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The Castle’s new Aba’Te Khoi Programme celebrates the indigenous Khoi community. The Castle’s new Aba’Te Khoi Programme celebrates the indigenous Khoi community. Rodger Bosch

New life for the old Castle

Aug 11, 2016

The oldest building in the country is being transformed with a R50-million renovation that will make it a venue for meetings, conferences and events, in addition to being a museum and heritage site.

Once the renovations are completed an open air theatre, heritage day celebrations, community markets, the Cape Town Flower Festival in October and summer concerts will make this an even more popular destination.

The renovations mark the Castle’s 350th anniversary with management looking at how the entirety of the Castle’s history can become part of its offering.

This includes acknowledging the indigenous community that is also part of the Castle’s history but has not been well represented. The new Aba’Te Khoi Programme depicting the life of the early Khoi community aims to help address this with workshops throughout the week on indigenous language and music, included in the Castle’s entrance fee.

Aside from hosting more events, the Castle will offer 20 venues for hire. In October this new conference centre will open for business.

Aside from hosting more events, the Castle will offer 20 venues for hire. In October this new conference centre will open for business. “It’ll be the oldest building with the most advanced technology in the city,” says Castle spokesperson Doreen Hendricks.

Small business owners based in the city will be able to book the venue for a video conference or meeting without having to worry about parking and traffic. Another plan in the pipeline is the Castle’s application to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a portfolio of evidence now being prepared.

Last modified on Thursday, 01 September 2016 10:02
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