Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Cape Town,Events | on: June 30, 2011

Images courtesy of Jazzart Dance Theatre

Danscape is Jazzart Dance Theatre’s annual celebration of dance where some of the city’s most talented young dancers celebrate the beauty and innovation of collaborative dance in all its forms.

In association with Artscape and presented by Jazzart Dance theatre, Danscape 2011 will be showing from 7–10 July and showcases the combined talents of Cape Town’s top dance schools and companies. The annual show has long been a platform for up and coming dancers and choreographers to showcase their talent and one can expect a performance that will delight, inspire and amaze.

Included will be dancers from Dance For All, Cape Academy of Performing Arts, KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre, iKapa Dance Theatre, Vadhini Indian Arts Academy, Sibonelo Dance Project and CAFDA Youth Dance Company 34/18.

Danscape has innovative new works in store for Cape Town audiences, incorporating contemporary, modern, Spanish and traditional Indian styles as well as a first-time collaboration between dancers from the La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and the Wilvan School of Dance.

Jazzart is the oldest contemporary dance company in the Cape and has been pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance development since 1973. It was originally opened by Sonje Mayo as a dance studio specialising in modern jazz dance, welcoming dancers from across the racial spectrum.

The studio has since evolved into a sizeable contemporary jazz company. Jazzart’s educational schools’ programme has been performed at virtually every school on the Cape Peninsula and the company continues to train young dancers for the professional stage and careers in the arts.

The upcoming production also serves as a fund-raising initiative to raise awareness and funding for the many community arts projects that Jazzart has running throughout the Western Cape. The annual event raises funds for young dancers wishing to follow careers in the arts and Jazzart will also be awarding a percentage of the ticket sales from Danscape to one particularly talented participant.

Guests of the Taj Cape Town wanting to attend this event will be happy to know that the hotel is able to arrange transport in one of their luxury cars. Ask our friendly concierge staff for more information on this or any other upcoming attractions.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town. What better way to top off an evening of contemporary dance than by enjoying a nightcap at the Twankey seafood, oysters and champagne bar?

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: June 27, 2011

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The annual Knysna Oyster Festival has become one of South Africa’s most popular festivals for those who enjoy the great taste of oysters. With two sporting events, competitions, soft sports and good cheer, the ten day festival starting on 1 July 2011 is fun the whole family can enjoy.

The festival has established itself as one of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape and is expecting to bring nearly 65 000 people to Knysna this year. The first Oyster Festival was organised by the late Dick Ginsberg, a local businessman, with the help of Rose Smith from the Knysna Publicity Office in 1983.

Dick Ginsberg wanted to attract people to Knysna during the quiet winter period and the winter festival originally featured a marathon, rugby, golf, squash, and bowls – a far cry from the more than 100 events boasted this year.

The oysters are definitely the stars of the show though and the annual oyster-shucking competition and the ever-popular oyster eating competition are festival favourites; along with the Oyster and Wine Mardi Gras with its impressive range of oyster and wine tastings.

For those Capetonians who are unable to make the Oyster Festival, the freshest and most comprehensive range of oysters can be found at the Twankey Champagne and Oyster Bar at the Taj Cape Town. Here oysters from all over the country are served with fresh seafood tapas and a variety of tasting options.

Capetonians can enjoy oysters from Alexander Bay, Knysna, Luderitz, Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Walvis Bay as well as wild and West Coast Oysters.

And while Champagne and Cap Classiques compliment oysters wonderfully, it may interest you to know that many Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnay’s do so as well. At the Twankey, Guinness is another traditional favourite with oysters, as are a range Bloody Mary shots. The popular Twankey Teaser is a great way to experience these different taste sensations.

The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in the heart of the city and is home to the fabulous Twankey Champagne and Oyster Bar with its sublime oyster menu.




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