Arts & entertainment to enjoy on holiday in Cape Town

Cape Town is well known as a hotspot for beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, luxury accommodation and stupendous shopping.

But did you know that Cape Town is also a cultural hub that offers amazing art and theatre experiences that are unique to this southern tip of Africa?

Get an art-fix at these galleries:

South African National Gallery

Home to some of the most beautiful collections, the South African National Gallery features art of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish origin. Collections are regularly rotated so that there is always a full programme of temporary exhibitions, including paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, beadwork, textiles and works on paper. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

The Cape Gallery

Varied and interesting art exhibitions of numerous local artists with work for sale. The Cape Gallery is open Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00.

Everard Read Cape Town

View and acquire works by local and international artists at this Gallery, Everard Read is situated at the V&A Waterfront. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00.

The Ava Gallery

The AVA Gallery in partnership with Spier, is Cape Town’s oldest non-profit, members based, public benefit organisation and art gallery, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. Open Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of international contemporary art with a focus on artists from South Africa, the greater African Continent, and beyond, who engage in a dialogue with the African context. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 09:30 to 17:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Theatre at its best:

Artscape Theatre

Situated in the heart of the Mother City, the Artscape Theatre Centre offers the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of performing arts for more than four decades. All this success is attributed to the combination of world-class productions, high tech sets and locally made period and modern costumes which makes Artscape Theatre Centre stand out as an iconic cultural beacon in the Western Cape.

Fugard Theatre

Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most significant and internationally acclaimed playwright and this theatre proudly bears his name. The 335-seater Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six.

Theatre on the Bay

One of South Africa’s theatre greats, Pieter Toerien, owns this stunning intimate theatre in Camps Bay, where he puts up productions of international quality. Visit Pieter Toerien for an update on what’s showing.

Waterfront Amphitheatre

Sway your hips to great bands, live dance productions and storytelling or catch live action on the big screen. The V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre is one of Cape Town’s hottest stages, hosting live music and other entertainment that’s free to visitors. It’s also a popular place for shopping weary crowds to grab some fresh air, rest tired feet and watch the bustling harbour activity.

Baxter Theatre

The home of progressive South African theatre and performance since 1977, the Baxter Theatre Centre in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town boasts a world-class theatre and concert hall, as well as a studio stage, rehearsal rooms, offices, a restaurant and bars and an impressive, spacious foyer.

Treat yourself to comfortable, upmarket holiday accommodation in Cape Town to enhance your amazing art and theatre experiences.