Cape Town is arguably the country’s culture capital

Cape Town is arguably the country’s culture capital with beautiful historic architecture, top art galleries and theatres, as well as plenty of world-class museums! Whether you prefer a slice of history and heritage or if you are seeking a dose of the more edgy contemporary art scene, the rich melting pot of Cape Town’s cultural offering boasts all this and more. Discover the city’s history and leave with a momento – a rare book or antiquity. Take in a show – the flavour of Cape Town is found on many a stage – both formal and pavement-style or add a piece of the Mother City’s creative outputs from one of the many art galleries or design shops, to your collection.

 

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Arts & Creatives Weekend HIGHLIGHTS

Whether you’re in Cape Town for an ordinary weekday or an extraordinary weekend, here’s a selection of our top experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. You can book directly, or get in touch with us to make it even easier.


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Swan Lake on Ice

THU 15 JAN
Artscape

The Swan Lake on Ice production is sure to take your breath away with a seamless fusion of the grace and musicality of a classic ballet and the speed and artistry of ice skating. The Imperial Ice Stars from Russia return to South Africa with this dynamic new interpretation of an award-winning masterpiece. With sumptuous news sets and costumes as well as breath taking new choreography from the artistic director Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice, you are in for an icy extravaganza. Relish the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, the tragic tale of love and the thrilling theatrical spectacle. Tickets start from just R125.

Lunch at the Strandloper

ALL YEAR ROUND
West Coast

Get a real taste of the West Coast culinary culture at the iconic Strandloper restaurant. Take a leisurely drive up the coast to Langebaan where this open-air restaurant is situated right on the beach, then get ready for a gourmet experience of epic proportions as course after course of traditional South African food is served. This is slow dining and you are likely to spend between three to four hours here savouring local delicacies such as bokkoms, fish curry mussels, crayfish, and much more. At R275 per person this is an experience well worth the money. Make sure you book well in advance.

Cape Town Comedy Club

ALL YEAR ROUND
The Pumphouse

Comedy is about so much more than telling funny jokes. Like the court jester of old, comedians often have the talent to cut to the truth while making us laugh at the same time. Catch some of the best local talent at Cape Town Comedy Club, the only dedicated Comedy Club in Cape Town, situated in the historic Pumphouse building in the V&A Waterfront. The club is a Dinner Theatre venue and runs Wednesdays to Sundays and 7 days a week over the festive season.

Walk the Museum Mile

ALL YEAR ROUND
CBD

From the history of slavery in the Cape to the great artworks in the SA National Gallery, Cape Town’s heritage is showcased in various museums, galleries and places of cultural significance in the city centre. Start at the Iziko SA National Gallery in the Company’s Gardens then walk over to the Natural History Museum and Planetarium. Take a break at the Company’s Garden Restaurant for a spot of lunch before ambling down Government Avenue to the Slave Lodge and Social History Centre on Church Square.

Browse Church Street Galleries

ALL YEAR ROUND
CBD

Church Street is a pedestrian street in the bustling heart of the city centre and is a real art collectors dream. The tree-lined walkway is home to a number of top contemporary art galleries in close proximity. Hop from gallery to gallery including Smith Studio, World Art, the Cape Gallery as well as the AVA Gallery. And if you’re still hunting for that masterpiece to add to your collection, pop into one of the galleries on the nearby Shortmarket or Hout Street then head over to one of the trendy eateries on Bree Street for lunch. This art meander is best done on a Saturday morning as most galleries close at 13:00.

Blah Blah Bar

ALL YEAR ROUND
CBD

Looking to hang out with some like-minded folk while enjoying great local contemporary art? Head on over to the Blah Blah bar, the Mother City’s first art bar. The Blah Blah bar aims to create a cultural venue where all sorts of things happen, from light shows and poetry readings to stand-up comedy and music gigs by well-known DJs. Sharing the same premises as the Erdmann contemporary gallery, the art loving and creative visitor will feel right at home here. In their own words: “The Blah Blah Bar stands for music-crazy, fun-loving activists.”

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