The Castle is currently undergoing huge renovations and though this will definitely impact the events calendar, we are still open for business as usual! We will keep you updated with regard to upcoming events and daily activities on the site. Watch this space!
Welcome to the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest surviving building still in use today…
Every morning when I arrive at work, I have to remind myself what a huge privilege and honor it is to open the doors of the oldest, operating office in the country.
The Castle of Good Hope has been the centre of life at the Cape since its inception in January 1666. It has survived many challenges in its time and was constantly under threat of being demolished for personal and materialistic gain. Sentiment in the early days whereby the then Imperial Government offered the Castle for sale for a mere £83.340, would seem to be nothing new and thanks to the military authorities they evoked a strong public reaction in favour of retaining the Castle of Good Hope.
What’s happening at the Castle
The Castle is currently undergoing huge renovations and though this will definitely impact the events calendar, we are still open for business as usual! We will keep you updated with regard to upcoming events and daily activities on the site. Watch this space!.
The internal and external spaces of the Castle are also extensively used for community dialogue, meetings, workshops etc. There is great emphasis on making the Castle accessible to the community by opening its spaces to them. The Castle has solidified itself as a space of upliftment and empowerment through the numerous projects hosted, presented and facilitated here..
The Castle is also well-utilized for artistic and photographic exhibitions and in February hosted the Dutch Anti- Apartheid exhibition called Signs of Solidarity. In conjunction with this, the internationally acclaimed GRID exhibition also had its home at the Castle in January and February. .
The Castle of Good Hope is rapidly transforming into a premier location for events. From movie shoots to commercials to concerts…the Castle is the place to be! In February alone we hosted the Valentine Under the Stars event – featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The Grand White Event saw nearly 2000 people coming through the gates of the Castle and the Stef Bos concert which was held in our majestic front courtyard left local and international concert go-ers thoroughly entertained. .