Cape Classic: about us


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The mission of Cape Classic

• Supporting cultural exchange between Europe and South Africa
• Supporting social relief projects for children in the Western Cape through the donation of funds raised by concert ticket sales.

The mission is realized by:
• An annual concert series held in February/March of each year on wine farms and in concert halls in the Western Cape and the Moederkerk in Swellendam.
• Educational activities/workshops for underprivileged children in the Western Cape.

Charity and educational activities

All Cape Classic concerts are benefit concerts; proceeds are donated to non-profit organisations supporting local relief projects for underprivileged children in the Western Cape. This is the organisation’s highest priority.

Since 2005 Cape Classic has donated about € 70.000,- to miscellaneous projects. That's almost one million Rand.

In 2014 Cape Classic donates in total R 64.000,- to the iKhaya Trust Centre, the Jamestown Sounds project and the Swellendam Bursary Fund.

- Photos of the delivering of donations in: 2005,,2011, 2013 and 2014.

The artists express their support of Cape Classic’s mission in more than one way. Firstly, they perform at the festival without remuneration. And then they
also work with disadvantaged township children during the Cape Classic workshops.
By providing intercultural music classes, Cape Classic hopes to get the young generation of South Africa involved and to stimulate their interest in
classical music.

The origin of Cape Classic

Enthusiasm for South Africa and a love for classical music have been the main motivations for Gabi Zahn’s vision to create Cape Classic, a festival which supports charitable projects of the Cape region through “The Magic of Music”.
In the eighties Gabi Zahn lived in South Africa for four years with her husband and her four children.

In Germany, where she lives now, she worked as a journalist specialising in cultural affairs, mainly classical music, where she wrote reviews of concerts and interviewed famous artists.
Currently, she spends all her time on the organisation of Cape Classic.

Gabi Zahn

The organization

Founder and director of Cape Classic is Gabi Zahn. (See also "Contact")

Cape Classic Association

- Chairperson: Gabi Zahn
- Vice-chairperson: Bernd Hammer
- Treasurer: Martha Müller
- Secretary: Andreas Metz
- Financial audit: Johanna Schmitt

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Membership costs: € 20,- a year:
"Cape Classic e.V." Sparkasse Bad Kissingen (Germany).
Accountnumber: 8209702, Bank code number (BLZ) : 793 510 10.
IBAN: DE 31 7935 1010 0008 2097 02

Statute (in German) - Membership enrolment

Cape Classic Charitable Culture (CCCC)

- Chairperson: Gabi Zahn
- Public officer & treasurer: Ina Oglivi
The address of CCCC is: 29 Velkornet Street, P.O.Box 30, Swellendam 6740

Do you want to support Cape Classic Charitable Culture? Just become a member! For more information please send an e-mail: