Special Events taking place around Cape Town

Fez Club Part of Global Party

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2011 The Global Party will bring together 80,000+ of the world’s most influential guests, premium brands and 80+ luxury venues from across 73 cities and 42 countries.

Explore the Cape Country Meander

The Cape Country Meander is a new tourism route that encompasses eight towns and their outlying regions in the Theewaterskloof municipality – just over Sir Lowry’s Pass and beyond.

Classic Films at The Fugard

The Fugard Theatre is proud to present a week of Classic Fugard Films in celebration and recognition of Athol Fugard receiving a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to theatre.

Jonathan Chan

Last Night of the Proms 2011

Normally “Last Night of the Proms” serves as a launching pad for a bright new star but this year the line-up boasts an international star, Jonathan Chan, born in Vancouver in June 1990.

Alan Committie

46th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

Taking place at Artscape, the prestigious awards ceremony once again boasts a stunning entertainment line-up with Alan Committee as MC and television personality Charlene Truter as co-host.

Southern Ink Xposure Set for Jan 2011

Southern Ink Xposure, the biggest tattoo event in the southern hemisphere again gets ready to colour Cape Town in January 2011!

Bride and Groom

Canal Walk’s Bridal Fair is all about your dream day and helping you create the perfect fairy tale wedding!

Classical music performance

New Year's Eve at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Celebrate the last evening of 2010 in style. Oude Libertas Amphitheatre presents a New Years Concert with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Cock.

Cape Town Festival to Create World's Longest Koek Suster

Spattering oil and the irresistible sweet aroma of traditional Cape delicacy, the koe(k)suster, will be the order of the day in the Company's Gardens.

On Sunday 21 March 2004 the South African Chefs Association and local koe(k)suster "tannies" and "tieties" combine their gastronomic talents to construct the World's Longest Koe(k)suster - all 30 metres of it! So now the question remains - is it a koeksuster or is it a koe'sieste?

A refreshing addition to this year's Cape Town Festival, the event is set to take place down Government Avenue from 10a.m. onwards, culminating in a ceremonial cut-and-distribute ceremony at 5p.m.  Shelters for homeless children are currently being shortlisted as potential beneficiaries of this event. And on closer inspection, it seems that our humble koe(k)suster is deserving of the fuss.

The koe(k)suster's diverse tales of origin will be given a voice through combining the more conventional mass produced-style koe(k)suster with closely guarded traditional family recipes. These two koe(k)suster styles will meet halfway in a symbolic joining and eating of the pastry.

The brainchild of Cape Town Festival CEO, Yusuf Ganief, he is quoted as saying that this cultural cross-over goes "beyond the fun and frivolous and makes a statement about the core philosophy of the Cape Town Festival.

"As a unique expression of cultural cuisine," Ganief explains, "the koe(k)suster event effectively symbolizes the essence of what the Festival is trying to achieve in terms of depicting both our uniquely different qualities and our inter-dependence as communities."

Ganief goes on to explain that the koe(k)suster resides both within the Afrikaans and Muslim community as a tradition that is passed on from generation to generation - and, as such, celebrates those things within the city's different cultures that hold us together and create synergy and also signify our cultural uniqueness.

Festival organizers had hoped to arouse the interest of the Guiness Book of World Records - instead organisers were met with a refusal letter on the grounds that a koe(k)suster is unknown to other nationalities, and would therefore not arouse global interest.
"Undaunted, we're pressing ahead!" quips Ganief.

On the logistics front, organiser Beryl Eichenberger and her team are working around the clock to ensure that the event pulls off without a hitch.

Overseen by a vigilant "inspector", a tape measure will be at hand to verify the length of the thirty 1.8 metre tables, each covered with cloths, cling wrap and umbrellas to keep the drying sun's rays at bay from the pre-prepared 1-metre dough strips.

It is clear that the Company's Garden will be the place to be on 21 March - with the additional presence of celebrated Capetonian actors, comedians and top local musicians. Capetonians and visitors alike look set to flock into the Mother City to view this extraordinary culinary creation.