Posted by: The Historian | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: January 30, 2012

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Professional and non-professional dancers from South Africa and around the world will be participating in the Cape Town International Ballet Competition in a dynamic week-long event that includes elimination rounds culminating in the finals and two gala events with international guest artists performing.

The biennial competition is taking place at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town with dancers from South Africa, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, Cuba and South Korea gathering for what is to be an exceptionally exciting event on the dance calendar.

Elimination rounds will be taking place from Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March 2012 at 19h00 and the finals on Friday 2 March at 20h00 culminating in the Grand Gala Performance on Saturday 3 March at 20h00.

There will also be a second Gala performance taking place on Sunday 4 March at 15h00 due to the enormous popularity of the last Gala in 2010.

During the week of the competition, competition organisers will hold master classes and workshops for South African teachers and dancers, both professional and non-professional, from communities throughout the Western Cape and other provinces.

The Cape Town International Ballet Competition are co-operating with other international competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix, the South Korea International Dance Competition and the Royal Academy of Dance’s Geneé International Ballet Competition , as well as the celebrated National Ballet School of Cuba to further enhance the standard of the competition and to attract a higher calibre of competing dancers.

The judges for ballet competition are drawn from the cream of the international ballet world and competitors will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals as well as substantial monetary prizes on a par with other major international ballet competitions.

This will also be the first time in the history of the biennial event that male and female participants will be judged separately in both the classical and contemporary sections.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town. Complement an evening of exquisite ballet with fine dining at the hotel’s famous Bombay Brasserie restaurant.

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Posted by: The Historian | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: January 26, 2012

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The Mother City is generally regarded as the epicentre of gay culture in South Africa. Cape Town abounds with gay-popular accommodations, restaurants, and bars and annually celebrates one of the biggest and most exciting gay pride events in the Southern Hemisphere – Pride Cape Town – which takes place over 10 days in early March 2012.

The Cape Town Pride Festival is a celebration of South Africa’s wonderful diversity, and from the 2nd till the 11th of March 2012, Cape Town will once again be uniting cultures to create awareness around issues impacting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities locally and throughout Africa.

The festival comprises a variety of cultural and arts events, parties, and other gatherings and one can expect everything from film screenings and relationship workshops to pool parties and the Mr. and Mrs. Pride Cape Town pageant. Included in the list of activities are an interfaith service, a beach picnic, a book fair and discussions led by the Institute for Humanities in Africa, as well as a “pink ball,” and pride hike.

The main event though, is the Pride Parade, which takes place on the final Saturday of the festival. Typically beginning at 11 am it starts at Cape Town Stadium and continues to Beach Road, passing along Sea Point’s Main Road, and ending back at the stadium for a large celebration featuring a number of music acts and performers.

Cape Town Pride is a Non-Profit Organisation that is committed towards being inclusive and encompassing and the annual Cape Town Pride Festival is driven by passionate volunteers who freely give their time, effort and energy to the event. More information can be found on the official Cape Town pride website including entry forms for the pageant, stall applications and float registry.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and its central location makes it the perfect launch point for exploring the many pride festival activities as well as other Cape Town events. The Taj Cape Town is also a proud sponsor for Mr Gay SA.

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