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CONTEMPORARY ART TOURS
Woodstock is one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs and the hub of South Africa’s major contemporary artists, art galleries and art studios. A gritty, creative, residential area close to the City Centre, its must-see highlights include the Old Biscuit Mill, a neighbourhood food and design market, WHATIFTHEWORLD a former synagogue, now a fully established art gallery, the Woodstock Exchange, a former industrial building, now a nerve centre of hipster activity, with shops by artists, photographers, fashion designers, film directors, traders, and more.
At the City Centre, visit a variety of galleries, including South Africa’s premier art gallery, the Iziko South African National Gallery. Contemporary art galleries include AVA (Association of Visual Arts) South Africa’s first arts society, Smith, Chandler House, Ebony Curated, State of the Art and more.
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TOURS
Discover the history of Cape Town, as told through art and architecture. Learn about the dark days of slavery at the Iziko Slave Lodge, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, where 9000 slaves from Africa and Asia were held captive. Admire the extraordinary Islamic heritage and culture of Bo-Kaap, an area formerly known as the ”Malay Quarter”. Bo-Kaap is a must-see as arguably the most photographed place in Cape Town due to its brightly coloured houses, cobbled stones, dramatic mountain background and Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles. View outstanding examples of “moderne” architecture, typically Art Deco. From Mutual Heights, the tallest building in Africa at the time when it was built in 1939, to Mullers shop, which still serves as an optometrist, its original purpose.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE TOURS
Immerse yourself in Cape Town’s rich heritage with guided historical walking tours. Take in the natural beauty, the history and the harvest of the Cape Winelands. Navigate to the 200-year-old naval base in Simon’s Town. Learn about the indigenous people of Cape at San Culture Centre !Khwa ttu. Give ear to local storytelling in Langa township, and even discover the hidden history of Freemasonry in the Cape.