Buskers are livening up the Cape Town CBD as part of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Come Back To Town campaign, which is aimed at reinvigorating the economy of downtown Cape Town.

The CCID is also working with other entertainment partners to offer pop-up performances.

According to Terri Carter, co-ordinator of the busking programme, each performance is curated and includes hip-hop dancing, a marimba band, guitarists, singers and beatbox performers. There are four acts a day – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – between 12pm and 2pm at various locations, including Thibault Square, the corner of St Georges Mall and Waterkant Street, the corner of St Georges Mall and Castle Street and in Government Avenue at the Arch for Arch.

Augmenting the street entertainment is Dry Lemon Entertainment and The Waterfront Theatre School. A night-time busking programme is planned from 16 December to 8 January 2021.

Other City Centre December, January events

Zip Zap Circus School  

If you missed The Zip Zap Circus School pop-up show on Thibault Square from 12pm to 14h00 on 9 December, they’ll return early 2021 for a second performance. See CCID’s Facebook page.

Join the Circus Zip Zap style, 11 – 20 December 2020. Their new show, A Circus Picnic, runs from 11 and 20 December in the company’s own Dome. Pack your cushions, picnic blankets and low-lying chairs. Tickets are R90 and R120 pp. Doors open at 5.30pm. The show starts at 7pm and ends by 9pm. Book here.

City of Cape Town Busking Programme

The City of Cape Town rolls out a night-time busking programme from 16 December to 8 January 2021 with acts entertaining Wednesdays to Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm. All at Greenmarket Square, and the corners of Bree and Shortmarket; Strand and Bree streets; and Bree and  Buiten Streets.

Ride with Rook Cycles

On Thursday nights, join a night cycle with Rook Cycles. The 20 to 25 km route – which changes every week – is suitable for all fitness levels. Cyclists can use their own bike or rent one for the evening for R100. Riders meet at the Rook shop at 295 Long Street at 16.30pm and leave at 7pm for a unique view of the city. Info the Rook website

Gin-gin at Station on Bree

The London-inspired Station on Bree has introduced a range of live entertainment, along with delicious pub grub-style food and drinks. With many gin varieties on offer, including Black Rose, Hope Gin and Juniper Moon, patrons won’t go thirsty. Pop in for a single shot or make it a double. Visit https://thestation.capetown/

Big Sister at Gate 69 cabaret theatre
The Trolley Dollies will lift your spirits with their humour after spending lockdown in self-imposed silence. In Big Sister, they “dish the dirt as they see it on the alarming events of the past few months”. Let your hair down at Gate 69, see www.gate69.co.za

Go LOCAL at Heritage Square with Liam Tomlin

Foodie aficionados will be happy to hear that LOCAL, the latest venture from Chef Liam Tomlin, will open at Heritage Square. Downstairs, the venue will sell local grocer produce, as well as Adene’s farm flowers and many other delectable goods. Upstairs, Tomlin will open a Middle Eastern eating bar called Mazza in Cape Town, which pays homage to Beirut and represents the 17 countries of the Middle East.

Cape Town Opera Chorus Spirituals Concert

This will be at at Groote Kerk from 14 to 15 January 2021. This renowned chorus features a new programme of African and American spirituals. Choreographed by Shaun Oelf and with an addition of young artist, Brittany Smith, an uplifting programme will delight music enthusiasts. All alert Level 1 protocols will be observed. Doors open at 6.15pm. Book at Quicket.

Cape Town Central City events: www.capetownccid.org