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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cape Town Art Fair 2014

The Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) takes place 28 February-02 March 2014 at The Pavilion, V&A Waterfront and brings together the very best South African contemporary art under one roof.

Building on its successful debut, the Cape Town Art Fair 2014 is oversubscribed and welcomes a number of newcomers to the existing gallery participants including Stevenson, Goodman and Everard Read, who are enthusiastic about how the Cape Town Art Fair is promoting the city as a global art capital.

“It’s encouraging to see that the Cape Town art world is becoming a denser, more layered fabric of spaces and events,” says Joost Bosland of Stevenson, which is presenting a solo booth by Zander Blom at the CTAF.

Cape Town Art Fair 2014

The CTAF is being produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, part of the global Fiera Milano Group responsible for staging Art Fairs in Milan, and Istanbul. Fiera Milano Director, Louise Cashmore says that local art is attracting more and more attention from collectors here and abroad.

Among the many attractions, the 2014 CTAF will present a special project by invited artist Josh Ginsberg and guest curator, Ernestine White will show a body of work by invited artist, Lyndi Sales.

Other highlights include the screening of new works at the IMAX cinema by some of SA’s most innovative multimedia artists. Art South Africa will host panel discussions and debates with key figures in the South African art world, creating a forum for debate within the visual arts sector.

Cape Town Art Fair 2014

The Sovereign Art Foundation, a charity dedicated to using art for children’s rehabilitation, education and therapy, will provide an innovative and interactive ‘art zone’ for children who have a passion for art. This is a first for Cape Town and heralds from the very successful Hong Kong Art Fair.

The art zone is a celebration of well- known artists enjoying child’s play and provides a perfect space for children to have an unforgettable interactive art experience while their parents enjoy the finest art showcase in South Africa.

In the spirit of acknowledging Cape Town’s World Design Capital status, the Cape Town Art Fair is offering a joint entry ticket which includes entry into the Art Fair as well as entry into Africa’s first design fair, GUILD, which takes place in the neighbouring Lookout at the V&A Waterfront over the same time.

More information :
http://www.artfaircapetown.co.za/ 

When streetarts help bring streetlights

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP leverages street art with the capacity of crowd-funded community engagement.

The project, which will run for 6 months, aims to fund the installation of a streetlight system into one of Cape Town’s more dangerous neighbourhoods, empowering individuals with the potential to be active agents in change.

Design Indaba Trust, Faith47 and Thingking have teamed up to create a mural that seeks to create a community level change through the duality of art-based social impact.

This new collaborative multi-story artwork ‘Harvest’ provides a visual feedback loop for those who view it; the wall lights up at night each time enough money is raised for one new light to be installed in a pathway of the informal settlement of Monwabisi Park in Khayelitsha, through the organisation VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading).

The intricate lighting pattern created by Thingking is an artistic endeavour that also serves as a reminder that there are communities in the city that lack the luxury of light, a major public safety concern.

Tweet #ANOTHERLIGHTUP to help promote the project and turn the lights on momentarily.

When enough funds are raised for another light in Monwabisi the mural lights up for the evening.

The City of Cape Town supplies Monwabisi Park with public water taps. The ‘emtonjenis’ (public tap spaces) have become communal gathering areas but are a target for crime.

This project aims to raise funds for streetlights that can improve a 700m pathway between public taps and other better-lit areas. Installing lights is one impactful move towards creating a safer space.

All donations of R5000 or more will receive a limited edition, signed print of the wall.* Donations can be made at www.anotherlightup.com.

For more information contact
www.anotherlightup.com

What if we knew what is best for you?

What if we knew what is best for you? What if Guy Savoy told you: “sit down and relax, I’m preparing you a lobster in its shell with concentrated jus… you will love it!”

Funny idea, isn’t it…?

We receive 2 to 3 incentives and events briefs every day and no less than 20 individual travel requests. Most of them are already really clear: establishing the rhythm, the guidelines to follow and covering the technical aspects… Making us look like assemblers of services rather than actual travel designers.

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That’s a pity. We would have loved to know more about YOU!

As travel craftsmen, we know our products and how to combine them to create new flavors. Dishes that are tailor-made with white sand beaches, private safaris, adventures, encounters and discoveries. What remains unknown? Your tastes. Your desires. Your needs. Your own pace.

With all this, our chefs will possess all the ingredients to surprise you. Cooking an itinerary for YOU, with textures, smells and flavors allowing you to enjoy your African Experience beyond your expectations.

Still doubting? And what if we put you to the taste!

In the meantime, this month, some of our teammates are revealing what they like. Lodges, restaurants, activities… Enough to please everyone’s palate!

Bon appétit.

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One and Only Cape Town, sumptuous & spacious

Cape Town’s first ultra-luxury hotel in ten years takes opulence to another level!

Here, the urban sophisticate can feel at home in the heart of the Waterfront, famous for its sensational views, world-class shopping and entertainment.

Even the Hotel’s cuisine is designer, with celebrity chefs restaurants Nobu and Reuben on the menu. The vibey Vista Bar is a hot and happening party spot but me, I headed straight to the Wine Loft to sample some rare South African vintages!

One and Only Cape Town, sumptuous & spacious

Sumptuous, spacious and well serviced describes the hotel’s 131 rooms and suites. You will want for nothing, with a dedicated 24-hour butler, nightly aromatherapy turndown service and pillow selection menu.

The contemporary decor has more than a hint of South African flavour with interesting local artworks and dark woods offset against plush fabrics and furnishings in warm earthy African tones.

After a hard day shopping, my oversized bath and rain shower were most welcome as was the hotel’s fantastic Spa, an idyllic retreat situated on its own island!

Spacious, clean and organized. All room types have something to offer.”

Laura

A true and authentic safari experience

By visiting the Okavango Delta in Botswana, your first vision of this extraordinary landscape that unfolds beneath your feet will be like bird’s eyes because you fly over the vast savana before arriving at your camp.

Mobile tented safaris are for true nature enthusiasts who want to enjoy the more authentic experience or to walk in footsteps of the Africa’s first explorers. Around you a team of professionals that do all the catering for you, allowing you time to soak up and enjoy the natural world without breaking any sweat performing camp duties.

Mobile tented safaris allow you to explore nature at its closeness, while camping in the pristine areas away from the madding crowds.

Okavango Delta in Botswana

When the camp is to be moved, you will wake in the morning to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while around you the camp is being taken down. You will then have a leisurely game drive with a picnic lunch, and arrive at your new destination, with the camp miraculously resurrected, a campfire on the go and your supper being prepared!

The Moremi Game Reserve has been described as one of the most diverse parks in Botswana. The landscape ranges from forests to savannas; from floodplains to lagoons.

Moreover, all the large predators are found in the Moremi and include lion, Leopard and Cheetah.

Buffalo and Elephant are prolific, and Moremi has the highest population of these two species. Moremi is also a refuge for the endangered African Wild Dog, with the highest numbers found here.

 Fly in the game reserve overlooking the Okavango Delta and then experience a real Bush accommodation without fences, Game Drive and Mokoro safari are amazing!”

Charline

Sossusvlei, a world apart

It is the ultimate desert retreat for guests seeking adventure, solitude or nature in the spectacular backdrop of the Namib Desert.

Activities ranging from balloon flights to game drives, horseback trails, sunset walks, hikes and dinners in the bush ensure that there is never a dull moment, while rooms fitted with mini-bars, personal safes and comfortable beds ensure that guests also have a chance to unwind and relax.

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Champagne breakfasts, eco quad biking and other specialist activities are available on request for something a bit different, and visit to the nearby Namib-Naukluft Park can also be arranged.

Sossusvlei is a fusion of elegance and desert lifestyle, making it a premier destination for those seeking desert thrills.

“Everything in the Sossusvlei area is exceptional: a world apart where time stops, the immense dunes that move and change as a measure of days, exquisite buffet is proposed by the Sossuvlei Lodge offering the possibility for each to taste the local flavors, a balloon ride at sunrise Namibian sun which gives a sense of freedom up to now unknown. “

Cécile

A green escape for the senses

Executive chef Peter Tempelhoff’s dishes are beautifully plated and presented and his food just gets better and better.

His understanding of ingredients runs deep with fantastic dishes such as the delicate carpaccio of scallops, tuna and abalone with a tiny wasabi panna cotta and little beads of soya. His meat terrines are simply outstanding and the white chocolate and gorgonzola parfait with a touch of chestnut purée is a combination made in foodie heaven.

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The dark and white chocolate plate à la Liz McGrath is a good finish to the meal – and rightly so, as it has been around for years. The Conservatory Bistro serves lighter lunchtime fare.

Stylish and refined, the restaurant has floor to ceiling glass windows affording a spectacular view of the trees in the garden.

“A green escape for the senses. Lush green surroundings, exquisite food presented by the most theatrical waiters and a superb location and accommodation”

Alessandra

Unique & amazing face to face

Shark diving : the promise of the thrill is registered in the name of this unusual activity, believe me.

Departure is based in Gaansbaai for this activity.

Once the sharks are around, a specially designed, four-man shark cage that floats right below the surface, is lowered into the clear aquamarine waters. Divers with at least snorkel experience, may enter the cage where they hold on to its inside ring still out of the water, waiting for the shark to approach closer.

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This part of the cage is still out of the water /40cm/. Only on the dive master ‘s command they descend. Divers are never more than 1 meter below the surface. The best time of year to cage dive is April – September.

Snacks are served upon arrival and water, soft drinks and snacks are served on board. Just to help you get over your feelings.

 ”Still a very controversial activity with a lot of pro’s and con’s but, trust me, definitely an unforgettable experience being so close to a Great White, beautiful, graceful animal, still so mysterious and unknown.”

Véronique

Tintswalo Atlantic, amazing view on Hout bay

Without any hesitation, I would say that it is THE hidden jewel of the Cape Peninsula.

This eco friendly lodge is right at the bottom of the famous Chapman’s Peak, overlooking the ocean and Hout Bay.

You cannot see it from any angle. You can only discover it once arrived at the door where you are immediately submerged by the beauty of the place, the quietness and the intensity of light.

Tintswalo Atlantic Hout Bay

The atmosphere is a mix of nature, sea and modernism.

The warmth and the efficiency of the staff immediately make you feel at ease. Each room is named after an island and has its own colour theme and decor. They are all ultra romantic boasting full views on the sea, as well as a cosy fire place and big bathrooms.

But please don’t tell anyone; it is my favourite secret place!

Unique location and amazing view on Hout bay. Beautiful rooms. Nice swimming pool and Jacuzzi.”

Pauline

Your private island, a dream ? Not really…

Remote, relaxed refinement is what you’ll find at this exclusive private island hideaway. Just 1km long and 350m wide at high tide, Medjumbe’s 13 beach chalets are steps from the ocean.

Simple yet sophisticated, my luxury villa is like a breath of crisp sea air in cool blues and whites, a theme that continues outside with the sparkling plunge pool and view deck looking across an azure Indian Ocean. I have an eye on the gently swinging hammock.

Medjumbe Island Lodge Mozambique

What a place to finish my trashy novel! Not far from the communal dining areas (sensational sea food!), decks, and patio, so the temptation to indulge in yet another cocktail around the ocean-side pool is ever present.

But while I need a tan, I am equally keen to go diving and witness the magnificent coral reefs and marine diversity this area is famed for.

“Private lodge on a private island. The G&T in the private pool for sunset”

Fleur