February may be the month of love, but the realities of international events certainly did not leave many of us viewing the world with rose-tinted glasses. But let us indulge a little in the colour of romance and turn our thoughts and palates to pink wine. Rosé (as it is called) stems from the French word rose meaning pink. But how exactly is pink wine made?
This November in Cape Town, there is a distinct feeling in the air of “let the holiday season begin!”
The Cape Town Fringe festival is on now and runs until the 8th of October. It is staged by the National Arts Festival and brings us some of the highlights from Grahamstown (among other things).
The red Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing buses are a familiar sight to the residents of Cape Town. I have always regarded them as belonging to a separate zone, a dimension of the city that exists for tourists only. Until recently that is, when I travelled on them for the first time and had my perceptions refigured entirely. As one who has hosted visitors to Cape Town many, many times, I only wish it had happened much sooner.
The sixth Open Book Festival closed on Sunday 11 September, cementing central Cape Town’s place at the cutting edge of national conversations spanning culture, literature, politics, economics and globalisation. Not to mention the place of books, publishers, authors and readers in our fast-changing times.
The lights go out and the sounds of djembe drums sets the scene as the velvet curtains open on a group of young dancers for this contemporary dance forming part of Artscape’s Heritage Month celebrations.
The Open Book Festival, a major annual literary event, is in its 6th year. CityLife spoke to organisor and proprietor of the Book Lounge, Mervyn Sloman, about this year’s line-up.
It's 1959 in cold war America and Russ (Andrew Buckland) and Bev (Susan Danford) are packing up and leaving their Chicago neighbourhood, and family home of many years. As the couple conduct a series of petty disputes over world geography and domestic issues, neighbours drop by to the growing exasperation of Russ, brilliantly portrayed by Andrew Buckland. The politics of white suburbia and its visceral prejudices are brought into comedic focus in the couple’s wallpapered living room.
There is a feast of culture laid out in central Cape Town this September. Here are some of the highlights to keep on your radar in a packed and crowded field.