August Highlights in Cape Town

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August is filled to the brim with exciting events, activities and experiences to make the most of the last month of winter and to celebrate Women’s Month. Here’s our list of 10 things to do to honour women and wear out your boots before the start of spring.

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WOMEN’S MONTH ACTIVITIES IN THE CAPE 

Women’s Day on 9 August commemorates the 20 000 women who courageously marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, more than 6 decades ago, to petition against the country’s pass laws that restricted and oppressed many South Africans.

It is no surprise that this significant day is honoured throughout the entire month of August. From brunches and all-female trips to talks and comedy, we have found a range of activities and experiences to celebrate women.

When: Throughout August
Where: Various

AQUARIUM AFTER DARK SERIES: THE STEEZIES AND ANDROGENIUS

The Aquarium After Dark series presents eight-piece Zulu-funk band The Steezies and ‘soul hop’ four-piece band Androgenius at the last show in the music series.

With performances at Rocking the Daisies, River Republic, Up the Creek and Splashy Fen, The Steezies has solidified their eccentric presence with their vibrant live shows. Androgenius’ music explores various melodies, fusing old-school R&B and soul with funk, hip hop, and jazz

When: 28 August
Where: Two Oceans Aquarium
Tickets: Book Now

CRADLE OF CREATIVITY – THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) South Africa hosts a six-day theatre festival featuring productions and performances specially created for young people, from babies to young adults.

The festival includes conferences, workshops, theatre, dance, music and puppetry.

When: 20 to 25 August
Where: Baxter TheatreTheatre Arts Admin Collective and Magnet TheatreGuga S’Thebe
Tickets: Book Now

CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY

The production, performed to Tchaikovsky’s music, is the timeless story of Princess Aurora’s 100-year sleep and magical awakening.

It features encounters with fairies and fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and the Bluebird and Princess Florine, that will enchant young and old audience members alike.

Sleeping Beauty is staged by South African ballet legend, Denise Schultze Godfrey. Cape Town City Ballet is accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on some of the show dates.

When: 17 to 31 August
Where: Artscape Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

HOMEMAKERS EXPO CAPE TOWN 2019

The 24th annual Cape Town Homemakers Expo is themed ‘Raw Comfort’ and features the latest in home, décor, design and lifestyle trends.

The event is a platform that connects home-related artisans, manufacturers, specialists, and knowledgeable experts to home and lifestyle enthusiasts and buyers. This year’s event features a new area, The Kitchen, which offers demonstrations by well-known chefs, baristas and flaring barmen.

When: 29 August to 1 September
Where: CTICC
Tickets: Book Now

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WHY SHOULD I HESITATE: SCULPTURE BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

Norval Foundation one of two venues hosting the Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge. It is the largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by Kentridge and presents his three-dimensional sculpture work from the past 19 years.

When: 24 August to 23 March 2020
Where: Norval Foundation
Tickets: Book Now

ENCHANTED FOREST OF LIGHTS

The Company Gardens is transformed into a magical wonderland with a rainbow of lights, artificial snowflakes, music and family activities.

Visitors walk through a 400m-long trail of the Company’s Garden lit up with thousands of lights to experience a white winter Christmas. The event features eco-friendly artificial snow, father Christmas, Chariots Christmas background music, an instant photo booth, Christmas lights and more.

When: 23 August to 1 September
Where: Company Gardens
Tickets: Book Now

ELGIN WINTER FESTIVAL: WINTER, WINE AND WORDS!

From local wines to literary talks, the very first Elgin Winter Festival: Winter, Wine and Words! combines everything there is to love about the Elgin Valley.

The valley offers a wide variety of winter-warming events, activities and experiences all weekend from the highly anticipated Crime Fest / Krimi Fees and exclusive wine masterclasses to Parkrun and mountain biking, river barging, pony rides and outrides, indulgent complimentary gifts for ladies and so much more.

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When: 9 to 11 August
Where: Elgin Valley
Tickets: Book Now

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SONGS OF PRAISE

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town presents two Songs of Praise concerts conducted by celebrity maestro Richard Cock. The programme includes traditional and modern hymns/songs, choral anthems and African pieces.

The choir is accompanied by a festive brass and percussion ensemble and in some pieces by the St. Mark’s marimba band, who also perform some instrumental works.

When: 17 & 18 August
Where: Groot Kerk, Cape Town | King of Kings Church, Fish Hoek
Tickets: Book Now for Groot Kerk | Book Now for King of Kings Church

POETRY IN MCGREGOR FESTIVAL 2019

The 7th annual Poetry in McGregor Festival, renowned for its warm-hearted and intimate atmosphere, has become one of the most popular poetry festivals on the continent.

The theme this year is ‘The Heart of the Moon’ and includes readings, workshops, music and poetry, open mic opportunities and lots of time for poets and friends of poetry from across the country to get acquainted.

When: 23 to 25 August
Where: Temenos Retreat
Tickets: Book Now

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