September Highlights in Cape Town

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As you emerge from your winter hibernation and shed those extra layers of clothing, spring into September with a diary filled with music, art and blossoming wildflowers. Here’s our list of 10 events that will make you fall in love with Spring.

STOMP RETURNS TO CAPE TOWN

International hit theatre show STOMP returns to the local stage, almost a decade after it first toured South Africa.

STOMP uses mundane items to blend together dance, music and theatrical performance. Eight talented performers take the audience on a journey through sound, using brooms, matchboxes and metal trashcans.

The show has been touring the globe for 26 years, playing over 20 thousand performances in 55 countries on six continents. STOMP also performed in London’s West end for 15 years.

When: 10 to 15 September
Where: Artscape Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

CAPE TOWN OPERA PRESENTS ORPHEE & EURYDICE

Love is in the air this spring as Cape Town Opera kickstarts the new season with Orphée et Eurydice, one of German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck’s most popular operas.

The story recounts the myth of Greek musician and poet Orpheus’ grief over the sudden death of his young wife, Eurydice, and his challenging journey into the Underworld to resurrect her.

The South African production of Orphée et Eurydice is set to a libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi, and directed by the mother city’s own Matthew Wild.

Exclusive offer: Get 30% off the best seats in the house for the performance on Saturday 7 September.

When: 3 to 7 September
Where: Baxter Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

PEPPA PIG LIVE IN CAPE TOWN

The popular children’s theatrical show returns to South Africa with Peppa Pig’s Big Day Out.

The action-packed live stage show is especially designed to give young fans an unforgettable first live theatre experience. It encompasses the charming, colourful nature of the hit television series and includes all the popular songs.

The show uses life-sized puppets and beautifully costumed characters to bring Peppa Pig to life in a whole new way.

When: 6 to 8 September
Where: Artscape Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre present the 9th annual Open Book Festival, a literary festival with a focus on South African literature in an international context.

The festival includes a record of over 150 literary events, featuring over 100 authors over 5 days. The festival aims to bring the best literature in the world to Cape Town, to promote South African writing internationally, and to make books and literature more accessible to young readers.

When: 4 to 8 September
Where: Various
Tickets: Book Now

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE – ‘WHY SHOULD I HESITATE: SCULPTURE’

Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge 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.

Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding and spontaneous improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen.

When: Until 23 March 2020
Where: Norval Foundation
Tickets: Book Now

MCGREGOR MAGIC GARDEN FESTIVAL

Over 30 private and community gardens are open to visitors this Heritage weekend at the inaugural McGregor Magic Garden Festival.

The festival features expert talks and guided tours, workshops, hidden gardens, home-grown produce, garden markets, wildflowers in bloom, and music and entertainment.

When: 21 to 23 September
Where: McGregor
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ANDY GRIFFITHS MEET AND GREET

Pan Macmillan publishers bring the bestselling author, Andy Griffiths, to South Africa.

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books. Their much-loved Treehouse Series has been embraced by children around the world and is now published in more than 35 countries.

Guest have the opportunity to meet the author and have copies of their books signed.

When: 14 to 15 September
Where: Exclusive Books Tygervalley and Claremont
Tickets: Free entry

HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL

The annual Hermanus Whale Festival, now in its 28th year, is a celebration of the return of the Southern Right whales to the coastal waters of South Africa.

This year’s programme includes land & boat-based whale watching, arts and crafts, an orchid show and the Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show. Festival-goers can enjoy live entertainment, Marine Mammal & Eco Talks, Festival of Whales Street Parade, Kiddies Whale of a Beach Clean-up in the Old Harbour and on the Cliff Path and more.

When: 27 to 29 September
Where: Hermanus Waterfront
Tickets: Free entry

VOYAGE AT ART IN THE YARD

Voyage is a group exhibition that deals with the notion of a journey. It looks at how the goal of a journey is not the completion of such but the full engagement with the path along the way.

Featured artists of the exhibition include: Duncan Stewart, Chris Denovan, Adriaan Diedericks, Tendai Nhavira, Lerato Motau, Joshua Miles, Sheeka Kalan and Marlena Horak.

When: 1 to 26 September
Where: Art in the Yard Gallery
Tickets: Free entry

CAPE TOWN BAROQUE FESTIVAL 2019

The seven-day music festival celebrates the variety of styles and genres of music from the Baroque period, the range of performance approaches of different schools of playing, and the diversity of performers of early music in South Africa and internationally.

The theme of this year’s CTBF is ‘Diversity in Early Music’. For the first time, the festival is presented over seven days, thereby expanding its reach to more venues across Cape Town’s city centre with an even more diverse programme of Baroque music.

When: 18 to 24 September
Where: Various
Tickets: Book Now

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