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Cape Town's International Convention Centre shines as a particularly strong venue for a wide range of events. From bridal expos, fabric festivals, business conventions, medical conferences, book fairs, World Economic Forums, the CTICC handles it all with ease. The facility houses a 10,000 square meter exhibition hall, two auditoriums that can seat over 2,000 people, 4 meeting rooms, 13 meeting suites and an exceptionally large kitchen facility, just to name a few. Check the center's website for further details.
The city's showpiece theater (formerly known as the Nico Malan Theatre), Artscape was officially opened in May 1971, and became the home of the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB). It has staged numerous opera, ballet, drama and music productions since, but has also been the scene for fashion shows, charity balls, art exhibitions and trade fairs. It offers a busy performance schedule with entertainment provided most Tuesday's to Saturday's.
Built in 1905 in the Italian Renaissance style and situated in Darling Street, lies the magnificent Cape Town City Hall. Its 39 bells, the largest carillon in Southern Africa, ring out from the 61 meter high tower on special occasions, giving it the reputation of being a mini replica of London's Big Ben. The organ, with its 3165 pipes, is the pride of the Grand Hall. Sir George Martin, who constructed the organ at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, is responsible for its design. The City Hall today is home to the Cape Town Municipal Library.
Originally a tram shed, then a converted into a cinema, this Camp's Bay venue is today a stage for anything from farces and dramas to light comedies. South Africa's best and most recognized actors perform here regularly in local versions of internationally known productions. There is a cosy bar and a good restaurant. Theatre On the Bay is wheelchair-friendly, but do call to make prior arrangements. Check website for schedule details.
The Baxter was established in 1960 when the University of Cape Town inherited money to establish a theater to develop arts in Cape Town and adjacent districts. The main theater has staged local and international productions, musicals and dance. The Concert Hall, is perfect for both serious productions and experimental theater. A small studio can accommodate smaller events. The Sennheiser system provides for those with impaired hearing, and Medidrama gives free medical service to all patrons. Businessmen can host conferences and meetings at this venue.
One of the most stunning arenas in Cape Town, the Grand Arena at casino Grand West is where the city's biggest and most glamorous events take place. Brimming with stars, the place has had the who's who of the celebrity world pay a visit here. The season long list of entertainment here includes dance performances, concerts, theatricals, comedies and a whole lot more. Noted performances here include those by Counting Crows, Mary J Blidge and Jeff Dunham. Call ahead to know more.
The GrandWest is the sole casino in Cape Town, South Africa. It is also the biggest leisure destination of its type in the country. It operates the whole day, every day and all below one roof. Adults will surely enjoy the Las Vegas style Casino while the kids can enjoy the arcade games, the movies and the ice-skating. The GrandWest also houses a number a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs to cater to everyone’s desires.
Serving as Cape Town's biggest event venue, the Bellville Velodrome has been entertaining South Africans from the time it has opened doors. This grand velodrome is equipped with spectacular lights and special acoustic equipments that makes it ideal for concerts, gigs and live performances. International superstars like Avril Lavigne, 50 Cent, Sting and several others have given their best shot at the Bellville Velodrome. Besides concerts, the venue also hosted World Wrestling Championships as well as the World Cycling Federation Championships in the past. The Bellville Velodrome is furnished with a seating capacity of 10,200 which is full to its capacity during major events. Call for more details.
The Barnyard Theater which is located within the premises of the very popular shopping center Willowbridge, is one of the most recognized theaters in Cape Town. This dinner theater does not limit itself to plays and dramas but has other events such as music festivals, rock shows, revues and more. The theater serves drinks and if required one can get their own supper to the theater, from one of the restaurants in the center. A lovely place to get an insight into what the South African culture is all about. To learn more about upcoming events, do visit their website.
On Main Road in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, you will find the Kalk Bay Theatre. It is an intimate and quaint performing arts theatre with a capacity of 79 seats. It also houses a restaurant that serves scrumptious food in a cozy setting You can drop by or make a reservation if you are looking to grab dinner, drinks or even coffee and then enjoy a entertaining show after.