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“Once the plot starts rolling along and the crazy cast starts the ludicrous reveal, the sheer brilliance of Irma Vep becomes evident, and the rollercoaster of action and laughter is fully engaged.”

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“A short series of talks by clued-up industry people are each followed by a brief Q&A and a two-song set by a hand-picked original act.”

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“Pausing to take in the exhibition’s general atmosphere, it soon becomes apparent that there is an inherent sense of slight sadness in even the most cheerful piece of Opperman’s art.”

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“The enactment is a feast for the senses, showing off the very best of South African opera, musicianship and stagecraft.”

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“Enchanted Cirque kicks off Cape Town’s ever exciting and colourful spring show line-up and gives new meaning to the phrase ‘hottest ticket in town’.”

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“Sauvignon Blanc is the bottled spirit of the Cape and nothing says “summer” in Cape Town more clearly than the Durbanville wine valley’s Season of Sauvignon festival.”

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“Amid walls adorned in artefacts from the pre-eviction era and a room full of vibrant faces, Jitsvinger exercised his command of the Afrikaans language and Kaaps vernacular in an impressive, rhythmic fashion.”

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“Melodic utterances like a gospel for a new era – one that both breaks with tradition and, simultaneously, unabashedly upholds it.”

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“The dancers commit to each and every movement, with the intensity maintained throughout the entire performance. Even in the more intimate moments, there is a ferocity of intent that sustains the incredible energy of the work.”

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“A brilliantly constructed work, the sexual undertones and quirky transitions are complimented by striking costumes and fantastic lighting design.”

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“One of the suites in the old section of the hotel has been magically transformed into an intimate theatre that seats just forty people. It makes for an entirely different theatre experience, with the audience so close to the actors that one feels involved in the scene.”

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“Another striking element is the piece’s attention to visual detail with a plethora of excellently crafted installation art by Nicola Mayer – work that, in its own right, could be viewed as a standalone exhibition.”

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“The feat of a bassist filling this iconic venue to capacity is unparalleled. There is an old musician’s joke that says audiences commence idle banter when a bassist plays his solo. Not so with Rubain – he makes people roar with glee.”

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“The relentless choreography demands a high level of athleticism from the dancers – who seem to be constantly diving, tumbling, rolling, lifting and throwing both themselves and each other across the stage.”

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“In an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the rhinos, Dirk Badenhorst and the South African Ballet Competition have brought together twelve ballet dancers from nine countries around the world to wow audiences in a handful of Gala performances.”

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“The chorus scenes in Cape Town Opera’s new production of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer are astonishing! Very rarely have I so desperately wanted to see an opera again immediately after opening night.”

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“If done right, a musical can become a classic that transcends generations; if not, it can become a new method of torture. Happily, Lottering has nailed it: this musical is captivating from start to finish.”

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“As we sipped on the gin line, Kleyn’s interactive rendering really cemented some of the topics which included the history of gin segment, what food to pair it with, and the alcohol content.”

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“While most of the exhibits carry a serious, even sombre atmosphere, ‘Kirizenze’ by Thonton Kabeya caught my eye with its palpable expression of joy.”

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“Ismaël Lô is brilliant, with a voice that could change your blood group. He and his band – his wife and daughter are his back-up singers – kept the audience enthralled, and baying for more when they left the stage.”

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“Alongside the company’s new works are two of Christopher L Huggin’s popular pieces. The first, When Dawn Comes, is a lighthearted depiction of the joyful possibilities that a new day brings.”

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“Curator Sarina Jordaan’s exclusive debut dining event marries a myriad of sumptuous South African dishes with a unique setting and a line-up of up-and-coming Capetonian Arts performers.”

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“In a time where there is a global hunger for better leadership and a tendency to blamestorm accountability, a company called Heavy Chef is quietly starting tiny revolutions.”

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“Together with the prologue’s introduction to the quirky Don Quixote, played by Johnny Bovang, the brilliant Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra create an atmosphere of expectation that bursts into the energetic opening act.”

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“After a seven year hiatus, international rock band Live treated a packed Grand West Arena to a wall of nostalgic, 90s post-grunge that had audience members screaming and spilling beer all over their 40-something spouses and friends.”

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“They weaved seamlessly through high octane indie rock songs, power ballads and heartfelt acoustic tunes – making for a fully rounded, world-class show that would give any equivalent a run for its money.”

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