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Central City happenings: 23 January 2019 to 20 February 2019

Central City happenings: 23 January 2019 to 20 February 2019

22 Jan 2019

The festive season may be over, but the Central City’s events calendar remains full. Have a look at what’s on offer during the next few weeks.

Now on till 26 January
Butlers and Body Bags

In this exhilarating show with crazy antics happening right up until the final scene, the audience’s participation has an impact on the storyline. So, if you’ve ever wanted to steer a show in a particular direction and even kill off one or two characters along the way, now’s your chance! 
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R100 – R120

Now on till 14 February
International Summer Music Festival by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Enjoy the 13th International Summer Music Festival by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). Conductors Martin Panteleev and Victor Yampolsky will direct the CPO in two concerts each. Soloists are the Jussen brothers – Holland’s hottest piano duo. According to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant: “Under their hands, the two pianos form one flowing instrument.”
Where: City Hall, Darling St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R95 – R245

15 to 17 February
Investec Cape Town Art Fair

The seventh edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) is set to once again offer a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from across Africa and the world. ICTAF 2019 will see new collections from leading South African galleries including Goodman Gallery, Everard Read CIRCA, Stevenson, SMAC Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Gallery MOMO, SMITH, and Blank Projects. Each of these galleries will contribute towards a captivating programme of exhibition openings and events to coincide with the Fair.
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long St
When: 11h00
Cost: R95 – R180

21 February 2019
Museum Night Cape Town 2019

Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner. For one night, the public is invited to explore their Central City’s museums and cultural institutions after hours and free of charge.
Where: Cape Town Central City
When: More information about the event and programme will be made available soon but, for now, please save the date.
Cost: Free

Now on till 24 February
The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2

These bioscope screenings have proven to be very popular with record attendances since the first season back in 2011. If you haven’t treated yourself to any of the screenings showcasing the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet, now is your chance to do so. The programme is a theatre-goer’s treat with a selection that includes Romeo and JulietHamlet and festive-season favourite, The Nutcracker.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Caledon St
When: 10h00 (Sundays)
Cost: R100

Now on till 9 February
The Michael Jackson History Show

Celebrate the life and talent of the King of Pop, with this casino-class production featuring a live international band, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and brilliant effects. 
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R190 – R390

Now on till 3 March

Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. This musical by the award-winning David Kramer is performed in English.
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Caledon St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R160 – R260

27 January
Open Streets City Centre

Hosted by Open Streets Cape Town, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), Open Streets days celebrate streets as shared public spaces, and encourage people to think differently about how they move around the urban environment. On the day, Bree Street will be closed off to cars and open for people to walk, skate, cycle, play, dance, explore, or just connect with friends and family in a safe, relaxed public space.
Where: Bree Street, Cape Town CBD
When: 09h00 to 14h00
Cost: Free

29 January till 2 February

The Rainbow Academy presents the award-winning hit South African musical Sarafina. The show is an ode to over 500 youths who were killed while protesting against an official order that made Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country. 
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R60 – R100

2 February till 16 February

Hairspray is a feel-good stage musical and winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, as well as four Laurence Olivier Awards. The show’s timeless message is that everyone should be treated equally regardless of social, cultural and physical differences.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R185 – R225

7 February till 16 February
Krotoa: Eva van de Kaap

The story of Krotoa Eva is aimed at connecting the dots between what happened at a 17th Century Fort and what is still happening in the modern world. It is a compelling and engaging story meant especially to help Cape Town audiences understand their collective past, make sense of the present and be better prepared for the future.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R50 – R100

16 February
Chumani Ngojo & Nu Praize Live Recording Concert

Join Chumani Ngojo and Nu Praize as they perform their second live CD and DVD recording concert.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: Depends on booking
Cost: R100 – R200

17 February
Community Gala Concert

Enjoy the second annual Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Community Gala Concert – a celebration of talent across Cape Town’s communities. The show is aimed at providing a platform for several amazing young Capetonians, most performing for the first time in a mainstream symphony concert with a professional orchestra.
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan St
When: 18h00
Cost: R100 – R160


First Thursday of every month
First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month, take an after-hours walk between the galleries, restaurants and shops in the Cape Town CBD and experience what our Central City has to offer during the leisure hours.
When: 17h00 till late
First Thursday of every month

First Thursday of every month
Hope on Hopkins Gin & Tonic Tasting

Hosted by Bootlegger Coffee Company on every first Thursday of the month, Hope on Hopkins Gin & Tonic Tasting offers information about the distilling process, the history of gin and what makes gin “gin”, guiding guests through a curated tasting of three different styles of gin and tonics and what makes them different.
Cost: Free (seats are limited to 20 people and bookings via Cara at marketing@bootlegger.co.za are essential)
Where: Bootlegger Coffee Company, 50 Harrington Street
When: 18h00

Every Thursday
Earth Fair Food Market

Where: upper St Georges Mall (Wale St side)
When: 11h00 till 15h00

Story time for kids

Where: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St
When: 11h00
Cost: Free

For regularly updated event info, visit City Views on Facebook.

Images by artscape.co.za (Hairspray and Sarafina)