Last week, Cape Town launched a busking and seasonal event programme to support the city’s Central City Improvement District (CCID). It will run until the 20th of December, reinvigorating the economy of downtown Cape Town.
In addition to busking acts, visitors can expect pop-up performances. Each performance includes: hip-hop dancing, a five-piece marimba band, guitarists, singers and beatbox performers.
With four acts a day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon between 12h00 and 14h00, the program will take place in different locations. Some of these locations include: Thibault Square, the corner of St Georges Mall and Waterkant Street, the corner of St Georges Mall and Castle Street and in Government Avenue at the Arch for Arch.
Adding to the lively performances, Dry Lemon Entertainment and The Waterfront Theatre School will take place. Acts will be rotated to keep performances fresh.
While the CCID’s Busking Programme ends next week, the City of Cape Town is planning a night-time busking programme to entertain visitors to the CBD from 16 December to 8 January 2021.
Talented young buskers can hone their skills throughout December and. January. Tasso Evangelinos commented that the pandemic “wrought havoc on the CBD economy as a result the footfall into CBD has dropped.” The new programme invites people, workers, business owners and tourists to rediscover what they’ve been missing.
Co-coordinator of the programme, Terri Carter said the performance was an opportunity for buskers to generate income and get experience.
Join the Circus Zip Zap style, 11 – 20 December 2020
If you miss them on the 9th, the acclaimed Zip Zap Circus is back after many months of being closed during the lockdown. Its new show, “A Circus Picnic”, takes to the stage between 11 and 20 December in the professional performing company’s own Dome. Pack your cushions, picnic blankets and low-lying chairs for a show like no other.
Tickets cost between R90 and R120 per person and doors open at 17h30.
The show starts at19h00 and ends by 21h00. https://www.quicket.co.za/organisers/2569-zip-zap-circus/.
City of Cape Town Busking Programme, 16 – 8 January 2021
The City of Cape Town will roll out a night-time busking programme from 16 December to 8 January with a variety of performers entertaining visitors to the CBD from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 16h00 to 21h00.
The venues are Greenmarket Square, and the corners of Bree & Shortmarket streets, Strand & Bree streets and Bree & Buiten streets.
Ride with Rookycles
On Thursday nights, join a night cycle with Rook Cycles. The 20 to 25 km route – which changes every week – is suitable for all fitness levels. Cyclists can use their own bike or rent one for the evening for R100. Riders meet at the Rook shop at 295 Long Street at 18h30 and leave at 19h00 for a unique view of the city.
For information visit the Rook website or follow them on @rookcycles or www.facebook.com/rookcycles.
Gin-gin at Station on Bree
Looking for another good reason to visit the City on a Thursday? The London-inspired Station on Bree has introduced a range of live entertainment for all to enjoy, along with delicious pub grub-style food and drinks. With many gin varieties on offer, including Black Rose, Hope Gin and Juniper Moon, patrons won’t go thirsty. Pop in for a single shot or stay the evening and make it a double.
Visit https://thestation.capetown/ for more information.
‘Big Sister’ at Gate 69, a premier cabaret theatre
The Trolley Dollies will lift your spirits with their humour after spending lockdown in self-imposed silence. Book your spot and let your hair down at Gate 69. For more information, contact www.gate69.co.za.
Cape Town Opera Chorus Spirituals Concert: 14th – 15th January 2021
Opera lovers will be wowed by this special event that takes place at The Groote Kerk in January. After sell-out performances both locally and across Europe, this renowned chorus is a new programme of African and American spirituals.
Doors open at 18h15.
Tickets are available at Quicket.
Visit Central City Website
For more events and information on what to do in the Central City, visit the CCID’s website at www.capetownccid.org or follow on Facebook.com/CapeTownCCID.
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