Social programme

All fees are in US Dollars and include 14% VAT.

Opening ceremony

Sunday 2nd July, 08:30 - 10:00*

Join fellow delegates at this grand start to the WCPT Congress 2017. Prepare to be entertained by acts showcasing the cultural diversity that Cape Town and the African continent offers. Listen to opening speakers set the stage and be inspired for the days ahead.

*One complimentary ticket for the opening ceremony is included for full congress delegates who are registered to attend all three days of congress. One day delegates registered for the 2nd July will also receive a complimentary ticket to the ceremony. Please note that additional tickets for the opening ceremony are not currently available for purchase, but may become available nearer the time.

Please note that numbers are limited and tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Welcome reception

Sunday 2nd July, 17:45 - 19:30*

Celebrate your first day at congress by renewing friendships and making new contacts at the welcome reception held in the exhibition hall at the end of day one. This is the perfect time to mingle with colleagues, visit exhibitors and reflect on your first day at congress.

*One complimentary ticket for the welcome ceremony is only included for full congress delegates who are registered to attend all three days of congress.

Tickets for the welcome reception have just become available for daily delegates to purchase. Full congress delegates may also purchase extra tickets for guests.  Tickets are available at USD 25, or ZAR 300 for residents of South Africa.  Tickets should be added via your registration.

Party night     SOLD OUT

Monday 3rd July, 18:30 - late, ticket USD 65 (also available to purchase for ZAR 880 for residents of South Africa)

Tickets are currently sold out, however if you wish to be added to a waiting list please email

Party night will take place at Gold Restaurant, an African themed restaurant in the heart of Cape Town. It offers a vibrant one-of-a-kind experience, including a varied menu capturing the taste sensations of Cape Malay and Africa. This is accompanied by unique interactive traditional entertainment, with performances which will embrace and transport you into the heart of Africa.

Ticket includes:

  • 14 course African dinner
  • three drinks tickets
  • live entertainment
  • DJ and dancing
  • coach transport to and from the congress venue/WCPT headquarters hotel

Closing ceremony

Tuesday 4th July, 17:30 - 18:45

Don’t just drift away - come together with your colleagues and finish in style, celebrating the success of the WCPT Congress 2017 and looking back at key highlights of the event. Awards will be announced and presented for outstanding abstracts. Join us as we say farewell to our South African hosts and hand over to the hosts for the WCPT Congress 2019.

To book: admission is free for all those registered to attend congress on 4th July and no pre-booking is necessary. Please note there is limited space at this event and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served based.