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Situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour with the dramatic backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is widely acknowledged as Cape Town's premier shopping and tourist destination and a well known entertainment hotspot. Here, an innovative fusion of history and modern convenience has resulted in a multi-purpose, dockside environment unlike any other in the world. Cape Town's new International Convention Centre is just up the road. Abounding with up-market shopping, excellent restaurants, winery and supermarkets, delicatessen stores, museums, cinema and amphitheatre featuring music concerts, drama and dance performances.. A ten minute drive will take you to the Cape's most famous beaches and the city is within walking distance.

Cuts in art funding leave culture in the hands of the rich

Culture minister Maria Miller, who pointed out the financial benefits of the creative sector. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Catherine Bennett touches a nerve ("The arts are more than just a way to make money, Maria", Comment). Outside the narrow, self-important world of wealthy art market dealers, most people look to artworks for non-material enhancement of their lives – for a different and precious experience from their everyday financial constraints and strivings. The cultural and creative sector is indeed a vital component of the UK economy, but it can also contribute much more to raising our quality of life in a society burdened by long-term austerity.

Westminster coalition ministers, however, have cut arts funding, largely ignored its wider potential beyond London and increased its reliance on rich collectors and benefactors. In consequence, while we see innovations in form, the actual content of too much contemporary art is unexcitingly "safe" or subjective to the point where no basic ring of truth is registered. Cities of Culture are helpful, but no substitute for a forward-looking government policy on the arts and creativity.

Yves Guillaume - National Geographic Adventurer in South Africa

Adrenaline junkie Yves traveled to South Africa to experience its diverse range of adventure activities, but it was the people he met who truly made his visit memorable.

Deni Blues And Roots Festival Picks Up Two NSW Tourism Awards

The first Deni Blues and Roots Festival held over Easter 2013 has won two awards at the NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney on Thursday night.

The Deni Blues and Roots Festival won the Bronze Award for New Tourism Development and Gold for Festivals and Events.

The festival, held in Deniliquin , New South Wales, gives music fans in Victoria and South Australia who struggle to get to Bluesfest an opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest musicians in a reasonably priced festival environment closer to home.

The 2013 event brought Santana, Jason Mraz, Status Quo, Steve Miller Band, Bonnie Raiit and Jimmy Cliff into the regional New South Wales town just 3 hours drive from Melbourne and 6 hours from Adelaide.

The Easter 2014 event has more first class entertainment from John Mayer, Dr John & The Nite Trippers, The Doobie Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gary Clark Jr, Russell, Morris, Jasmine Rae and Cash Savage and the Last Drinks confirmed for Deni Blues & Roots Festival 2014.

The Deni Blues and Roots Festival is a co-production by Chugg Entertainment, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Play On The Plains Event Management.

“Deni’s got such a great vibe surrounding it and it’s going to be a mainstay in the event calendar. We want to make sure that people can come and check out this great festival and see what it’s all about – and what better way than with a free place to stay,” Michael Chugg said.

Deni Blues and Roots 2014 will be held on April 19 and 20, 2014 in Deniliquin.

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