: http://www.bigconcerts.co.za/show/michael_bubl_-1041

*Gugulethu Wine Festival

Join South Africa’s Finest Wineries at the Tops at Spar Gugulethu wine festival

The 2011 debut TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival was the shining star in Cape Town over the 27th and 28th May 2011 weekend. It was hailed as a major success by the 2050 visitors, 37 exhibitors and over 120 media that attended over the two evenings on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall.

The festival was officially opened by Cape Town Premier Helen Zille, who commented that you can no longer say Cape Town is not a wonderfully integrated city as one looked over the sea of people that packed the wine tasting marquee on Friday. She thanked co-founders Mzoli Ngcawuzele and Lungile Mbalo for their vision in bringing people together in wine and spent an hour walking, talking and taking questions.

It is a sobering certainty to our South African Wineries that we have a very large, very smart, new wine-loving market and they are just across the road and they must adjust their marketing campaigns to include wine festivals like Soweto and Gugulethu to speak to this market directly. It is the wine ‘trailblazers’, the early adopters that will remain in the hearts and minds of these consumers in the long run.

For more info: http://www.gugulethuwinefestival.co.za/About-us.htm

*Sizzling Summer Cocktails

For the perfect way to end hot summer days, head to the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel for delicious 2-for-1 cocktails on the pool deck from 17:00-19:00.

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Must-tries include the cranberry flavoured Ama-lekkerlicious, the fresh lime and honey infused Fish Eagle Rio and the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Cape Strawberry Daiquiri made with fresh strawberries and Collison’s White Gold Brandy.

The Southern Sun Waterfront cocktail happy hour takes place daily from 17:00-19:00.

For more info: http://www.capetown.travel/events/entry/sizzling-summer-cocktails-at-the-southern-sun-waterfront

*Rumbullion

A riotously good time at the Rumbullion in Camps Bay

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Set on what is arguably one of Camps Bay’s loftiest viewpoints; the Rumbullion eases up on the fine dining atmosphere of neighbouring Roundhouse, and opts for a more relaxed picnic-style cuisine on the terraces and lawns. Come bask in the natural, leisurely atmosphere with friends and family, while enjoying The Rumbullion’s delicious pizzas and one of the most enviable views on Earth!
For more info: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/40-things-to-do-in-cape-town-under-r200/

*Design Indaba Expo, Conference & Festival 2015

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Design Indaba, the globally acclaimed creative fandango that’s put Cape Town on the world map as an international hotbed of innovation, dishes up yet another year of multifaceted events in 2015. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and a few subsidiary venues from Friday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015, the much-anticipated multidisciplinary experience – it includes a conference, simulcast, expo, film festival and music fair – looks to, beyond all else, get the creative juices flowing in the Mother City.

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This creative celebration opens with a cinematic festival from Friday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015 at the Labia. Known as the Design Indaba FilmFest, this showcase brings a first-rate assortment of design-orientated films to the historic Cape Town cinema.

For more information: http://www.designindaba.com/festival

*The Cape Town J&B Met at the Kenilworth Racecourse

The haute couture equestrian event of the year is ‘Made for the Mix’ in 2015.

Horse racing is as much a part of summer as are visits to the beach and poolside cocktails, and what better way to experience this sizzling season than at one of South Africa’s most celebrated outdoor social, fashion and sporting events of the year. That’s right, the J&B Met will, for the 38th time, merge equestrian prowess with high fashion at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday, 31 January 2015.
This year’s theme, ‘Made for the Mix’, celebrates the unique result that comes from mixing contrasting elements and encourages the well-heeled to shake things up on the fashion front with multiple styles of sophisticated and glamorous garb. After all, while tradition and equestrian pageantry may constitute the core of the historical horse race, the J&B Met is just as much about ground-breaking haute couture that challenges conventions and celebrates bold attitudes. Or, more simply, it’s about decadence, debauchery and ‘who’ you’re wearing.

For more info: http: //www.capetownmagazine.com/jb-met

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*David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa

Orpheus in Africa tells the little known story of the American impresario Orpheus McAdoo and his African-American Virginia Jubilee Singers, who visited South Africa in the 1890’s. Their tour began in Scotland where Orpheus met Lady Loch – the wife of the British Governor of the Cape  – who invited them to Cape Town.  It was here some 125 years ago that the Jubilee Singers became an unlikely overnight sensation.

With South African star tenor Aubrey Poo (Muvhango, Scandal, The Wild, Rent, Dreamgirls) in the lead role, David Kramer’s new young company will recreate the unique vocal style of that period, singing many of the well known jubilee spirituals, such as – “Roll Jordan Roll”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, “The Gospel Train” and “Down By The Riverside” as well as a number of new works Kramer has specially composed. Orpheus’s fiancé, Mattie Allen, will be played by Lynelle Kenned (Blood Brothers, Showboat, Poskantoor).

For more info: http: //www.thefugard.com/whats-on/currently-on/item/david-kramer-s-orpheus-in-Africa

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*Stellenbosch Wine Festival

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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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* 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

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

RUGBY
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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

FOOTBALL
Unfortunately no games until February.
http://www.supersport.com/football/fixtures.aspx?id=794&y=2015&m=2

 

GOLF
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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

CYCLING
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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.

RUNNING
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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/

*CONCERTS IN THE PARK

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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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Follow the series of CONCERTS IN THE PARK ON Twitter, like them on Facebook, and check out our photos on Instagram for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.concertsinthepark.co.za

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