Can I let you in on a little secret? Every third Saturday of the month, magic invades the Cape Town Company’s Garden as artists, performers and praise singers come out to play. Your senses will be delighted by the sights and sounds of something straight from the pages of a storybook, as you are encouraged to look at your surroundings with new eyes. This is a Cape Town Partnership initiative known as City Walk Saturdays, or #CityWalkSaturdays for those of you on social media.
It usually starts at around 10am at selected locations along the City Walk – a storytelling route stretching from the Company’s Garden, St George’s Mall and along the Fan Walk to St Andrews’ Square. Meander around the Company’s Garden, stopping along the way to watch brightly painted artists acting out a mime, or other kinds of performance art.
While you can explore Cape Town using the City Walk route map, found near Tuynhuys any day of the week, you should keep an eye on the Cape Town Partnership site http://www.capetownpartnership.co.za/2016/03/lineup/ to see when you can join the next City Walk Saturdays. It is an easy walk that both young and old will enjoy and, while it finishes at around 2pm, you are free to join up and leave the walk whenever it suits you. Alternatively, make yourself comfortable and enjoy any one space should you prefer.
While you can explore Cape Town using the City Walk route map, found near Tuynhuis any day of the week, you should keep an eye on the Cape Town Partnership site to see when you can join the next City Walk Saturday. It is an easy walk that both young and old will enjoy and, while it finishes at around 2pm, you are free to join up and leave the walk whenever it suits you.
You may see dancers on stilts wearing spectacular costumes and dancing to powerful drumming next to the Paddocks area. This is where in March, the Jungle Theatre Company performed “Butterfly Dreams”, which tells a surreal and larger-than-life story of a girl transforming from a caterpillar into a butterfly. When she is challenged by a predator, will she be able to protect her babies? Different theatrical performances are put on in this space every month, and usually start at 10.30am.
If you’re more of a doer than a watcher, look out for games galore in the Company’s Garden. Challenge a stranger to a game of chess opposite Tuynhuys. Kids are particularly fond of the giant Jenga blocks and you can almost cut the tension with a knife as the game reaches a critical point near the end, when the tower is about to topple over. Of course, the resident squirrels offer lots of entertainment for young and old and you will often find that all it takes is a handful of peanuts, for a squirrel to become your best friend.
Set off down Government Avenue to Wale Street, where the City Walk will turn left to continue on through St Georges Mall. As you reach the corner of Wale and Adderley Streets, look out for the Isabelo Smart Bench. This is one of the most awesome Cape Town Partnership initiatives. The solar-powered, stand-alone, free Wi-Fi hotspot gives you access to USB charging, easy seating and night lighting. To connect to this awesome hotspot, simply search for “Isabelo Free Wi-Fi” under the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device.
Once you get to St George’s Mall, don’t be afraid to haggle with vendors if something catches your eye. If you don’t feel like buying anything, simply just chat to the vendors or enjoy the public art and storytelling as the walk connects significant places in Cape Town’s urban heart. When you reach Waterkant Street, the group will turn left again and continue onto the Fan Walk and onto St Andrew’s Square where it is a short walk over to the acclaimed Truth Coffee Roastery to treat yourself to something delicious.
City Walk Saturdays is one of the Cape Town Big 7 attractions and you will be hard pressed to find a more family friendly, walking tour of the city.
Join us along the City Walk on Saturday 16 April 2016
As we celebrate our unified diversity in the city centre. City Walk Saturdays – a completely free way to experience the best of Cape Town.
Join us in the Company’s Garden and at St Andrew’s Square for a day of family fun. Look out for the following events:
Watch out for Ukao Theatre Company’s “Pushmi Pullyu”, especially for kids, dance workshops, giant Jenga and chess in the Company’s Garden.
Take in the Food(R)Exhibition along Government Avenue and pull up a chair at any of their tables.
While at St Andrew’s Square, the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement will be collaborating with local poets between 1-2pm
TazzDiscovers are a family of travel bloggers based in Cape Town. We are currently touring South Africa to teach our kids more about our beautiful country, and plan to put together a resource for families, to encourage others to also explore our rich diversity and learn about our heritage.
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