If you have spent any time living in the United Kingdom you will know that during summer there are endless amounts of festivals being held. The music festivals are world renowned and host some of the biggest stars in the industry. Now I realise that this season has drawn to a close in England, but that means its only just starting in the Southern Hemisphere! Cape Town and the Western Cape comes alive in October with some epic festivals.

We have written about the importance of immersing yourself into your temporary country of residence while you learn English. We have written about alternative ways of learning English such as listening to English music. We have written about ways to enhance your stay and getting the most out of it by learning about the people and their culture. And we have also written about the emphasis we at Oxford English Academy put on being socially active. Add all this up and I read: Music Festival!

This past weekend saw the start of these incredible events with Rocking the Daisies in Darling taking place. This festival has grown massively every year, becoming one of the “must do’s” on the festival calendar. “Unplugged 62” also took place on a wine farm close to a little town called Barrydale. This a much smaller more intimate venue, however the quality in entertainment is in no way lacking.

November sees the opening of the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Series. These concerts take place weekly in the breath taking setting of our Botanical Gardens against the backdrop of Table Mountain. Pack a picnic and make sure you get a good spot on the grass in front of the stage. World class acts present themselves at this ever growing out door event.

Early in December there is River Republic held on the Breede River. As the summer festivals go, this is still a considerably small one! Festival goers spend the weekend floating around on Lilo’s while listening to an impressive line-up of local talent.

If you are heading to Cape Town during the summer months I would honestly suggest you make a plan to attend such an event. Always be sure to take warm clothing, even though it might be spring now and summer soon, there can easily still be a bite in the air.

I can assure you after a few of these events you will have improved your English conversational skills and most definitely have picked up on a lot of local Capetonian slang. Ask anyone at the school and we will be only too happy to help you plan such a trip.