Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,History,Hotel | on: April 13, 2017

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Get a Slice of History at Museum Night in Cape Town

Museum Night in Cape Town is the perfect time to explore the city at night. On Thursday the 20th of April 2017 a variety of Cape Town’s museums will be open from 5 pm until 10 pm for the third annual Museum Night. First Thursdays have collaborated with Iziko Museums to give you the chance to explore the Company’s Garden cultural centres and view exhibitions, shows and performances. With free museum entry, locals and visitors alike are in for an after-hours treat.

Participating Museums

Nine museums will be open and ready to give you an enlightening cultural experience. These are just some of them:

Iziko South African National Gallery

One of South Africa’s most epic art museums, the South African National Gallery houses a range of British, African, South African, Dutch, French and Flemish art. While this gallery continually hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions, it also displays exhibits from their permanent collection. Visitors will view a range of different artistic mediums from paintings and sculpture to beadwork and architecture.

SA Jewish Museum

Not to be mistaken for the Holocaust Centre, this museum was opened in 2000 by Nelson Mandela and Helen Suzman. Founded by philanthropist Mendel Kaplan, this museum is located in South Africa’s synagogue which was built way back in 1863. Watch audio-visual presentations, interactive displays and personal accounts of South African Jewish history.

District Six Museum

Since 1994 the District Six Museum has highlighted the painful struggle people of colour endured during apartheid. Housing a collection of artefacts, historical pieces and visual imagery, this museum shares the heartbreaking experiences of people who were forcibly removed from their homes during the apartheid era.

Iziko South African Museum

Founded in 1825, this museum is, in fact, the country’s oldest. Over the last 192 years, over 1.5 million specimens have been collected to form the museum’s displays. The public is able to see stone tools, ancient fossils meteorite samples and various animal and marine displays. One of the most impressive displays is that of the 20.5-meter blue whale skeleton.

Iziko Slave Lodge

Over the lifespan of this building, it has been referred to as the Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, the Old Supreme Court and the South African Cultural History Museum. As one of the mother city’s oldest buildings, this is a place where human rights awareness and the history of slavery can be explored.

A Slice of History in Taj Cape Town’s Twankey Bar

Once you have explored every creative, cultural and educational corner of the galleries participating in Museum Night, the best way to unwind is with an artisanal cocktail at the Twankey Bar. Just one of Taj’s exquisite gourmet offerings, The Twankey Bar is situated on the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets just 500 meters away from the Company’s Garden.

A piece of history can be seen above the entrance to the door to the bar in the form of a sculpture of a shepherdess. It was commissioned in 1894 by the Board of Executor’s architect.  The sculpture was not well received by the townsfolk who felt the subject matter was both ridiculous and a waste of money. The shepherdess was thus nicknamed “Widow Twankey” after a then famous pantomime dame. Widow Twankey was first written about in 1861 and her character ran a Chinese laundry in Peking, China. She was a pantomime dame i.e. she was always played by a man and the name has stuck to this day.

For those who are excited to spend more than an evening in the city of Cape Town, Taj Cape Town is the luxury accommodation which eagerly awaits your arrival. Guests and visitors alike can both indulge in more of Taj’s gourmet offerings at Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill. To make a booking, email bc.capetown@tajhotels.com or phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000. To book accommodation contact: res.capetown@tajhotels.com, or call +27 21 819 2000.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,Events,History,Hotel | on: March 16, 2017

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Don’t Miss the Cape Town Carnival 2017

The Cape Town Carnival has grown to become a seminal event in the calendar of both Capetonians and tourists alike. This annual street parade is a celebration of Cape Town’s diversity and highlights the cultural melting pot that has welcomed people from different backgrounds for as long as this outpost has existed. Each year Green Point’s Fan Walk is filled with thousands of people joining the parade, watching as floats, musicians and performers pass by. You don’t want to miss the Cape Town Carnival!

When and Where is the Cape Town Carnival?

The 2017 Cape Town Carnival takes place on Saturday the 18th of March; it starts at 7pm and carries on until 1am. The procession starts at the top of Somerset Road in Green Point and ends where Somerset and York intersect. The Cape Town Carnival street party starts at 9:45pm and party goers can catch Oshri, Dj Fresh and Euphonik.

Do I Need to Buy a Ticket for the Cape Town Carnival?

General access is free but if you would like to take a load off and watch the procession from the comfort of a viewing stand you can buy a ticket for a mere R300. Those who would prefer a more exclusive experience, VIP tickets cost R1 300 and guarantee you a raised viewing platform, finger foods, a bar and a private DJ.

Everything is Better With a Theme

This year the carnival’s theme is “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey” a celebration of all things ocean related set to the backdrop of two mighty oceans – the Indian and the Atlantic – clashing in the middle of our very own Cape Town adventure.

The sunny seaside community of Cape Town is steeped in history bubbling with turbulence, adventure, treasure, exploration and magnificent wildlife. With so much inspiration to be drawn from this theme, the parade is set to be absolutely awe inspiring. Onlookers can enjoy the sight of over 2 000 performers and musicians as the Ocean Odyssey procession goes by.

The Carnival Amenities

There’s no need to worry about access to food, water, beverages and toilets. The Cape Town Carnival organisers have ensured that your every need will be met at several points along the Green Point Fan Walk. In addition carnival goers will have the support of medics and a lost and found station in the event of an emergency.

The Cape Town Carnival procession start is a mere five to seven minute drive away from Taj Cape Town, which makes it the perfect hotel to book into for the weekend.  With stunning views of Table Mountain or the city centre, Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in the vibrant heart of the Mother City and with so much to do and see, where better to begin your exploration of this historic and trendy city. To book accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 

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