In 2015, I was lucky to be one of the people working behind the scenes, tasked with creating the commemorative programme booklet for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015, which marked the 10th Anniversary of this event. We couldn’t refer to it as an ‘annual’ event, unfortunately, because it hasn’t been happening every year.
I don’t know when the very first Cape Town Military Tattoo was presented at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, but it was probably in the second half of the 20th century. (If you happen to know, please drop me a note in the comments.) What I do know what that there was a break, of probably quite a number of years, before the powers that be in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) decided to bring back the Tattoo in 2003.
After the first two Tattoos in 2003 and 2004, there was a break in 2005 and 2006, before it resumed in 2007 and ran through to 2010. Then there was another break in 2011, when we had a Sunset Picnic Concert instead. Thereafter, it ran uninterrupted from 2012 through to 2015, culminating in a spectacular 10th Anniversary Edition in November 2015.