16 cool weekend events

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Weekend happenings in the Southern Suburbs, from Rosebank to Hout Bay.

All weekend


Full Stops on Your Face, Rosebank Theatre. This multi-awardwinning production is a one-woman performance by Iman Isaacs that contrasts the scourge of social injustice and Islamophobia gathering momentum in global politics with the increasingly horrific cases of gendered violence in South African homes. Friday, Saturday

Imam Isaacs in the play

Woman Alone, Baxter.  A true story of a feisty Christian woman working in Riyadh who is abducted and incarcerated, and the dedicated, devout Muslim woman directly responsible for her salvation. A story of friendship, the bond of fearsome feminine strength and the quest for personal freedom. Adapted from the original book and directed by Christo Davids, with Lee-Ann van Rooi in the title role. Saturday, Sunday

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Baxter, Rondebosch. Following its resounding success in the United States earlier this year, this South African classic starring Mncedisi Shabangu and Atandwa Kani has returned to the Baxter. It’s 40 years since John Kani and Winston Ntshona won the Best Actor Tony Award for their performances in the play, which they co-created with Athol Fugard. And now John Kani returns as director, with his son in the role which he made famous. Friday, Saturday. Last weekend


Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay. Over 100 stalls providing a social, shopping and eating experience, all with an SA flavour. And of course, a great live music lineup.  Friday night, Saturday, Sunday

Tokai Forest Market, Chrysalis Estate, Tokai. Visit Cape Town’s favourite outdoor market where you will find delicious food, arts and crafts, kiddies’ activities and a wonderful place to relax for a few hours. Saturday, Sunday

Friday night


Souldada: Visiting from Netherland, Alma Café, Rondebosch. Fresh from the Darling Voorkamer festival, this Dutch group’s performance titled “Watervolk” can best be described as world music. They use an eclectic mix of English, Dutch, Frysian African and Papiamento. They are all highly trained and talented musicians, and held in high esteem in the Netherlands.


Chilled Market, The Range, Tokai. Lots of good food and drinks, as well as entertainment for kids. Until 9.30 pm.



Stephen Hobbs: Permanent Culture, David Krut Projects, Montebello, Newlands. An elaborate multi-media revelry in the optical and psychological effects of camouflage and the historical role the arts have played in creating deception in the battlefield, with a focus on Western Cape defences.


D.O.S.T.A.N.A., Baxter, Rondebosch. Celebrating friendship in true Bollywood style, Dostana is a fun-filled, exuberant, colourful, magical and breath-taking UCT Hindu Student Society production, featuring both local Cape Town and UCT student talent. This entertaining story is a spin-off from the popular TV series “Friends” and is set in a coffee shop where six old friends reminisce about tales of their youth and adventures at UCT.


Oldies but Goldies, Al’s Place Restaurant, Rondebosch. The dynamic duo James Marais and Monique Cassels return to perform their Elvis and Rock ’n Roll Tribute show. The show has many of Elvis’ greatest hits but includes other legends of the rock ’n roll era, such as The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard, Queen, Roy Orbison, Creedence Clearwater Revival,  Buddy Holly and many more.




Earth Fair Market, Tokai. One of the best selection of fresh produce shopping traders in the Cape. It’s a well-established, indoor, conveniently situated market with lots of parking.

Jolly Carp Organic Market, Retreat. Don’t miss the yummy lamb curry, butter chicken and breyani at this market – not to mention special curry paste with all the ingredients to make two pots of curry.  Including the Young Authors’ Club, kiddies craft class and a welness talk.

Rondebosch Village Market, Rondebosch Library. It’s a small market but the quality is outstanding: get there early before all the beautiful organic produce, bakes, jams and cheese are sold out!

Rondebosch Craft market, Rondebosch Park. A relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning, browsing stalls of hand-made goods and breakfasting under the park’s lovely trees. Craft stalls galore at this monthly market, as well as a decent selection of instant eats like pancakes.



Lions Craft Market, Hout Bay. Check out African curios, pottery, wire crafts, ostrich eggs, wooden sculptures, second-hand book stores and even pony rides. Food stalls include a Malay kitchen.

The Alphen Antiques and Collectibles Fair, Constantia. A variety of items will be on sale.

Check out Cape Town Magazine’s top 7 weekend events.

SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:  Cape Town Magazine; What’s On in Cape TownWhat’s On; Cape Markets





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