The month of March is truly a magical month in the beautiful city of Cape Town. The weather is still warm, energy levels are still high and tourists are still flocking to our shores. The spotlight, however, will fall on three of the Mother City’s most exciting annual events: The Design Indaba Expo, Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. If you’re not lucky enough to call Cape Town home then March is definitely the month to come and visit. Pack your bags, find somewhere to stay, arrange that all important Cape Town car hire and you’ll be ready to go. Take a closer look at what’s in store.
The Design Indaba Expo
Since its inception in 2004, the Design Indaba Expo has provided a space where creative minds can come together. Held annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the expo showcases the best in homegrown talent across many spheres, from jewellery and fashion, to décor, advertising, décor and graphic design. It is the perfect opportunity for designers and creative businesses to show their products and wares to the public, very often giving those lesser known some much needed exposure.
The Design Indaba Expo has evolved into a very popular yearly event welcoming up to 35 000 people through its doors. It is the biggest curated design event in the Southern Hemisphere which is a truly excellent feat. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the expo and whether you’re exhibiting or just browsing, you’re guaranteed an enjoyable time.
This year’s Design Indaba was a huge success, as always, seeing some of the industry’s most creative people coming together and delivering exciting and innovative stuff to the public. The energy was palpable at the CTICC over the weekend but if you didn’t manage to pop by this year, there’s always 2015.
Dates: Friday 28 February – Sunday 2 March 2014
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
One of the most well-known and well attended sporting events in South Africa, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour sees upwards of 30 000 cyclists coming together in a race around the gorgeous Cape Peninsula. In 2014, competitors will cover a distance of 109km beginning in the city centre and ending near the Green Point Stadium.
Both local and international cyclists of varying levels compete each year, and the tour has drawn the likes of cycling legends Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. Taking part in the race is a challenge many choose to take on but others prefer to stand on the sidelines cheering on the riders, and perhaps even their own friends and family. Road closures on race day can prove to be rather frustrating for locals but it’s expected on the second Sunday of March every year, and after all, it’s in the name of sport and fun.
Date: Sunday 9 March 2014
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
This year the Cape Town International Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th birthday and is sure to deliver quality live jazz performances as has come to be expected. The festival has grown hugely since its birth in 2000, growing from 14 000 in attendance to 34 000 and it has earned the title of being the most prestigious event on the African continent.
More than 40 international and local artists will grace five stages at the CTICC bringing world class music to fans from all over the world. It is truly a phenomenal experience and one that thrills jazz lovers year after year. This year is sure to be no different so get your tickets now.
Date: Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March 2014
Venue: CTICC. R490 for a day pass (other tickets initially available are now sold out)
March is as good a time as any to plan a visit to the mother of all cities and if you live here already, you should start planning your month while there’s still time. March madness is upon us.
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