This October, the vibrant city centre of Cape Town plays host to the inaugural FNB Variété Festival. This talent-filled festival hits the Mother City with a variety of comedy shows, cabarets and dinner-theatre experiences performed by top local artists.
The festival will be on from 6 – 20 October 2012 and is the start of a five-year plan to grow the festival and to embrace even more of our beautiful Mother City, including the National Museum, The Fugard precinct, the de Waterkant precinct and the Long Street area.
Taj Cape Town is honoured to be hosting three out of the five acts being featured at the festival; we will feature them from 8 – 13 October and from 15 – 18 October at 20h00.
In our St Georges Conference room, Cape Town’s favourite and most loved comic Marc Lottering will be teaming up with multi-award winning cabaret artist, singer and pianist Godfrey Johnson for Marc Lottering in Song.
Voted Best Cabaret Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, Sharron Matthews brings her show to Cape Town after two years of sold-out performances around the world. Canada’s leading cabaret singer will thrill and entertain her audience with her singular brand of comedy and mash-ups from Queen, Lady Gaga and more in our very own Lobby Lounge.
Finally, Tina C, the creation of award-winning actor, comedian and musician, Christopher Green, will have audiences laughing and thinking with her collection of satire, great music and clever lyrics at our Twankey Oyster and Champagne Bar.
As part of the City of Cape Town’s Heritage Day festivities on Sunday 23 September, the Cape Town Marathon will once again test endurance while giving runners an ideal opportunity to experience and celebrate the city’s rich natural and cultural heritage.
Starting at 06H30 in Adderley Street in the historical heart of Cape Town the route will take runners out to Rondebosch before looping back to the City via the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point finishing on the Green Point Common Fields.
Heritage highlights en-route include:
• The Adderley Street flower sellers
• Table Mountain – named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
• The Castle of Good Hope completed in 1679
• Groote Schuur Hospital – site of the world’s first human heart transplant
• The University of Cape Town – South Africa’s oldest university
• Rondebosch Common
• The Red Cross Children’s Hospital
• The South African Astronomical Observatory founded in 1820
• The Salt River Market
• The V&A Waterfront
• The Green Point Lighthouse – South Africa’s oldest, dating back to 1824.
• The majestic Cape Town Stadium which hosted eight matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
• The Green Point Urban Park
The event is supported by the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, Western Cape Government: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, and Peninsula Beverages. The marathon itself is set to provide a wonderful opportunity for competitors to get involved in a big city event while encouraging a culture of healthy living and activity.
A special MyCiti shuttle service will also be in operation on race day to ferry runners between Stadium Station in Green Point and Thibault Square Station every 3 minutes between 05h15 and 06h15, with marshals at Thibault Square Station directing runners to the race start in Adderley Street.
Taj Cape Town offers stylish accommodation in Cape Town . Taj Cape Town, situated in the historic heart of Cape Town, boasts fine restaurants and is within walking distance of many cultural and historic attractions.