Remembering the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

I wrote this article at the end of last year’s Tattoo at the Castle of Good Hope, but hadn’t put it up on my blog at the time. You can find some more stories and pictures of last year’s event here.

So, seeing that it is almost time for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reminisce nostalgically about last year’s spectacular event.

And if you happen to be in Cape Town between the 6th to the 8th of November 2014, go and book your tickets at Computicket!

Toys and games for the young patients of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

I attended a Youth Day event in June 2014 that reminded me again why I love to support the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) and worthwhile causes like the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

That day, boxes of soft toys, pretty dolls, stimulating board games and card games, colourful puzzles and learning games, and helpful items of clothing, all donated by members and friends of the Regiment and the South African Legion, were handed over to the Hospital.

A wonderful Cape Town Military Tattoo Matinee performance at the Castle

The Castle of Good Hope opened its doors to several energetic youth groups, who performed together with the military bands – SA Army Band Cape Town, SA Air Force Band, SA Navy Band and SAMHS Band – and two of the pipe bands that have been performing during the Cape Town Military Tattoo – the Cape Field Artillery Pipes & Drums and the SAMHS Pipes & Drums.

Preparing for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

Yes, it is that time of year again! I can hardly believe how quickly the year has flown past, since the Lone Piper played his melancholy tune at the Castle of Good Hope, and the Final Muster of all the participants at last year’s Cape Town Military Tattoo filed out of the front arena, to the thunderous applause of hundreds of exhilarated spectators.

Capetonians – and lucky visitors to the Mother City – are in for three evenings of marvellous military music next week: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 will be hosted at the Castle from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2013.

A march through the wind-swept city streets to promote the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

Capetonians and visitors to the City Centre were given a wonderful little treat at lunchtime on Monday, in the form of a march by participants in the 2012 Tattoo.

They marched from the Castle and back again via Strand Street, Adderley Street and Darling Street, followed by a convoy of impressive military vehicles.

(Almost) blown away: Preparations for the 2012 Tattoo continue

The casual phrase “I was blown away” took on quite a different meaning at the Castle of Good Hope on Monday morning. The famous Cape Doctor had been very busy throughout the night in the Mother City, with gale-force southeaster winds howling down from the top of Table Mountain and un-doing much of the work done by the ground crew and audio-visual crew in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012.

Defence Force Imbizo at Nomzamo in The Strand: The Defence Review Committee engages with Western Cape communities

Update: The article I wrote about this event has been published in the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine of Summer 2013. Here is the PDF document. The article was also published on the Reserve Force Division website – here is the PDF document. On Saturday, 15 September 2012, the Defence Review Committee (DRC) held the final…

Photographs of a historic imbizo at Nomzamo: A personal perspective

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to be a roving journalist-photographer at an unusual and historic event that took place in the township of Nomzamo outside The Strand, near Somerset West. The Defence Review Committee, which is chaired by Mr Roelf Meyer, was holding an imbizo, or public meeting, at the local hall…

A fantastic evening’s entertainment: The Military Sunset Concert at the Castle

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. This evening, the Military Sunset Concert 2011 was held at the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town, under a cloudless blue summer sky. When the big imposing gates of the Castle opened…

You’re all invited to a Military Sunset Concert at the Castle of Good Hope

Round up all your family and friends, and head on down to the magnificent old Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town on Friday 18 November 2011 and Saturday 19 November 2011, for a relaxing sunset picnic on the lawns, followed by a wonderful military music concert. Yes, you are invited to bring along…

Marimba Dancers of Likhwezi Arts Project perform at the Castle of Good Hope

Wednesday, 05 October 2011, was a stunning spring day in the beautiful Mother City. I headed down to the Castle of Good Hope, camera in tow, and eagerly looking forward to the third (and sadly the final) day of the School Holiday Youth Development Program. That day, it was the turn of the beautifully attired…

The St Joseph Worker Church Lads and Girls Brigade perform at the Castle of Good Hope

On the morning of Tuesday, 04 October 2011, I was back at the Castle once more, this time to see the performance of a Fife and Bugle Band. The weather did not look promising at all: heavy clouds hung low over the city and a soft drizzle was falling, just enough to mist over one’s…

The Drill Squad of the Western Province Schools Marching Drill and Exhibition Association perform at the Castle of Good Hope

On Monday, 03 October 2011, visitors to the Castle of Good Hope who had come from near and far, were in for a surprise treat. The announcer spoke over the p.a. system: “Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to the performance of the Western Province Schools Marching Drill and Exhibition Association. … Let’s give them…