Sport

Let the countdown begin

Brazil World Cup 2014

With the start of Euro 2012, soccer fans around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Having been starved of top quality, international football for far too long, the BIG Men at the Top are finally at work in Poland and the Ukraine. As usual, they are giving us the greenest of pitches and the sharpest of televised images of those sweat-exploding, ultra-slow motion headers and overhead, HD shots. The only problem is that, mixed with these feelings of satisfaction, South Africans cannot deny that sadly nostalgic, post 2010 feeling- not so long ago, it was all happening right here. In fact, it was exactly two years ago today. It is hard to believe that just 730 days ago our country was the most exciting place to be on                  

Lifestyle

Adidas Three Stories

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For those of you who haven't yet hit up Adidas' World Cup pop-up initiative - Three Stories, in Woodstock Industrial Centre - get it while it's hot! At sixteen we all dreamed of a place like this. A home where artists, sculptors, photographers and general trendsters hang out, with local art exhibited on the walls, skate ramp downstairs, big screen upstairs, free-flowing freshly-popped popcorn, killer margaritas, homemade food, and live acts rocking out just for the kick of it.  And best of all there's no hustling and hitching to get there. Arrive alive with the free shuttle service running through town to Three Stories.   This week's Three Stories schedule:   Daily: A-Store and Adidas                  

Clubbing

Mexican Shebeen!

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Weeks of searching and I believe that I've discovered where the real, riotous, palpable World Cup fever is AT!!! Cape Town's football-crazed chaos has largely been a pub and fan park affair. With other great places to perch onesself for a viewing, including the actual stadium, and Mzoli's. But in search of something more - something different - last night we wandered down toward the muffled crowd sounds of the Shebeen (which is at the Strand Tower Hotel on the corner or Strand and Loop Streets) and found our way up into, what looked like, an entrance parkade... and low and behold, discovered the Me-heee-carn shebeen! Think hot dog stands, big screens, foosball tables, a mechanical bull, a live DJ blaring the Bump 205's                  

Festivals

Vodacom Funny Festival

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Alrighty! For those of us intending to frame today's Bafana game with our pretty little lashes, optimism may be our best weapon. There's big hope that the boys will bring it home against France tonight!  In the incident that tomorrow is a merry affair, the sweet city of Cape Town will be all smiles. If not, however, we may need a little massaging of the funny bone, as our humour takes a downturn and the bitter refuse to frequent French delis for a while. EITHER WAY! We propose you keep spirits up, or get them up, with the Vodacom Funny Festival. The Vodacom Funny Fest has become Cape Town's well-loved Winter warmth and showcases laugh-a-minute locals Alan Committie, Riaad Moosa, Ndumiso Lindi, Al                  

About Cape Town

Fan Parks and Fan Fare

Day two of the incessant vuvuzelas ringing in the air and it still gets me all tingly:) For those of you without tickets as we spin into the 2010 Soccer World Cup, cruise into (although it's more liikely a bob and weave procedure) Cape Town's  fan fare! Fan parks are found at: Bellville Velodrome, Phillipi Stadium and Athlone Stadium, while the four smaller, community viewing sites are at Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Nomzamo and Maynardville. For the festivities of the fan mile and the near-stadium electricity, hit Cape Town's official Fifa fan park - Grand Parade. At a capacity of 25, 000, Grand Parade is going to be bursting with "Ayoooooobaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" every match day from 11h00                  

Music

Estelle in Cape Town

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"Tell the promoter we need more seats, We just sold out all the floor seats!" As 2010 comes in so do "the hottest in the world right now". For the not-so football frantic, one of the wonderfluff consequences of being a designated Fifa 2010 host city, is the splendour that we're expecting to pour in. And while I may be including the European men that our slick city will be swelling with, I am, more importantly, referring to the celebrities that the event will bring. For those familiar with the phrase "American Boy" (and that should really be everyone who speaks english and lives above ground), Friday the 11th of June brings the lady that famed the phrase to Cape Town! Estelle, famous for                  

Uncategorized

Stadium Stories: Durban

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    For all those cheeky Capetonians arguing that "we have the best stadium" don't be fooled - us Durban-born girls disagree. Besides the fact that as a host city, Durban will be the SAM-HELL warmer than Cape Town, a recent visit has convinced me that eThekwini has the best stadium to boot. An unimposing testament to symmetry, this pillared structure is perfectly placed in the heart of the Durban skyline - with cable car providing a literal bird's eye view.   The 70, 000 seater stadium is named after KwaZulu Natal-born Moses Mabhida - a unionist called upon by Oliver Tambo to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Mabhida is remembered for his contributions as chief political instructor of new military                  

Out of Town

South Africa’s brand well and truly “on the ball” around the World

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So, where do you come from eh? I am from South Africa - do you know it? Aaaah YES! Football 2010! And that seems to be the standard answer in many places around the world. Talk about Brand Recognition! These pictures were taken in Beirut, and on outdoor billboards stretching accross the length and breadth of the Country. The outdoor Billboard market is huge, as are the signs themselves!                  

Art Scene

Fifa Fever at iArt Gallery

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For those of you who were at Friday night's big draw, you are well-versed in that sky-high, tangible hum that has hit the city since. Big banners screaming "Cape Town is Ready" and soccer themed street art, that seemed like cheesy overkill last week, have somehow become resonating illustrations of the South African cultural climate this week. In the spirit of Fifa Fever, iArt Gallery has collaborated with South African publishing powerhouse - David Krut - to bring an inspired exhibition of the Official Art Posters for 2010.  The artist line-up includes big names like William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, doing their part for the love of the game. This exhibition is only on for another two days (until the