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Cape Town Culture Guide
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There are several cultural influences at work in Cape Town, which makes the city a predominantly interesting one for the arts. Like several other South African cities, Cape Town has tolerated a turbulent cultural ride over the past decade, as the cultural voice of the city has gradually made itself heard over the clamour of inequality and long standing prejudices. The large cultural organisations so reminiscent of the past have successfully expanded and everywhere small projects and artistic developments pop up to thrill and entertain all manner of culture vultures, poetry readings, hilarious comedy acts, art exhibitions, large scale operas, and intimate theatre performance can all be found in numerous venues. Cape Town is growing daily as a culturally rich and varied city.

Cape Town’s 2 biggest contributions to South African culture have almost certainly been in the fine arts and in the unique Cape jazz style, epitomised by musicians like Basil ‘Manenberg’ Coetzee, Abdullah Ibrahim and Robbie Jansen.

The city’s 2 major cultural centres are:

The Baxter Theatre Centre
Address: Main Road, Rondebosch
Telephone: (021) 685 7880
Facsimile: (021) 689 1880
Website address: www.baxter.co.za

The Artscape Theatre Centre
Address: 1–10 DF Malan Street, Foreshore
Telephone: (021) 410 9800 or 421 7839
Facsimile: (021) 421 5448
Email address: artscape@artscape.co.za
Website address: www.artscape.co.za

All major cultural events can be booked through Computicket (telephone: (083) 915 8000, email address: info@computicket.com). Tickets for Artscape events are available through Artscape Dial-A-Seat (telephone: (021) 421 7695).

Listings information can be found in the Friday editions of the daily press, The Cape Times and Cape Argus. These are both subsidiaries of The Independent and listings also can be found online. The bi-monthly Cape Etc and monthly SA Citylife publications are brilliant sources of information and listings for Cape Town’s nightlife. The Mail & Guardian also has cultural listings for Cape Town.

Other websites with listings include www.capetowntoday.co.za, www.artthrob.co.za, and www.ananzi.co.za.

A good online events guide is www.capetownevents.co.za.