My Life in Africa

Countess for a Day!

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Today I’m off to a place called Muizenberg for a French Composers concert. Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb and is situated on the shores of the Cape Peninsula (on the coast). Again, the venue I am going to is an old building that has been restored. It was built in 1929 and aims to reflect the spirit of Venice – glorious! It’s the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. It’s a building rich with history that is now a national monument and serves as a multi-functional cultural centre. There’s a contemporary South African art gallery, a boutique and also an Italian Café. The afternoon is about exploring French music traditions from the 1600s to the 1900s including Debussy and Ravel, performed by Vicente Espi, Alliz Nicholas and Martin Jacoby. I’m sure it will be very elegant and inspirational! The mansion is called ‘Casa Labia’.


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