Cape Town Diary - March 2011

Oude Libertas Summer Season Concerts

When: 4 Feb 2011 to 13 Mar 2011

Where: Oude Libertas Open-Air Theatre, Stellenbosch

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Set among tall, rustling trees, the famous open-air Oude Libertas Amphitheatre this year hosts a top line-up of performers in a variety of presentations.

Come and experience some of the best South African and international productions during the summer seasons.

Community Chest Carnival

When: Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00pm - March 5 at 11:00pm

Where: Maynardville Park, Wynberg

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The annual Community Chest Carnival, raising funds for some 400 social welfare organisations, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

It began as a theatrical garden party in 1954 and over the past six decades has evolved into a pageant of international food, local entertainment and family fun, which attracts more than 100 000 people over four days.

Big Blues Music Festival

When: Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00pm - March 5 at 11:00pm

Where: Maynardville Park, Wynberg

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The BIG BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL will not only host 16 of SA's Top Blues Musicians, but also the attempt of local businessman, Mr Jacques Holtman, to smash the World Braai Record!

During the festival you can also enjoy a Wine Fair representing wines and other products from the Boland as well as a variety of family-friendly activities.

Hout Bay Sandcastle Competition

When: Saturday March 5

Where: Hout Bay beach

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Grab your buckets and spades and head to Hout Bay beach for an action-packed morning filled with sunshine, sandcastles, magicians, face-painting, jumping castles and delicious eats and drinks.

Register on the day on the Chapman’s Peak side of Hout Bay beach at 8.30am. Fantastic prizes are awarded to winners in each category as selected by celebrity judges.

Woordfees 2011

When: 4 - 13 Maart 2011

Where: Stellenbosch

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In 2011 speel die Woordfeestema, Elwe en selwe, ligweg met die jaartal, die nuwe Eenheid en met die bonatuurlike.

Selwe belig die unieke eienskappe wat van ons deelnemers spesiale persoonlikhede en sterre maak.

OmmiBerg "Round the Rock" Festival 2011

When: Saturday 12 March

Where: Paarl Wine Valley (14 Cellars)

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During the OmmiBerg "Round the Rock" festival 2011, Paarl winemakers will open doors to celebrate nature's offerings.

Visitors will be given a glimpse into working wineries; picking their own grapes, taking tractor rides, stomping grapes and seeing how a grape press works while the kids are entertained with a wealth of activities.

Cape Winelands Film Festival

When: 16 - 26 March 2011

Where: Stellenbosch

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The Cape Winelands Film Festival screens quality films that engage, inspire and deepen our common humanity. Many of the films are simply unavailable elsewhere or are not distributed in South Africa.

Festivities range from open air film screenings to educational talks on film, informal receptions with guest celebrities to over a dozen cooking demos, live entertainment, barrel tastings and fun for all ages.

The Cape Town Carnival 2011

When: 19th March 2011

Where: Long St, Cape Town

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Proceedings will start at 8.30pm and proceed down the "Carnival Corridor" in Long Street, through the purpose-built gateway that will be ablaze with colour, lights, lasers and dancers, welcoming all to the Carnival.

150 Harley-Davidsons will precede the event, heralding the grand entrance of nine spectacular floats and over 2 000 dancers in elaborate and colourful costumes.

Pulsating music from the floats will provide the rhythm for the dancers, and spotlights, big screens and giant puppets will add to the magical atmosphere.

Kday 2011

When: 19th March 2011

Where: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl

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Santam and Kfm one of Cape Town's radio stations hosts the annual K-Day Music Festival.

With some of South Africa's best bands and solo artists this is a day out for the entire family. Enjoy the sounds of Prime Circle, Loyiso, Danny K and a host of other great South Africa acts which are still to be confirmed for 2011.

Bring your picnic basket, blanket and sunscreen and come and enjoy a relaxing day with your entire family. There will also be food and drinks stalls on the day as well.

Feast of the Grape 2011

When: Monday, 21 March 2011 (Human Rights Day)

Where: Durbanville Wine Valley

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The Durbanville Wine Valley celebrates "Feast of the Grape", signaling the end of the grape season and the beginning of autumn.

Delight your senses with wine, great food, fine music and other activities at any of the paricipating wineries.

Franschhoek Oesfees 2011

When: Saturday 26 March from 11am until 9pm

Where: Solms-Delta Wine Estate, Franschhoek

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The Franschhoek Valley celebrates the end of its wine harvest with the Franschhoek Oesfees 2011, the 4th annual wine, food and live music festival held in association with the ATKV.

Musicians include Radio Kalahari Orkes, Valiant Swart & Ollie Viljoen, Stef Bos and Tribal Echo with the ever-popular Hannes Coetzee (of Karoo Kitaar Blues "spoon-slide" fame) and new Cape dynamo Les Javan.

Food stalls provide authentic local Kaapse kos, like snoek & patats, askoek & jams, bobotie and waterblommetjie bredie.

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