ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN IN CAPE TOWN

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The history of Cape Town is long and legendary, it consists of the dark and bright facts which lend to an artistic and cultural scene of creativity.

The most important and well-known art attraction in Cape Town is the Labia Theatre with its dinner special running. It is known to be the oldest cinema in South Africa which is located in the old Italian Embassy ballroom. Since 1974 it offers art-house movies and it hosts to different film festivals.

The most famous cultural event in the city is the second New Year or Tweede Nuwe Jaar which goes deeply into the history of slaves in Cape Town. Capetonian slaves had only one day off during the year, so they had an opportunity to celebrate the holiday. Local people celebrate it brightly on the 2nd of January every year marching through the city, making competitions and battles.

Talking about the largest museum in South Africa it’s the Zeitz MOCAA museum. It showcases the art of Africa and its diaspora. There are 6000 sq-meters of exhibition space with 9 floors of masterpieces. It was opened in 2017 and nowadays offers a dazzling survey of art from the entire continent.

Cape Town also is known to be the city of design. If you would like to enjoy drinking a cup of the best java you just need to go to the Truth Coffee Company which is situated in Buitenkant Street. Designed as a retro place it gathers many of Capetonians together.

If you’re a collector you definitely need to visit the long street Antique Arcade. Here you will have an opportunity to visit more than 10 antique stores of clothes, furniture, jewelry and so on.

HAAS is not only a great place for creative thinkers, but also is a place of demonstration of the art, craft, and design. It’s a coffee shop and an art gallery designed with electric furniture, unique ornaments, extraordinary paintings and artworks of the local artists.

Being in Cape Town you will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy visiting different art galleries as Ebony with its contemporary furniture, Youngblood Gallery which hosts arts of the emerging artists, the Goodman gallery which showcases the art with an emphasis on the dialogue with the African context.

There are also a lot of different art and design events in Cape Town. Every first Thursday of every month dozens of art galleries have a late night. The entrance is free for everyone who is ready to admire the world of art of South Africa without having a scheduled plan to follow.

If you are interested in fashion, graphic, industrial design, architecture, craft and fine art don’t hesitate to visit Design Indaba event. It goes every February at the Cape Town International Convention Center.

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