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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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Heart of Redness

For the past decade, Soweto-born composer and librettist Neo Muyanga has been working together with Mark Fleishman, co-artistic director and executive trustee of Magnet Theatre.

By Eugene Yiga 21 Aug 2015 11:58

Celebrating 250 years of Hennessy

How did an Irishman and former officer in the army of King Louis XV create one of the finest French cognacs in the world? Finding the answer requires a 250-year journey back in time.

By Eugene Yiga 17 Aug 2015 10:08

Centrum Guardians: we CAN be heroes

Every day, South Africa's emergency and rescue personnel give 100% to saving lives. Not because it's their job, but because they believe that every single life is worth saving...

By Eugene Yiga 12 Aug 2015 14:17

Say olé in Camps Bay

When my friend and I arrived for dinner, we found the restaurant quiet for a Saturday night (and a nice change from the noise of the Camps Bay strip). Perhaps it was the early onset of winter, making this a chilly night. Or perhaps, with the restaurant only open for two months at the time, not many people were aware of the city's newest gem.

By Eugene Yiga 28 Jul 2015 10:17

Abalone House launches 'brandy bar'

"I'm delighted to be here," said Christelle Reade-Jahn, Director of the South African Brandy Foundation. "It's such a special evening, bringing together everything that's good in South Africa: good company, excellent conversation, fantastic brandies, and one of the best chefs in the country."

By Eugene Yiga 24 Jul 2015 12:28

Warming up winter at Terroir

If you're looking for hearty local cuisine to keep you warm this winter, look no further than Terroir.

By Eugene Yiga 21 May 2015 14:06

Tokara Deli-cious

The first time I went to Tokara, a wine estate somewhere between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, was for an outdoor wedding overlooking the mountains, vineyards, and olive groves.

By Eugene Yiga 11 May 2015 10:35

One&Only Cape Town: foodie heaven

TripAdvisor chose Cape Town as one of its top destinations for 2015. What better way to experience one of the best cities on the planet than by staying at one of Africa's best hotels?

By Eugene Yiga 4 May 2015 11:37

Sail away at the PortsWood Hotel

Given that it's located at the V&A Waterfront, perhaps it's not surprising that the PortsWood, one of two dozen Legacy Group hotels across Africa, has a nautical theme.

By Eugene Yiga 29 Apr 2015 09:30

On the brink of musical success

Robin Brink, drummer and percussionist for Beatenberg, chats about his musical inspirations and greatest moments as a band.

By Eugene Yiga 10 Apr 2015 13:16

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

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