It is early summer in Cape Town: the days are getting longer and warmer, the southeaster wind has picked up speed, and Capetonians are spending more time outdoors… This must mean that it is almost time for the Tattoo!
So, dear friends and visitors to the Mother City, please make a note in your diaries: The Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town will host this annual display of military might and marvellous music from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2013!
This year, spectators can look forward to music performed by the military bands of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical and Health Services. I think this is the first time in several years that all four armed services of the military will be represented, so it will be a real showcase of the wonderful talent existing in South Africa’s military bands.
And as always, the thumping of drums and the unforgettable strains of the bagpipes will stir the emotions, and the synchronised gunfire of Tchaikovsky’s famous and powerful 1812 Overture will reverberate around the city centre. Awesome!!
To promote the Tattoo, representatives of the Defence Reserves Provincial Office of the Western Cape engaged with the public at an exciting Carnival Day, which was held by Makro at their Milnerton/Montague Gardens branch on Saturday, 20 October 2013.
Students from Chrysalis Academy in Tokai (I’d written about them on previous occasions) handed out more than 7000 flyers to passers-by, telling them about the upcoming Tattoo.
DVDs of the previous years’ Military Tattoos were playing at the Defence Reserves stand, reminding us of the many talented musicians and soldiers who had come from near and far to participate in these events in recent years (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012). It brought back many happy memories, I can tell you!
Cape Minstrels in their colourful costumes danced amongst the crowds, and foot-tapping songs issued from the loudspeakers. For the little ones, there was a jumping castle, a kiddies’ corner, and painted clowns, and a potjiekos competition ensured that no one was left hungry. Pedal-powered go-kart racing kept the youngsters entertained.
Reserves from the Western Cape – 4 Maintenance Unit, the Young Lions from the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes), Regiment Oranjerivier, Cape Field Artillery and 71 Signal Unit as well as the SA Army Recruitment Office Cape Town and the Area Military Health Unit Western Cape were represented at the Carnival Day – as were the South African Police Services and the City of Cape Town’s Emergency Services, Traffic Department, Fire and Rescue Services and Disaster Risk Management.
ER24, the National Sea Rescue Institute, and Tableview Neighbourhood Watch were also among the organisations that had set up stalls in the spacious parking area in front of Makro’s huge warehouse store in Montague Park, at the corner of Koeberg Road and Plattekloof Road.
According to senior management of Makro, the Carnival Day had been a huge success and definitely set the mood for summer. And the interactions with visitors, who were intrigued by the military hardware and the various displays, indicate that the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 is bound to be a huge drawcard on the City of Cape Town’s entertainment calendar.
Do not hesitate – book your seats at Computicket now!