5 amazing things to do in Cape Town this weekend

National Youth Orchestra Mandela Day Cape Town Concert Series

The National Youth Orchestra, our symphonic green-and-gold national team, is performing in Cape Town this weekend, as part of their Mandela Day concert series.

Their programme includes Mahler’s glorious Fifth Symphony and Benjamin Britten’s seldom-heard Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, written when the composer was just eighteen.

The orchestra will be conducted by the sensational Ewa Strusiñska, a finalist and laureate at the prestigious Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition, and principal conductor and music director of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland.

Where: Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow
When: Saturday 7pm
Cost: Tickets range from R100 to R120 each – available from Tixsa

For more info: Visit www.sanyo.org.za

The Tarantula Show

The Tarantula Show, hosted by SAN Parks’ Wild Magazine and Cape Union Mart, will have children of all ages wowed, as Norman Larsen, a professional Tarantula Handler speaks to the children about Tarantulas, and then let’s some of them even feel one walking up their arms.

Where: Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre at Canal Walk
When: Saturday, with the Tarantula Show at 10am, and the climbing wall opening at 11am
Cost: Free

For more info: Visit www.wildcard.co.za

The Inconvenience of Wings

Lara Foot’s latest production, The Inconvenience of Wings, has just returned from Grahamstown, where it received rave reviews, including a rave review from CapeTalk’s John Maytham.

The show stars award-winning actors Andrew Buckland, Mncedisi Shabangu and Jennifer Steyn – and is based on author Abraham J Twerski’s book Addictive Thinking, which examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self particularly with regards to bipolar disorder.

Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch
When: Tuesday till Fridays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 2.30 and 5.30pm – until 13 August
Cost: R80 per ticket – from Computicket

For more info: Visit www. baxter.co.za

Dora’s Pirate Adventure

Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer stops in South Africa on its worldwide tour of the interactive stage performance, Dora’s Pirate Adventure, where Dora and her friends embark on a journey to Treasure Island.

This live concert tour integrates map-reading, counting, and musical and language skills to keep the little ones’ attention and empower them with communicative and puzzle-solving skills.

Where: The Grand Arena at Grand West, Vanguard Drive, Goodwood
When: Friday till Sunday
Cost: Tickets range from R185 to R325 – and are available from Computicket

For more info: Visit www . Nickelodeon Africa . com

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

The annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival is back – and now in its 23rd year.

As usual, this extremely popular festival presents a family day filled with activities for both children and adults, as well as wine tasting, and a range of gourmet and homemade foods on sale.

Where: Franschhoek Wine Valley, 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
When: Saturday and Sunday from midday till 5pm – Saturday, however, is sold out
Cost: R220 per person, per day – from webtickets

For more info: Visit www. Franschhoek.org.za

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