WHAT’S ON IN CAPE TOWN
 

There is so much going on around Cape Town it would be impossible to see it all, taste it all, visit it all, experience it all. Our Activity Groups cover a fair amount of ground but there is still so much happening in and around Cape Town that we couldn’t possibly get to with formal group bookings.

This section will share with you some of the events and happenings in and around Cape Town that might appeal to you. If you like the sound of an event, grab a friend at the club or better still, invite somebody you only just met. The IWC is first and foremost a friendship club – so get out there and make friends!

Know of something you would like to share or an event you think other members of IWC would like? Please send details to Wendy on wkcoetzee@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

 
 

Mary Visser at WORLDART Gallery

 
Venue: Worldart Gallery, 54 Church St, CBD, Cape Town
Time: Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 1pm
Cost: Free entry
5 to 26 July 2018
 
WORLDART presents Prelude, a new solo exhibition by Mary Visser, showcasing her new body of work, reflecting on her interest in city spaces, objects and signs.
 
Visser is a South African artist who paints abstracted landscapes whose creative process consists of her taking long drives and walks through the city, where she sketches and takes notes. She then reworks all of this into abstract collages. The artworks are an exploration of the everyday mundane, which Visser transforms into contemplative paintings. The paintings are process works; each of her paintings are a conversation between marks; a kind of story-telling that exposes the mistakes that are part of the art-making process.
 
Prelude opens on 5 July, on First Thursdays.
 
 

The Producers @ Masque Theatre

 
4 to 21 July 2018
 
Masque Theatre showcases The Producers, a hilarious and award-winning musical comedy. Based on the 1968 film, Mel Brooks’s musical The Producers is a laugh-out-loud, outrageous and crowd-pleasing farce set in the post-war 50`s. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock is desperate to get to the top of his profession again and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway but too bad for Bialystock & Bloom that, against all odds, the show is a total hit!
 
With dozens of big and bit parts alike, no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop.
 
 

Ihlombe! SA Choral Festival: Mandela at 100

 
18 July 2018
 
The 10th annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival honours the 100th anniversary of the birth of icon Nelson Mandela.
 
This event in the Mandela at 100: Hope, Freedom & Unity celebration features individual performances from all participating ensembles, as well as two world premieres commissioned by Classical Movements’ own Eric Daniel Helms New Music Programme for the entire 2018 Ihlombe! mass choir, conducted by renowned Sidumo Nyamazele.
 
The programme features Paige F. Mathis (Atlanta Young Singers), Phumelele Tsewu (iGugu le Kapa Chamber Choir), Lizl Gaffley (Kensington Chorale Girls Choir), Bruce Rogers (Mt. San Antonio College Choir), Kris Mason (Seattle Children’s Chorus), Dr. Holley Hood-Mincey (Singing Sensations Youth Choir) and Phil Robinson (South African Youth Choir).
 
 

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

 
6 to 15 July 2018
 
The annual Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) is back for ten days of classical music concerts.
 
SICMF aims to provide talented young South African musicians with the opportunity to study, perform and be inspired by chamber music and orchestral playing at an internationally recognised and professional standard. This festival facilitates the growth of young musicians and creates opportunities for them to further their music studies, thereby contributing significantly to the country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
 
“This festival should be on every classical music lover’s yearly calendar.” Read Gareth Harvey’s review of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.
 
 

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

 
14 to 15 July 2018
 
The Franschhoek Wine Valley once again hosts the annual Bastille Festival, where locals and visitors celebrate the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
 
The Food and Wine Marquee is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, where guests sample the valley’s wines on offer or have a taste of the gourmet fare available to purchase from some of Franschhoek’s well-known eateries.
 
Also available at the event: a quirky caricature artist who captures guests’ Bastille experience, the popular Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition and a children’s area. U18s must be accompanied by an adult.
 
 

Cion: Requiem of Ravel`s Bolero

 
6 to 8 July 2018
 
Internationally celebrated choreographer, dancer, social entrepreneur and recipient of French Government`s Chevalier de L`ordre des Arts et Lettre (Knight of the Arts and Literature award) Gregory Maqoma brings Zakes Mda`s mourner Toloki, to life on stage in the dance piece Cion: Requiem of Ravel`s Bolero.
 
In this dance production, Maqoma draws inspiration from the multifaceted character of Toloki, whom is embodied in a solo before he is joined on stage by eight gifted dancers from the Vuyani stable. The character uses this as a palette to confront fear, existing and religion.
 
 

Giselle – Cape Town City Ballet

 
6 to 15 July 2018
 
The Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) presents Giselle, a popular classical ballet portraying the tragic tale of a young girl who loses her mind when jilted by her fickle lover. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies at all but one performance.
 
CTCB continues to build on its collaboration, fostered over several decades, with companies in the UK, Europe and the USA, with the appearance of one of Europe’s top ballerinas, Ksenia Ovsyanick, from the Berlin State Ballet, at two performances. She is partnered by the CTCB’s own Senior Principal Dancer, Daniel Szybkowski. Other cast members that take up the leading roles are Laura Bosenberg also with Daniel Szybkowski, Kirstel Paterson with Conrad Nusser, and Mariette Opperman with Xola Putye. The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle, whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil spirits called Wilis, female spirits who, jilted before their wedding day, rise from their graves at night and seek revenge upon men by dancing them to death.
 
“Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle combines and executes all that is required for a ballet performance: romance, tragedy, superb technique and visual stimulation that is both authentic and enchanting.” Read Kristan Wood’s review of Giselle.




 
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Constantia 7848
Cape Town
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Wendy Coetzee
(083) 285-5933
 
 
 
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