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Heritage spaces showcase fresh talent

Nov 02, 2016

This November in Cape Town, there is a distinct feeling in the air of “let the holiday season begin!”

The Table Mountain Cableway defines the summer in the city with their Sunset Special offer. From 1 November to 28 February tickets are half price after 18:00 (R62.50 for kids and R127.50 for adults). Celebrate the longer days with views from the mountain top at that magic hour. More and more it seems that the city is creating space for cultural events to take place in significant and magnificent heritage spaces. The Fringe Festival at the City Hall and the Flower Show at the Castle of Good Hope in the closing days of October are two good examples.

The Castle comes alive again on November 12 from 17:00 with the 2016 All Nations Reggae Festival. It will feature five international artists: Bushman, Etana and Turbulence from Jamaica, Souljah Luv from Zimbabwe and Lucius Banda from Malawi. They will be supported by SA’s Rudimentals, Blak Kalamawi, Yagga Flames, Bashmouth Sound, Triple Crown and Ras Reggie.

The beautiful City Hall has long been the home of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. This month they should bring in as wide an audience as possible as the programme includes two of the best-known classical works for young and old. Peter and the Wolf will be performed on Sunday 13 November conducted by Carlo Ponti with a guest appearance by Evita Bezuidenhout (more about Evita below). Then there’s Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s famous Symphony No 9 in D Minor, from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 November. Omri Hadari will be conducting with soloists Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) and Mandla Mndebele (bass) and the New Apostolic Church Choir.

An evening with Evita Bezuidenhout has a short run at the Artscape Theatre from Tuesday 1 to Sunday 6 November. The character of Evita was created by Pieter-Dirk Uys in the 1980s, when she was still the wife of an apartheid cabinet minister and the South African ambassador to the fictional homeland republic of Bapetikosweti. Today she is as much a force for activism as for brilliant satire with her own political party and voter education campaign.

From 16 to 26 November Artscape presents Quartet by German playwright Heiner Muller directed by Marthinus Basson. The play is based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses the 1782 novel about aristocratic rivals who use seduction to humiliate others, condensed into an hour with all the characters played by two actors. For those who enjoy theatre in a decadent and intense key.

The Fugard Theatre presents a very interesting play The Father by French playwright Florian Zeller with Marius Weyers in the title role (8 November to 3 December, see page 9). Also at the Fugard from 22 November is a return season of David Kramer’s musical Kanala. The show premiered on 11 February this year, 50 years to the day after District Six was declared whites-only under the Group Areas Act. It is a musical homage to the place and to the community that lived there till they were forcibly uprooted and removed. This venue is close to home as the Fugard shares walls with the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre. The show features the music of District Six’s streets, nightclubs, concerts, carnivals and choirs and is in turns funny and painfully sad. From 22 November to 31 December.

Mohau Modisakeng is the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2016. His powerful exhibition Lefa La Ntate is touring the country and this month it is Cape Town’s turn to see it. At the SA National Gallery till 29 January 2017 (see page 9). Finally, a festival showcasing fresh local talent in music, art and fashion.

The Mother City Live Arts Experience will take place in Trafalgar Park in Woodstock on the last Saturday of the month. It is billed as a music, arts and food festival combined. The listings to date feature musicians across many genres, all from Cape Town, all young and making a name for themselves. Saturday 26 November in the park from 11:00. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:18

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