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The ocean is certainly an apt metaphor for our anxious age

Stephen Inngs, Backline 2018

Barnard Gallery presents Shoreline, two solo exhibitions of new photographic and video work by Stephen Inggs and Vanessa Cowling.

Sharing more than just a title, each of these shows responds to the current resurgence of interest in the unstable relations between sea and land, and the social tides such environmental boundaries implicate. For both Cowling and Inggs, these are strange seas for strange times.

The ocean is certainly an apt metaphor for our anxious age.

The Shark Spotters Programme

Keeping Cape Town’s swimmers safe
Polarised sunglasses and binoculars could save you from sharks in Cape Town, reports Sarah Wild in Business Insider SA.
  • The Shark Spotters programme warns people when sharks are in the water and stops them from getting bitten.
  • Cape Town has the largest concentration of white sharks on the doorstep of a major city anywhere, but these creatures are vital for the ocean ecosystem.
  • Shark activity peaks during the day, and during spring and summer — when people want to b

‘Rise Up’ and fly at Africa’s biggest kite festival

24th Cape Town International Kite Festival – 27 & 28 Oct 2018

The 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg is Africa’s biggest kite festival and sees kiters from around the world flying incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation.

Big Issue Fundraising Concert & Blanket Drive

Andre Combrink and Louise Howlett

Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Big Issue Winter Warmer Fundraising Concert and blanket drive.

The Big Issue concert features the Cape Town Male Voice Choir with guest soprano Louise Howlett and pianist Andre Combrink.

SANParks 13th annual free access week

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be hosting its 13th annual free access week from 10-14 September 2018. 

This gives South African day visitors the opportunity to gain free access to most of the 21 national parks. It encourages locals to explore parks closest to them and enjoy the facilities without having to pay.

Cape Town proves its a water-smart destination!

A water-smart destination!

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business, with our beautiful, world-class experiences waiting for visitors from around the world to enjoy.

With several months left in the winter rainfall calendar, it is now clear that Cape Town will continue to have enough water for its residents and visitors. Travellers are invited to come and enjoy, but still be mindful of water-wise tourism during their stay and continue to treat water as a precious resource.

Janko de Beer statue boosts Century City Art Trail

The Century City Art Trail has been boosted by the addition of a Janko de Beer bronze sculpture of a horse’s head. 

The stunning statue, entitled Sanctified, forms part of Janko’s Equus horse theme series which is based on the mythical relationship between humans and horses.

Streetwires New Location in Woodstock

Streetwires, 354 Albert Rd, Woodstock

Streetwires Artist Collective opened in 2000 and has recently moved to a new location in Woodstock, a creative hub with many secret spots to explore.

As a social enterprise, they have hired over 40 previously unemployed artists and given them meaningful work, uplifting the spirits of the artists and viewers alike.

Cape Town libraries and community centres Holiday Programmes

Cape Town is throwing open the doors to libraries and local community centres to keep children occupied during their winter break with a creative Holiday Programme to keep the blues at bay.

  • The Recreation and Parks Department has a diverse range of both indoor and outdoor activities on offer at its hubs – from board games and sport, to dancing and face-painting.
  • The usual selection of books and audio-visual materials on offer at Cape Town libraries, children can enjoy puppet shows, arts and crafts and talent shows.

Dam levels rising, but too early to let up on water savings

It is too soon to know what supply level is needed in order to safely navigate the summer of 2019. It is therefore critical that we continue to keep our consumption low. 

As at Monday 18 June 2018, Cape Town’s collective water usage over the past week was 520 million litres of water per day. Dam levels have again increased solidly by 6,3% to a total of 38,1% of storage capacity.
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