The City is a proud host and supporter of a number of events, and February kicks off a smorgasbord of entertainment which includes fashion, music and sport. These events not only provide economic spin-offs but are catalysts for outstanding visitor experiences.
Cape Town has developed a strong track record as an events destination and continues to attract a range of events.
‘The direct economic impact through visitor and organiser spend is estimated at over hundreds of millions of rands. Our support of many of the events is part of our strategy to attract even more events to the city and to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa.
‘Larger events attract international participants and visitors who often stay beyond the event. The ripple effect of the economic injection is felt at other attractions, within the hospitality industry and even at smaller events,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
The city’s events calendar kicks off with a strut on the catwalk. The South African Menswear Fashion Week takes place at the Cape Town Stadium this week until 6 February 2016. The event has grabbed the attention of international fashion media and helps to establish Cape Town as a fashion and creative hub. It features collections from as far afield as Japan and New York.
The Takealot.com Cape Town Tens is one of the event highlights on the sporting calendar
and takes place from 5 – 8 February 2016 at the Hamilton Sea Point Rugby Football Club. Last year this social sport and lifestyle event attracted 23 500 attendees, 2 350 participants and
The fifth edition of the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) takes place from
5 – 7 February 2016 at the City Hall. This year’s line-up boasts a variety of local and international DJs and electronic music makers featuring sounds of house, techno, electronica, drum and bass and more. Since 2012, the CTEMF has grown in popularity and has become one of the most relevant events on Africa’s music festival calendar, not only for the beats produced but also for its workshop component which precedes the core music festival. Tickets for the music festival at City Hall are limited and start at R300 for a one-day pass and R700 for a weekend pass.
The Mining Indaba, the world’s largest mining investment event and Africa’s largest mining event, takes place from 8 – 11 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The indaba has taken place in Cape Town for the last 20 years. Through the Mining Indaba participation in the last six years, more than 3 000 indirect and direct jobs have been created and R500 million has been injected into the local economy.
The Royal Cape Golf Club is the venue for the Cape Town Ladies Open from 10 – 12 February 2016. The event gives overseas golfers the opportunity to use the Cape Town summer to practise for their European Tour season and further provides the perfect platform for local
up-and-coming amateurs to learn from professional golfers.
Towards the end of the month the Art Fair Cape Town, which caters to international, continental and local galleries, takes place at the CTICC from 19 – 21 February 2016.
‘These events will satisfy a wide variety of tastes and we encourage residents to attend and be part of the excitement and growth of the city as a destination of choice,’ says Councillor Bloor.