Creative Cape Town

Aug 11 13:10 2011 Adele Kendall Print This Article

Cape Town is a diverse, cultural city and is the hometown of many South African artists, poets and musicians. 

Cape Town is a diverse,Guest Posting cultural city and is the hometown of many South African artists, poets and musicians. The vibrant people and magnificent views inspire many creative souls and Cape Town is renowned as the creative centre of South Africa. There are a variety of attractions for those who love a bit of artistic flair from art galleries, jazz festivals and flower shows to theatres, annual festivals and music events, Cape Town has a creative outing for the most distinct and creative travelers. If you would like to get your creative juices flowing, here is a list of Cape Town’s creative hotspots.

  • Everyone loves flowers and the Cape Town Flower and Garden Show offers a world-class display of show gardens, lectures, Cape Town cuisine and wine. This spectacular exhibition of flowers, plants and exotic species is held annually at the Lourensford Wine Estate.
  • Cape Town has a host of theatres offering the best of South Africa’s homegrown talent. The Baxter theatre was established in 1960 and is a platform for dance, music and live theatre. The Artscape Theatre is an all-round arts venue and is renowned for its ballet and opera. On Broadway in Longstreet focuses on the cabaret scene. The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg is an intimate theatre that hosts a variety of professional and semi-professional productions. Other theatres include Theatre on the Bay, Maynardville Open Air Theatre, The Playhouse and Villa Pascal Theatre.
  •  The Kirstenbosch summer concerts are the perfect way to spend a family outing on a Sunday afternoon. Relax and picnic in the beautiful botanical gardens while South Africa’s talented musicians entertain you. All music lovers are catered for from jazz to rock.
  •  Cape Town proudly hosts more than 100 art galleries and the artwork reflects the diverse South African culture and scenery. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a piece of art as a unique memento and even the most serious art collectors will easily find a masterpiece.
  • Bo-kaap is the home to the Cape’s Muslim community and this brightly coloured village adorns many post cards. Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history and it is worthwhile having a traditional Cape Malay meal at one of the restaurants that line the brightly coloured houses and narrow cobbled streets.
  •  In 1966 the government declared District Six a “white area” and moved all the coloured and black people out the area to the Cape Flats. The history of this vibrant community is relived in the District Six Museum and is worth a visit to learn more about Cape Towns’ history.
  •  The “Museum Mile”, collectively known as the Iziko Museums, is located near Cape Town and consists of 12 museums and celebrate natural history, social history and art. These museums are the perfect way to explore Cape Town’s cultural history. The exhibits include insects, fish, dinosaurs and 700 million year old fossils.
  • The Cape Town International Jazz Fest is a favourite amongst locals and is a feast of good music. It has grown into a hugely successful international event and about 34 000 people attend each year. The festival brings more that 40 international and local artists who perform over 2 days on five stages and has earned the status of being a prestigious event.

If you have a creative spirit, Cape Town is also the perfect destination to inspire your own creative ideas.


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