Listen to live music performances and admire regal architecture at this landmark structure, made famous after Nelson Mandela gave a speech from its balcony.
Cape Town City Hall is a magnificent work of architecture and one of the city’s finest Edwardian buildings. It’s also a superb venue for art exhibitions and concerts.
Construction of Cape Town City Hall began in 1900 and it took 5 years to complete. It became known throughout the world in 1990 when Nelson Mandela gave his first public address after being released from his 27-year prison sentence
Take a moment to appreciate the building’s imposing Italian Renaissance-style limestone façade. Note the use of columns, each crowned by intricately carved capitals. The honey-colored building also features a clock tower, said to be a scaled-down replica of London’s Big Ben, which dominates London’s Houses of Parliament. On the hour, the tower’s bells play the Westminster chimes.
Step inside the venue and survey the beautiful mosaic floor that leads to a marble staircase. Pay attention to the collection of stained-glass windows. The building’s auditorium hosts a series of live music events. Be enchanted by recitals of works by composers such as Tchaikovsky and Schuman, among other musical greats. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra are based at Cape Town City Hall and often stage performances here. Other concerts include performances by wide-ranging musicians from all corners of Africa.
This century-old landmark sits in the eastern corner of Cape Town’s city center. It’s a short walk from the city’s main train station and major attractions such as the Castle of Good Hope. Parking is available on the surrounding streets. Cape Town City Hall looks out over Grand Parade, a former military parade square that now serves as a venue for flea markets and festivals.
Cape Town City Hall is open to the public when it hosts an exhibition or performance. Ask at the building’s reception for a schedule of events.