Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: April 17, 2014


Decorex, South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, returns fresh on the heels of the Design Indaba and ready to leave its mark on the Mother City’s year of design, as Design Capital of the World in 2014.

The exhibition has become a well-known showcase on South Africa´s interior design landscape as well as an opportunity to discover emerging talent, top trends and leading brands at the forefront of Cape Town’s innovative drive.

Set to take place over the Freedom Day long weekend in April, the theme for this year’s exhibition is “design your life” with a core focus on the rise of individual style. Rather than following a particular trend, there is an understanding that the individual is the most important feature of the home and that furniture and finishes chosen should enhance their own lifestyle and reflect their style and personality. The exhibition invites visitors to explore their own creativity with pieces from designers all over the world who are translating this movement into objects and concepts that target the individual.

Highlights include the popular Craft Collective pavilion which focuses on quality, commercial sustainability and sophisticated crafted items. The Dion Wired interactive cooking, entertaining and lifestyle talks returns, as well as Colour Nation; the Plascon 2014 Colour Forecast. Topping the bill at Decorex Cape Town though is designer Greg Mellor in association with fabric house St Leger & Viney, who will design and curate the highly anticipated Decorex Designer Spotlight.

Decorex Cape Town is a must-visit for anyone with plans on the home décor and design front. Decorex Cape Town will delight and inspire visitors to create the lifestyle and living environment they desire. As one of the most comprehensive décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions in South Africa visitors can expect everything from fine home finishes to beautiful décor accessories, bathroom, appliance, garden and kitchen findings all under one roof.

The exhibition takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 25th and 28th April 2014. Tickets are R75 for adults, R65 for pensioners and students and R12 for children under 12 years old.

The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in the city centre. The Taj Cape Town, situated close to the CTICC, venue for the Design Indaba, and other Cape Town attractions, boasts fine restaurants and the exquisite Jiva Grande Spa.

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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: March 26, 2014


Top local musical artists are set to fill the streets of Cape Town with music as the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival kicks off on the 27th of March 2014.

The four day music festival will be taking place at an array of venues in the Cape Town CBD with an amazing line-up of top local talent. The festival itself aims to empower Cape Town performers by creating a platform for all new artists to express their talent. The goal is to encourage and foster the development of musicians as well as preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Mother City.

Taj Cape Town is especially excited to be a part of the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival hosting musicians at two of our exquisite venues:  The Twankey Bar and The Reserve at Taj Cape Town.

Twankey Bar Line-Up:

Casual yet elegant, The Twankey Bar is a wonderful mix of everything you would want in one place: Craft beer, the freshest Guinness in Cape Town and an all-day menu of tapas and homely dishes.

Thursday 27 March 2014


Emily Bruce (13:00-14:00)

Emily has roots in gospel, R&B, funk and soul and 13 years’ experience as a classic jazz singer.  

Alvin Dyers Trio (16:00-17:00)

Guitarist Alvin Dyers has a signature sound that blends elements of Latin, African and jazz.

Sweetnelfjord (19:00-20:00)

Swartznelfjord is collaboration between three of Cape Town’s funkiest, most skilled experimental musicians.

 Friday 28 March 2014



Gerald Clark Band (13:00-14:00)

Gerald Clark’s album ‘Sweepslag’ was nominated as the best Afrikaans Alternative Music Album at the 2009 SAMA awards.

Jeremy Olivier (16:00-17:00)

Jeremy has performed with some great international artists, such as George Benson, Katherine Jenkins,  Jonathan Butler and more recently Daniel Bedingfield. 

Kevin Floyd Band (19:00-20:00)

The Kevin Floyd Band was formed two years ago and brought a fresh sound to the Cape Town music scene.

Saturday 29 March 2014



Keenan Ahrends (13:00-14:00 and 16:00-17:00)

Keenan Ahrends is a Cape Town based jazz guitarist who studied jazz performance at the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Nick Turner Band (19:00-21:00)

Nick Turner brings a fresh blend of traditional African, ghoema and reggae inspired beats made for a uniquely South African experience.

Sunday 30 March 2014

Byron Abrahams duo (13:00-14:00)

Bryon Abrahams band, District Six, fuses African folk themes with European influences.

Dan Shout Quartet (14:00-15:00)

Dan Shout is a respected, sought-after jazz musician based in Cape Town who is most renowned for his jazz-fusion project SHOUT.

The Reserve at Taj Cape Town Line-up:

Situated in the restored Art Deco masterpiece that is the old ABC Building, The Reserve at Taj Cape  is the premier banqueting and events venue in the Mother City, providing a lavishly appointed events space for up to 400 guests.

Thursday 27 March 2014


Jeremy Douglas (17:00-18:00)

Jeremy Douglas draws from a mixture of 80′s productions coupled with blues and folk instruments.

Sui Generis (18:00-19:00)

Sui Generis specialises in all genres from Classical, Classical cross-over, Straight Ahead, Dixie, Hard Bop, Swing, Blues, Latin, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk, African and South African.

The Rudimentals (20:30-21:30)

The Rudimentals thrive on defying compartmentalisation into a particular musical genre and are really proud that their brand of music carries the unique South African label.  

Grassy Spark (21:30-22:30)

Grassy Spark fuses elements of reggae, ska, rock, Latin, old-school R&B and more, creating a modern and refreshing, foot-stomping, spine-jiggling sound.

Friday 28 March 2014


Saudiq Khan (17:00-18:00)

Saudiq Khan is one of the only solo concert flamenco guitarists in South Africa who collaborates with other guitar genres and performs with top players.

Sterling EQ (18:00-19:00)

Sterling EQ brings together in a breathtaking showcase of stylistic fusion and the four-piece supergroup has performed at South Africa’s most coveted events.

Al Bairre (20:30-21:30)

The Al Bairre band is a Cape Town based five-piece classic indie pop band, which combines cello, violins, guitars, keyboard, ukulele and drums.  

Beatenberg (21:30-22:30)

Beatenberg is a new band in pop music from South Africa whose members all studied music at the University of Cape Town.

For more information, please visit

Tickets to the Sounds Fringe Cape Town Festival are available via Computicket.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and hosts a number of fine dining events in its highly acclaimed restaurants and venues. Email the restaurants reservations team at book a fine dining experience at one of our venues or call us at 021 819 2000.

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