What’s the most exciting cultural thing in the Cape Town?
There’s so much culture here but one of the most touching and interesting things to see is the District Six Museum. The place tracks a community that began as a mixture of merchants, artisans, labourers, immigrants and former slaves, and was then torn to pieces by the government who declared it a ‘white’ area and forced over 60,000 people from their homes.
What’s the most exciting cultural thing in the Cape Town? Photo Gallery
• Is there anything that visitors are surprised by when it comes to culture in Cape Town? I’m not sure about surprised, but something that always delights visitors is Bo-Kaap. On the slopes of Signal Hill, not only does this place have some of the best views in the city, it is famous for its different brightly coloured houses and quaint cobbled streets.
• What’s the art scene like in the city? Thriving. Visit the country’s premier art museum, the South African National Gallery: with collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art and regularly changing showcases, there’s always something new to see. Whatiftheworld is an up and coming spot showcasing contemporary African installations, drawings, sculpture and more.
• If readers only had 24 hours in the city, what would you recommend they do or see for a culture fix? As well as enjoying Cape Town’s great food and drinks, be sure to visit the Castle of Good Hope – this place has been the centre of Capetonian life since 1666. Also check what’s showing at Theatre on the Bay at Camps Bay.
Intimate and charming, you can catch a great mix of local and international performances as well as tuck into delicious eats at the Act Theatre Café. For something a bit more sobering, The Iziko Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in the city and offers an essential look at the origins of South Africa, the country’s history of slavery and its impact on South African culture.
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