Christmas is literally around the corner, and New Year’s Eve will follow in the blink of an eye. If you don’t have your New Year’s Eve party planned yet, below are numerous outing options that could make for a memorable last day of 2017.
Take a nostalgic trip to America circa the 60s on New Year’s Eve
Join in on a 1960S themed New Year’s Eve 2017 celebration at Square Cafe & Wine Bar at Century City on December 31.
Revellers can look forward to the following:
- Bubbly & Popcorn Station with an exciting topping selection on arrival
- Local entertainer Keeno Lee performing 60s hits live from 9pm
- Complimentary wine tasting station on the terrace
- Complimentary bubbly at midnight
- A 60s diner-style menu, with a Hotdog Station, Grill Station, Fry-Up Station (think Southern fried chicken with harissa sauce); Dessert Station (Homemade apple pie etc.); and of course a Milkshake Station (Naughty shakes with alcohol and traditional shakes).
The dress code is “60’s soiree” and there will be a prize for best-dressed guest.
* Cost is R595 per person, and R295 per person for kids under 12.
Dinner starts at 8pm.
For reservations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 021 204 8000.
Visit squarecafe.co.za/events/ for more info.
Vista Marina on New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve at Vista Marina, V&A Waterfront takes on a Mediterranean flair with a VIP yacht cruise, dinner, live entertainment and front row seats to the fireworks show.
Headlined by music moguls Pascal and Pearce, Saint Tropez inspired Vista Marina has an enigmatic line up of food, flavour, fusion and finesse this NYE. The opulent waterside venue, with alfresco dining and private jetty, promises guests a second-to-none experience to take them into 2018.
Champagne and rose petal popsicles on arrival and flowing Pongracz Disederius MCC will be complimented by a performance by Daniella Bitton and her dancers. Luxury sunset yacht cruise and six course dinner available for a VIP experience, with a live performance taking guests into the night.
As celebrations build Pascal and Pearce hit the decks with an invigorating NYE set to peak the evening’s anticipated count-down-climax as the V&A Waterfront fireworks display lights up the sky above the marina. NYE tickets start from R1500.
Radisson RED on New Year’s Eve
The Radisson RED will be throwing the ultimate end of year bash with Roger Goode, who will be ringing in the New Year on December 31. Tickets are going for R1800 per person and include access to the Call of the Loin “butcher braai” food feast, a cheeky G ’n T on arrival and, of course, fizz at the bells.
Come chill and chow on Cape Town’s seasonal street food to the sounds of live tunes as we head towards the midnight fireworks. DJ Dino Live will warm up the crowd from 6pm, so grab a pint of Baxter’s Bitchin’ Ale while you enjoy sensational views of Cape Town as the sun sets on 2017.
Dale Simpson, Curator at Radisson RED, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, says that the hotel is incredibly stoked to host its first New Year’s Eve party. “We’re hosting one of Cape Town’s most exclusive parties this year. Guests will get to spend the night with Roger and his crew while being treated like the ultimate VIP. This is definitely one for the calendars.”
Tickets are limited to this event and must be booked in advance. Go grab yours now!
DATE: Sunday, 31 December
TIME: 6pm until late
PRICE: R1800 per person – No under 18’s
BOOKINGS: Baxter@radissonred.co.za; or 087 086 1578.
Countdown to New Year in all-round SA style at the Fugard
Start the countdown to 2018 early in all-South African style at the Fugard Theatre on Sunday, December 31.
Presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, the acclaimed production of historic, South African musical ‘King Kong’ returns by overwhelming demand for the summer season.
A special New Year’s Eve performance will take place at 2pm on December 31. Patrons will be able to enjoy a glass of complimentary South African Cap Classique sparkling wine after the performance for each ticket purchased and the Fugard’s two fully stocked bars include a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates. The bars will close at 7.30pm.
More than half a century since the first performance in 1959, the Fugard Theatre’s production of ‘King Kong’ features an all-South African cast and stellar creative team, and has been described as “Five stars” “a knock-out success”, “simply magnificent”, “a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy” and “a theatrical treat”.
“What better way to start the countdown to 2018 than celebrating our world-class local talent,” says Daniel Galloway, the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “‘King Kong’ is the quintessential South African musical with a proud heritage and our 2017 production features a phenomenal all-South African cast. Guests can enjoy some of our finest local wines, and take in the sweeping views of Table Mountain and the City from our rooftop bar, before heading off with their friends and family to herald in the New Year.”
‘King Kong’ tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini whose self-appointed ring name was “King Kong” to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza. The original production helped in part to launch the international careers of Miriam Makeba, among others.
Performing the iconic role of shebeen queen Joyce is powerhouse Edith Plaatjies (‘District Six: Kanala’; ‘Orpheus in Africa’), with acting, singing and dancing star Andile Gumbi (‘The Lion King’, ‘isiBaya’) reprising his performance in the title role as King Kong.
A live 9-piece band, under the direction of Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba, accompanies the action at every performance.
‘King Kong’ is directed by Jonathan Munby who directed the Fugard Theatre’s production of ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ with Noma Dumezweni (the only double Olivier award-winning Southern African actor) amongst many other international productions including the recent production of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ for the Chichester Festival in the UK starring Sir Ian McKellen.
The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom.
The revised book (with additional lyrics) is by Academy award nominated screenwriter and playwright William Nicholson (‘Shadowlands’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Sarafina’, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’).
The New Year’s Eve performance of ‘King Kong’ starts at 2pm on December 31. Tickets to this performance cost from R180 – R280.
‘King Kong’ runs at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town until February 18, Tuesday to Saturdays, at 8pm with a matinee at 3pm on Saturdays and on Sundays at 4pm.
Tickets for other performances cost from R130 to R280. All Bookings can be made at www.webtickets.co.za and through the Fugard Theatre Box office on 021 461 4554.
For further information, visit www.kingkongstagemusical.com.