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Eugene Yiga is lifestyle writer and arts journalist in Cape Town. He writes about travel, leisure, food, wine, marketing, media, TV, film, music, theatre, books, and more for over 30 different websites, newspapers, and magazines.

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Orchestra and opera unite

Last year marked the centenary of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, while the Cape Town Opera turned 15. This year sees the start of a new initiative to ensure both institutions keep making music in the Mother City and beyond.

By Eugene Yiga 26 Mar 2015 10:13

Celebrating five decades of theatre excellence

Fifty years ago, the Three Leaf Awards had six categories and 17 productions. Now, five decades later, the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards honoured excellence in theatre by dishing out prizes in 18 categories to 74 eligible productions.

By Eugene Yiga 24 Mar 2015 11:56

Chardonnay Deli-cious

When my sister came to town and suggested that we do lunch, I knew the perfect place. After all, what better way to show a former Capetonian what she was missing than by taking her to one of the city's newest spots?

By Eugene Yiga 19 Mar 2015 12:07

The art of summer cuisine

When people eat at the Belmond Mount Nelson, they tend to choose dinner at the Planet Restaurant. And for good reason: Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg's creative flair is the reason this eatery was a finalist for the top-10 restaurants in the country at last year's Eat Out Awards...

By Eugene Yiga 13 Mar 2015 09:15

Small plates, big success

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Unless we're talking about Ryan's Kitchen, in which case I suggest you come right in!

By Eugene Yiga 23 Jan 2015 11:11

Singing in the Rhyn

Brendan van Rhyn, current star of The Rocky Horror Show, chats about doing the time warp over and over again.

By Eugene Yiga 11 Dec 2014 09:46

Eat, play, love

If you love a good dinner and you love a good show, two top South African productions will let you enjoy both at the same time!

By Eugene Yiga 27 Nov 2014 12:45

From Amos with love

She's been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone magazine called her one of the best live performers of all time. And yet this might never have happened for Tori Amos, whose father had different plans for her life.

By Eugene Yiga 30 Oct 2014 13:12

Celebrating a new generation of culinary stars

On entering One&Only Cape Town, I can sense that something big is about to happen. It's not just because the scale of the furniture and windows overlooking Table Mountain makes everything seem larger than life; it's because the Vista Bar & Lounge is full of the crème de la crème of South Africa's food, wine, and hospitality world.

By Eugene Yiga 24 Oct 2014 10:00

Aerodrome launches limited edition journal

On Saturday, 20 September, many of Cape Town's bibliophiles spent a cloudless spring day at the city's annual Open Book Festival. But a number of them also came to Warren Editions, a professional printing studio, for the launch of Aerodrome's inaugural journal.

By Eugene Yiga 13 Oct 2014 10:13

Fringe benefits

Ismail Mahomed, artistic director of the National Arts Festival, chats about the inaugural Cape Town Fringe.

By Eugene Yiga 25 Sep 2014 10:59

Here comes the sun

Isaac Slade, lead singer of The Fray, chats about the American rock band's latest album and current world tour.

By Eugene Yiga 12 Sep 2014 12:35

I'm loving it

Brendon Urie, lead singer of Las Vegas rock band Panic! At The Disco, chats about making music and travelling the world.

By Eugene Yiga 5 Sep 2014 11:23

Rock around the clock

Earlier this week, the local staging of The Rocky Horror Show celebrated its 300th performance. Matthew Wild, director of the hit musical, chats about the runaway success.

By Eugene Yiga 4 Sep 2014 12:57

Ready to Rockville

With a name like Johnny Ray, perhaps it's not surprising that he became a musician. And yet the composer's path to his passion was a long and winding road.

By Eugene Yiga 29 Aug 2014 10:51

Home sweet Hemelhuijs

Ever since it opened back in October 2010, Hemelhuijs has been a restaurant of many faces. Now, as the seasons change, artist and chef Jacques Erasmus has transformed the Cape Town eatery (a finalist for Eat Out's Boschendal Style Award) once again.

By Eugene Yiga 28 Aug 2014 12:42

Oscar winner

South African actress Sandra Prinsloo, perhaps best known for her role as Kate Thomson in the 1980 film The Gods Must Be Crazy, chats about her early career, memorable experiences, and the new production of her award-winning play.

By Eugene Yiga 15 Aug 2014 11:58

Sevruga with a smile

"There is only one reason to go to the V&A Waterfront, which is overpriced and has the feel of a giant globalised shopping mall," wrote The New York Times a few years ago: "Sevruga."

By Eugene Yiga 14 Aug 2014 14:08

Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge

When Showcook.com editor Annette Kesler began the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge, her goal was simple: to create and facilitate an opportunity for young talent to shine.

By Eugene Yiga 8 Aug 2014 11:25

Pott of gold

What do Paul Potts, Amira Willighagen and James Bhemgee have in common? Despite coming from different parts of the world, the three talent show winners are set to perform together on stage.

By Eugene Yiga 7 Aug 2014 13:30

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