22 Nov 2017 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

 

Savanna presents RIVER REPUBLIC

24 – 26 November 2017 at Round the Bend Lodge, Breede River, Swellendam.

 

Renowned for the organising of Up The Creek, one of the Western Cape`s most loved music festivals, the Red Hot Events team also introduced a wild and wonderful new boutique-festival two years ago: Savanna presents River Republic. Set at the same river, on the plush lawns next to a beautiful creek, this new little festival embodies that pina-colada-hidden-paradise-kind-of-awesome-party that we all dream of. Take a break and escape to the River Republic for the coolest getaway party with your best friends and most loved local DJ`s and bands. The line-up for this year is such a delight, we think for the love of grand sunsets, we`ve got it just right!

 

The Kiffness, Nomadic Orchestra, Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions, Sean Koch Trio, BRYNN, Brothers Remedy, Bam Bam Brown, Dave Knowles, Hans Zen, Jackal & The Wind, Jak Skandi, Koisan, Los Tacos, Lt. Fizzer, Manny Walters, Mobbing Bali, MT Seas, Roxton met Herki, Astra Funk & The Space Cats, Money for Bali & Well Done Sun.

 

To keep the good times rolling, we are also bringing you some live comedy over the weekend:Anne Hirschis your MC on Saturday and comedianKagiso Mokagadiwill be providing us with good laughs.

 

On arrival you will be greeted with afree ice coldSavannaas you jump on the shuttle down to the festival. Just the thing to get your weekend started and well deserved after your drive!

 

Mexican madness hour: When a band likeLos Tacoscomes along you just want to get your groove on. With a mix of Latina and Capetonian blood, their catchy Latin American tunes will shake up the river banks. Don your sombreros, sip on tequila flavoured Savanna Locos and hula, hula people, let`s party!

 

Nomadic Orchestra.

 

Festival Ticket Prices:

 

Full Weekend: R860 (excluding booking fees.)

Sat-Sun only: R610 (excluding booking fees.)

*Both options include a cold Savanna on arrival!

Kids 12 & Over: R350 (excluding booking fees.)

All tickets include a camping spot.

 

Buy Tickets:www.riverrepublic.co.za/ticket-packages/

 

Web and social media:

Websitewww.riverrepublic.co.za

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/RiverRepublicFestival

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RiverRepublic

Instagram@riverrepublic_festival

 

 

01 Sep 2017 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0


 

Experience Oktoberfest without travelling to Germany!

 

Due to the enormous popularity of the 2016 Windhoek Oktoberfest, Namibia Breweries and Events and More have decided to run this year`s festivities over the whole weekend from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2017. The weekend promises a perfect combination of excellent Namibian Beer, great German food, games & activities and world-class entertainment. Friday night is for over 18`s only and on Saturday and Sunday you can bring your kids for a great family day out.

 

Oktoberfest is the world`s largest beer festival, celebrated annually in Munich, Germany. The first Oktoberfest was held in the the year 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Over the centuries it has grown to be one of the most important traditional festivities in the Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled on the original Munich event.

 

Here in South Africa, one of the most incredible venues in Cape Town, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville Winelands, will play host to the official Windhoek Oktoberfest Cape Town brought to you by Namibian Breweries. The opening night on Friday 20th 2017 will be sold per table of 8 and is ideal for team building, a special client event or just getting a group of good friends and family together for a fun filled experience. Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017 will be family days with extra activities available for the kids.

 

Fest Beer:

The opening of the keg will take place onFriday night. With the exclamation “O`zapft is!” (“It`s tapped!”), the first beer is handed to the mayor or representative of the city, who then declares the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town officially open. This is a special "Festbier" available which is brewed specially for the Oktoberfest by braumeister Christian Müller. This authentic German beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law.

 

The Kirchdorfer band will be performing:

They have been the official band in the "Hacker-Festzelt" at the Octoberfest in Munich since 1994 and will be flying in straight from there to perform at the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town.

 

Schuhplattler dancers:

Schuhplattler is a traditional style of folk dance. In this dance, the performers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their shoes (Schuhe), thighs and knees with their hands held flat (platt).

Traditional Food:

It’s hard to compete with hearty melt-in-your-mouth German dishes which complement your beer perfectly. Hartlief, well known for its comprehensive variety of high quality meats will be serving up traditional specialities bringing the taste of the Munich Festival right to your door-step. Look forward to traditional Eisbein, Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut und Senf and roast chicken to mention a few.

 

Activities:

Saturday and Sunday will also include performances by The Kirchdorfer band and Schuplatter Dancers, as well as performances by another two traditional bands that will be playing contemporary German tunes. Typical to a traditional fair, there will also be lots of games including "Stamm-sägen" (Log-Sawing), "Bierstemmen" (Beer-Lifting), "Hau den Lukas" (High Striker), Nageln, Beer Pong and Catty shooting.

 

Tickets:

Book tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Computicket:

http://bit.ly/WindhoekOktoberfestCapeTown-mobi

 

The opening night on Friday 20 October 2017 is for over 18’s. Bookings are for groups of 8 people per table only. There are 2 different packages on offer:

Platinum package R2800 for 8 people

Includes a 1LT branded beer mug per person, a snack platter comprising of traditional meats, cheeses and breads on the tables and access to a waitron

Gold package R2000 for 8 people

Includes a 1LT branded beer mug per person and access to a waitron.

 

Saturday 21stOctober and Sunday 22nd October 2017 are family days. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are R140 online and R160 at the gate.

Kids under 12 free entry on Saturday and Sunday.

Gates open Friday 18h00 till late / Saturday 12h00 till late / Sunday 12h00 till 18h00.

 

Competition:

If you book through Computicket http://bit.ly/WindhoekOktoberfestCapeTown-mobi

you will automatically stand a chance to win an all- expenses paid trip to the Windhoek Oktoberfest 2018 in Windhoek. The prize includes flights, accommodation and entrance to the Oktoberfest.

Contact no for queries: 061004 7410 andinfo@eventsandmore.co.za

 

Social media links:

Facebook:www.facebook.com/windhoekoktoberfest

Twitter:@WindhoekOktfest

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/windhoekoktfestct/

Website:http://www.windhoekoktoberfest.com/the-festival

Google+:https://plus.google.com/b/101984583474822722286/+WindhoekOktoberfestinCapeTown

Pinterest:

https://za.pinterest.com/windhoekoktober/

 

01 Sep 2017 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

 

Join us at this year’s annual Oyster and Champagne Festival on 14th and 15th October at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and get a good dose of delectable oysters, coupled with fabulous Champagne, good music and an upmarket selection of foods and treats.

 

Our theme is Gold and White, dress up and stand a chance to win the prizes for the best dressed couple.

 

Difference between Champagne, MCCs and Sparkling Wines: For those of us that need this clarified here is some helpful information:

 

Champagne:

Can only be made using grapes grown in Champagne, a province in north eastern France. Regardless of the method used to make it, anything else is simply not Champagne. We are thrilled to announce that Moëtwill be featured at the Oyster and Champagne Festival representing French Champagne at its best.

 

Méthode Cap Classique (MCC):

MCC is the South African version of Champagne. MCC is made using the original, bottle fermented process used by the French. Every step of the process aside from the grapes, is the real deal. The quality of our grapes coupled with the expertise of our wine makers is such that our MCCs rival some of the best French champagnes. Featured at this year’s event we are delighted to have on board a selection of prestigious local MCCs to name a few Villiera, Haute Cabriere, Pierre Jordan, JC Le Roux, Pongracz and Krone.

 

International Wines

You are in for a treat as featured amongst our bubbly’s we also have the pleasure of welcoming the exquisite Italian Prosecco and Spanish Cava to this year’s event.

With all this talk about champagne we better not forget to add in some interesting facts about those well-loved oysters. Surprisingly, there is a lot we don’t know about this tasty morsel, save for the idea that you eat them raw, accompanied by champagne.

 

Did You Know…………

Ø In 2005 research supported the view that oysters contain a rare amino acid that has been linked to reproductive success. So now we know how Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros got it right.

Ø Oysters are "alternating hermaphrodites", which means they can switch sexes from time to time.

Ø Only about one in 10,000 oysters contains a pearl.

Ø The verb 'to shuck', meaning to remove the shell from an oyster, was first recorded in 1881.

Ø The saying "the world's your oyster" comes from Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor: "The world's mine oyster. Which I with sword will open."

Ø Worldwide, around two billion pounds of oysters are eaten every year.

Celebrity Chef:Sue-Ann Allen became a household name in 2012 as the runner-up in the 1st season of MasterChef South Africa. For three months MasterChef episodes introduced her love for food and ‘never give up’ attitude to people around the country.We are delighted to announce that Sue-Ann, together with another 2 chefs, will be demonstrating the preparation of mouth-watering recipes over the weekend. Look forward to delights such as Baked Oysters with spinach and bacon, Fresh Oysters with candied orange and an onion mint gel and Oyster Tataki with pickled ginger, spring onion, crispy noodle, coriander and Asian style dressing, to name a few.

 

Non-alcoholic drinks:For the festivalgoers that prefer a non -alcoholic drink,Uber Flavourswill be there with their all-natural rooibos craft ice tea. They have four variants, namely Apple and Cinnamon, Honey and Lemon, Mango and Vanilla, and Berry and Buchu. Their teas are halal and kosher, and most diabetic people can drink them too as they contain no added sugar.

 

Food vendors: Moëtwill be working closely with our popular sushi provider creating platters that include a selection of fresh delectable sushi served with chilled champagne.Scandalous Foodswill be there providing a selection of gourmet burgers, pita’s and wraps andWahine Food Truckwho were a firm favourite last year will once again be dishing up their famous fish and chips, curries and wraps.

 

Gelato on the Go will be at the Oyster and Champagne Festival this year featuring the well-loved Italian ice-cream Gelato. This year they are also introducing their glamorous mini gelato cone which is made with the same Italian Gelato ice-cream but put onto mini sugar cones and coated in chocolate.Yummy we cannot wait to taste this awesome summer treat!

 

So now that you have all the facts that you could possibly need book your ticket now and start planning your winning outfit.

 

Saturday 14th October 2017 and Sunday 15thOctober 2017, gates open at 12h00.

 

Tickets sold via Computicket at R160 per person includes a branded champagne glass and 5 free tasting coupons (no under 18’s). Glasses and coupons will be available to purchase during the event.

Computicket link:http://bit.ly/OysterandChampagneFest

Social media:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/oysterandchampagnefest/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/oysterandchampagnefestival/

Google+http://ow.ly/As8130edjcD

 

13 Jun 2017 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0


Liefde by die Arena Friday 14 July 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest, Goodwood: 20h00.

Die Heuwels Fantasties, Laurika Rauch, Loki Rothman, Jo Black.

 

In association with Bok Radio.

 

One of South Africa`s most innovative and energetic live actsDie Heuwels Fantasties joins forces on stage with legendary songstress,Laurika Rauch,the super talented Loki Rothman and Jo Black, the “Afrikaans hipster” whose debut video went viral in 2016.

 

Join these remarkable artists for one night at the Grand Arena and share their love for fantastic music at this magnificent venue.

 

Die Heuwels Fantasties is one of those rare local gems that captured the hearts and party-spirits of fans across the age spectrum nationwide. Concertgoers can look forward to hearing brand-new songs from their newly released fifth studio album “OKAY!” on the night. Pierre Greeff from Die Heuwels says: “We are very excited about this show - we have always wanted to share a stage with Laurika Rauch. It`s going to be great fun. See you there!”



 

 

Laurika Rauch has been one of South Africa`s most renowned Afrikaans singers since her debut album was released in 1979. Her hit single from this time, “Kinders van die Wind”, still lives on almost forty years after its release. Titles on Laurika`s latest album “Reis”, which was released in September 2016, include a moving version of André Swiegers’ song “Blou”, which she recorded with Loki Rothman, as well as a lovely take on Die Heuwels Fantasties` hit single “Klein Tambotieboom.” Concertgoers will have the privilege of seeing these songs come to life in a rare coming together of these incredible artists.

 

Jo Black touches hearts and minds and has become somewhat of a phenomenon with his signature brand of positive thinking through his “Be that Guy” campaign. His also became an overnight musical success as the “Afrikaans hipster” whose music video went viral earlier this year. The single “Skepe” has had over a million hits on Youtube to date.

Add the remarkable talents of the versatile guitar virtuoso,Loki Rothman, to the already intriguing line-up and the concert promises to be a very special experience. Loki has mastered most existing musical genres on guitar and his captivating voice paints breath-taking landscapes with his original lyrics.

 

Tickets:

Ticket options: R160 back and R220 floor.

Book at: Computicket.

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/936223153186623

 

Contact for more information: Sophie 074963 3021.

 


 

13 Mar 2017 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

ATKV Oesfees, Solms-Delta, Franschhoek

Saturday 25 March 2017

 

The ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta, Franschhoek, will be celebrating another year’s successful wine harvest on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Join the workers of the valley, along with thousands of other music, food and wine lovers to share in the joy of a diverse cultural event, featuring some of the finest homegrown musicians, as well as some of South Africa’s most popular artists and bands.

 

The Franschhoek valley has a rich and lively music culture. The local Music van de Caab project, sponsored by Solms-Delta and Boschendal, under the leadership of the brilliant Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls, seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent. The Music van de Caab acts that will be performing at the ATKV Oesfees include the Klein-Handjies Pre-school Choir and the “Kaapse Klopse”-style walking band, Langbroeke; a female choir ensemble Die Soetstemme;the Delta Valley Entertainers and the Lekker Lekker Delta group. Top South African talents who will be sharing the stage include the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Manouche, Nick Turner, Riku Lätti, Bacchus Nel, Jackie Lätti, Hannes Coetzee, Die Papier Familie Orkes, Akkedis, Les Javan, Hemelbesem and Yoma, Brain Cloete, Churchil Naudé, Die Wasgoedlyn and Tribal Echo. A special treat this year will be a performance by the African Jazz Pioneers.

 

An annual ATKV Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Riel Dance Final. The Betjies from Betjiesfontein were the winners of the ATKV 2016 Riel Dance competition in the Junior category and will take to the stage to entertain with their impressive footwork. Previous winners,The Graskoue Trappers (photo top) are also on the line-up.

 

This year marks a very special occasion as the ATKV Oesfees reaches its 10th year milestone. Mark Solms from Solms-Delta says: “When we launched the ATKV Oesfees in 2008, we were not sure how it would turn out. But the celebration turned out better than we could have dreamt and the festival just keeps on growing. We proudly share our love for everything that unites us in this beautiful land, with our music and food and wine, and our deepest and best hopes for the years to come.”

The ATKV’s objectives are to further Afrikaans and provide a cultural home for Afrikaans people. Afrikaans is one of the strongest indigenous languages in Africa, and creates exceptional opportunities for nation building, development and letting the South African landscape thrive. To do this with partners, further enhances the potential for success. Therefore, the cooperation with Solms-Delta is an excellent opportunity for the ATKV to celebrate Afrikaans and turn objectives into achievements, “says Japie Gouws, Managing director of the ATKV group.

 

Traditional food and excellent wines from theSolms-Delta farm will be on sale. There will be a special area for kids, managed by a professional events company,Cre8tive Kids.Children are registered and are looked after inside a specially fenced, safe area. They can look forward to playful activities all day.

 

Come join the special people ofSolms-Deltafor this annual gathering filled with thanksgiving and good cheer.

 

Ticket prices:

 

Earlybird: R99: January 2017 to14 February 2017.

Presales: R120: 15 February to 24 March 2017.

Tickets at the gate: R150: On day of event.

Kids 2 – 12: R40: Earlybird, presales and at gate.

Kids under 2: R1: Babies also get tagged so that the organizers have an exact count of all the festivalgoers.

 

Buy your tickets here:

 

Plankton.mobi:https://plankton.mobi/Events/EventBooking/a6208ea9-60d5-4782-954d-7acf83be3a5d

Computicket:http://online.computicket.com/web/event/atkv_oesfees_2017/1106925196/0/77412035

Shoprite Checkers.

Solms-Delta Tasting Room and Deli.

 

Web and social media:

 

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DieOesfees/

Twitter: @DieOesfees #ATKVoesfees

Instagram: atkvoesfees

Website:www.oesfees.co.zaenhttp://www.solms-delta.co.za/oesfees/

 

Contact number for more information: 021-874 3937.

Media contact: Liny Kruger at LKMediabook: liny@mweb.co.za

 

Radio Kalahari Orkes - photo: Henry Engelbrecht.

30 Nov 2016 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0


JÄGERMEISTER PRESENTS UP THE CREEK 2017

26 – 29 JANUARY 2017, BREEDE RIVER, SWELLENDAM.

 

Creekers, pack your swimsuits, grab your floaty and get into the summertime spirit -Jägermeister presents Up The Creek 2017 is around the corner and you need to start flexing those festival muscles! For the past 26 years, Jägermeister presents Up The Creek has managed to remain small and intimate while growing in reputation and attracting some of South Africa’s best live acts, which has earned it the rightful moniker as the country’s ‘finest little festival’.

 

Situated on the banks of the breath-taking Breede River just outside of Swellendam, the spectacular grounds offer a singular waterside experience, which truly comes into its own at the unique Sedgwicks Old Brown River Stage. Here, bands play to the crowd from a stage that is built on the banks on the river, while revellers are free to spend their time bobbing up and down in the river on all manner of lilos and weird and wonderful flotation devices. Life does not get much better than this: fun, friends, music, swimming, partying, dancing and all round good vibes only!

 

SO, WHO’S PLAYING?

Twenty one acts have been confirmed so far, including Dan Patlansky, The Black Cat Bones, Albert Frost, Rubber Duc, Slow Jack, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions, The Kiffness, Gerald Clark and the Deadmen, Medicine Boy, Taxi Violence, Jackal and the Wind, The Liminals, Akkedis, Early Hours, Grassy Spark, Forefront, Guy Collins, MT Seas, Southern Wild, The Oh So Serious and Jak Skandi. Keep an eye on the festival’s Facebook page for more band announcements to come in the next few weeks.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE TICKETS?

To ensure that the festival stays small and select, only 2700 tickets have been made available like every year. The single tier ticket price is set at R970, which includes full access for the entire weekend (Thursday 26 January - Sunday 29 January). There are unfortunately no day passes and no under-18s will be allowed. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment and remember to bring your A-game for the ‘Anything That Floats’competition – the most innovative craft takes home a prize!

 

ANY COOL PARTNERSHIPS THIS YEAR?

Why, yes indeed!The Heartbreak Motelwill once again offer a luxury glamping option for festivalgoers who enjoy having access to a fully-pitched tent, linens, warm showers, a daily breakfast and 24-hour security.

 

Additionally, we’ve also joined forces with Generosity Water, a wonderful international initiative that seeks to provide safe drinking water for people in developing countries. For every bottle of Generosity Water purchased at Up The Creek 2017, two people in a developing country will receive water for a month. Each bottle has a QR code that can be scanned to see which community will benefit from your purchase.

 

GET IN TOUCH & STAY INFORMED

Follow Up The CreekonFacebook, Twitter (@Upthe_Creek) and Instagram (@upthecreek_festival) to stay up to date, and keep an eye on  the website for further developments leading up to the festival. www.upthecreek.co.za

 

photos: Juliette Bisset.

15 Jul 2016 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

 

TWIN ATLANTIC ANNOUNCE ‘GLA’ ALBUM, UNVEIL VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE "NO SLEEP

 

The UK’s most invigorating and rising band, Twin Atlantic, are set to release new album, GLA, on September 9th. Today, they unveil the video for new single “No Sleep”, a track already playlisted on the BBC’s national pop music station Radio 1 where it was named “Hottest Record In The World” and “Track Of The Day” by leading British music bible, Q Magazine. Last week, Zane Lowe premiered the album track “Ex El” on his Beats1 Radio show.

 

“No Sleep” is a punk rock song led by the guttural bass and guitar riffs of Barry McKenna and Ross McNae climaxing with vocalist Sam McTrusty’s roar of “I get no sleep” against a driving beat by drummer Craig Kneale and a wall of insomnia-inducing frustration.

 

WATCH the video for “No Sleep” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcqeM4KLqok

 

In their native UK, Twin Atlantic are headlining arenas with a plethora of radio hits under their belts. Their live performances are renowned for their infectious energy. GLA was written in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, before repairing to Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles to record the album, working with Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club) who also helmed their 2014 album Great Divide, which reached #6 in the UK album charts, while their dream mixer Alan Moulder (best known for his unforgettable work with Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Foo Fighters and My Bloody Valentine) came aboard to give the album the essential finishing touch. WATCH Twin Atlantic perform “No Sleep” at The Isle of Wight Festival HERE.

Twin Atlantic are: Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale.

 

The songs on GLA were written in Glasgow, and the band repaired to Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles to record the album, working with Jacknife Lee (U2, SnowPatrol, Two Door Cinema Club), who had previously produced a couple of tracks for 'Great Divide'. Under his direction, they eschewed old school recording techniques, taping their parts separately. “At no point did we play together,” McTrusty says."We changed our approach and turned the idea o fa rock band upside down, conforming only to this one idea - to take back rock and roll. To give people something real again”.This change in their recording process marked the grander ambitions of the new songs, while their dream mixer Alan Moulder (best known for his unforgettable work with Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Foo Fighters and My Bloody Valentine) came aboard to give the album the essential finishing touch.

 

“We were inspired by classic riff-rock, but we want to make our own version of it, and inspire other people,” McTrusty explains, “We’re giving that extra bit of ourselves, and we want to give power back to rock’n’roll, to reveal itself. With ‘GLA', we have everything to lose, and nothing to prove. That’s an exciting creative place to be."

 

“We could never have made this album before,” adds McNae, “because we hadn’t had all our experiences, we hadn’t made all the right mistakes. Wehave finally made the album we wanted to make.”

 

GLA tracklisting:

 

1. Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator

2. No Sleep

3. You Are The Devil

4. Overthinking

5. Ex El

6. Vahalla

7. I Am Alive

8. Whispers

9. A Scar To Hide

10. Missing Lin

11. The Chaser

12. Mothertongue

 

GLA will be released on September 9th via Red Bull Records.

 

SA Fans can now pre-order GLA

on iTunes with instant grat tracks ‘No Sleep, Gold Elephant and Ex El: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/gla/id1115814994

 

http://twinatlantic.com/ www.twitter.com/twinatlantic https://www.facebook.com/twinatlantic/

 

Photo: Steve Gullick.

15 Jun 2016 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

 

CapeTown Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival

22nd and 23rd July at Baxter Theatre Concert Hall.

 

This is the 10thinstalment of the Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival. 22 South African artists will perform completely acoustically in an unplugged, intimate, concert-style setting, stripped down to the essence of the songs.The evening is set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of some of South Africa's best songwriters and musicians.

 

The event organiser Gavin Minter from Real Wired Music says that he is very excited about this year`s performers. “If you remember bands like Z-Astaire, Ella Mental, The Usual, Delta Blue, Sweatband, HAMMAK, Springbok Nude Girls, Just Jinjer, Zen What, and SA's most renowned guitar duo Steve Newman and Tony Cox, then this year`s festival is going to be a treat for you. We will feature all the singers from the mentioned bands, plus a few more exceptionally talented artists have been added to this year`s Winter instalment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival.”

 

There is also rare collaboration with two legendary multiple award-winning acoustic guitarists,Steve Newman and Tony Cox, who will be performing on both nights. Cox and Newman have toured the world and played every major festival, and between them have released over 30 albums. Tony Cox says:An acoustic guitar has to be one of the most emotively driven instruments on the planet, a small orchestra in your lap, take it anywhere, it transfixes people...”

 

Wendy Oldfield played at the first Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Festival in 2011. She says that she was absolutely thrilled to be asked to play again. Oldfield adds: “It is such a well run musical event and the quality of co- performers are mind blowing. Playing acoustically is quite a different experience to full band. This is where a good song stands to the test. It is quite exposing and allows for a different vocal expression.”

 

Wendy Oldfield.

Farryl Purkiss says that as an artist one never really truly masters an instrument. “There is always something more to learn. Some people like to think that they are leading the way when composing a song and the guitar is just following its master and filling in the blanks, but it`s the other way round in my opinion. I as a songwriter am merely a passenger, a stowaway on a ship that has a course and destination long decided before I got involved.”

 

Laurie Levine will be performing with Josie Field. The blues infused vocal-rock of Josie Field connects with the intimate folk, country styles of Laurie Levine to create a unique and intimate musical experience. Their new album “TigerLily” was released in 2015. Levine says: “It is rare to be on a line up with such a large array of local artists. There's something beautiful in the coming together of a collective of musicians and hearing the wonderful diversity of style and talent on offer on one stage on one night.”

 

James Stewart (formerly from The Usual) is looking forward to be playing acoustically. He explains: “It brings the song right back into the space it was when it was written. It’s really special to reconnect with the birth of songs in this way.”

 

Robin Auld says playing a stripped down set has certain practical advantages: “It's always nice to play at an event where you know the music would survive without electricity."

 


Sonik Citizen.

 

Friday line up: Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Andre de Villiers, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Gerald Clark, Robin Auld, Farryl Purkiss, Digby and the Lullaby, Claire Phillips, Jennifer Eaves.

 

Saturday line up: Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Wendy Oldfield, James Stewart, Heather Mac, Lionel Bastos, Tim Parr, MacStanley, Sonik Citizen, Andrew James and Jasmine Minter.

 

Tickets at Computicket:

 

R235 – Arena.

R195 – Balcony seats.

 

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Cape-Town-Folk-n-Acoustic-Music-Festival-113231878787427/

Tweet -@CTFolkFest

 

We would like to thank our sub-sponsors Audio Engineering and Party design.

 

15 Jun 2016 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

 

 

 

POETRY IN McGREGOR 26 – 28 AUGUST 2016

“VOICES ON FIRE.”

 

The fourth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 26th to 28th. Feast with us on the heart’s food, the resonant human voice, the felt reality of who we are. Since ancient time our understanding of ourselves, our sense of what lies within, was said to come out of the blue: inspiration, the breath of heaven, the song of the muse, the voice of the poet.

 

There is a great range of poets performing at various interesting venues at this year`s event. English poetry from the young awesome talents of Elisa Galgut and Vangile Gantsho to well-known poets James Matthews, Patricia Schonstein, Kobus Moolman, Khadija Tracey Heeger and Harry Owen.In the Afrikaans section we have the heartwarming and inspiring Margot Luyt (Verse n Klink on RSG), Koos van der Merwe, Daniel Hugo, Diana Ferrus and Lara Kirsten. Last year`s winner of the Poetry Competition, Louise Westerhout will also be taking to the stage. Exciting groups that are coming are UWC poets, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement and Mothertongue. There are also immensely entertaining poets including Margaret Clough and Stephanie Saunders who will have you rolling in the aisles as they look at the lighter side of life. For a complete list of all the wonderful participating poets, go to: https://mcgregorpoetryfestival.blogspot.co.za/

 

McGregor is the perfect venue for a celebration of poetry. All the venues are in gentle walking distance from one another and include the soulful gardens of Temenos, the homely backyard D`Amphitheatre, the unique Wahnfried theatre, artist Edna Fourie`s Gallery, Flora’s Eating House and Gallery, The Green Room and The Lion House. The local social spot ‘Carol’s Pub’ will be hosting VOICES ON FIRE. While you relax and savour a local red, poets in attendance will ring a bell and read their poetry. A great way to end a stimulating and inspiring day.

 

As usual, a number of Open Mic sessions will take place during the “Poetry in McGregor” weekend. These sessions are hosted by Hugh Hodge (http://hahodge.blogspot.co.za/p/about-me.html) and no tickets or booking are required. Anyone wishing to read or recite their poetry is welcome – from the well-known to budding, new poets!

 

Open Category“Voices on Fire”Poetry Competition:Have you ever thought of writing poetry? Are you an unpublished poet? Are you over the age of 19? Then you are eligible to enter the Open Category “Voices on Fire” Poetry Competition and stand a chance of winning a trophy and a cash prize of R 7,500.00. The finalists may have the opportunity to have their poetry published in the annual “Poetry in McGregor” Anthology and their winning entries will be read during our “Poetry in McGregor” weekend.

Closing details for entries: 16h00 on Friday the 22nd JULY 2016. For more details, go to:

https://mcgregorpoetryfestival.blogspot.co.za/

 

Whether you write academic poetry, slam, rap or haiku about how much you love coffee you and your words are welcome. Come toPOETRY in McGREGOR and enjoy a wide range of poetry from the renowned voices of some of our top poets to up and coming young ‘Voices on Fire.’ Take time out to attend our OPEN MIC sessions. Laugh and cry and be taken by surprise. Be mesmerized and amazed. Delight in what it is to be human and celebrate your love for the written word.

 

Accommodation:It is advised to book accommodation in advance. See our website for options.

 

Tickets available from Computicket from mid-July.

 

Web and social media:

https://mcgregorpoetryfestival.blogspot.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/McGregorPoetry/

https://twitter.com/mcgpoetry

https://za.pinterest.com/mcgregorpoetry/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI-ksT9BcSe34670JlWXPKw/feed

 


Image credit: Daniele Debellis.

 

04 May 2016 Written by Liny Kruger Comments 0

Zimmermann in Kenia 2015 during his cycle challenge from Cairo to Cape Town.

 

Actor Ivan Zimmermann prepares for cycle challenge from Beijing to Istanbul (May to October 2016)

 

South African actor Ivan Zimmermann will depart on a cycling expedition from Beijing to Istanbul on May 14th 2016. He will be riding with 14 other cyclists that he has never met before and together they have to complete 12280km in 145 days. The travelling schedule stretches through the “Silk Route” that consists of ten countries, including China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkey. This is Zimmermann`s second similar challenge. He successfully finished a cycling trip from Cairo to Cape Town in 2015.

 

Zimmermann says: "I undertook this project because I realized that my goal is to live a purposeful, driven life. I cannot think of a better way to spend my time than to inspire and help others through my expeditions and adventures. Last year's bike ride from Cairo to Cape Town is by far the most challenging project I have ever undertaken.I never thought that I would miss my family, as well as the little things in life so much. For 121 nights I woke up more than 5 times every night. I never thought that I would lose so much weight. I never thought that I would have to ride a bike in 50 degrees. Or be blown off my bike by the wind. I never thought that I would ever go without a bath or shower for 8 days and I never anticipated that I will wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pains. After everyday`s hard riding, I also had to pitch my own tent – for 121 nights. It was extremely tough from beginning to end. But it was worth it. The expedition was a great success! I completed the trip and subsequently collected 4,500 cans of food for The Hanna Charity. Also, through our “Leaders Never Quit” campaign, I motivated many people to never give up. I was happy to be back home and decided to absolutely not do this again. But, three months later I was already planning the Silk Route expedition.”

The Silk Route journey will test Zimmermann and his co riders to the limit. Temperatures will range between minus 10 to 45 degrees and the heights they must drive through can range from 0 to 4500 meters above sea level. Zimmermann says: “I am excited to go further into colder, warmer, higher, lower temperatures and landscapes and meet more interesting people from diverse cultures.”

 

Video of the Cairo to Cape expedition 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzrNFV16Ck4

 

Videos of Zimmermann`s arrival in Cape Town after the Cairo to Cape trip last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effs9QglQ5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrA-FIPKI38

 

SAICA (South African Institute for Chartered Accountants) is one of the main sponsor for Zimmermann`s expedition. The “Leaders Never Quit” motivational program that forms an integral part of Zimmermann`s challenge, is a special incentive for SAICA`s students and members. One of the facets of the motivational program is a direct broadcast of the cycling expedition on www.ivanzimmermann.com. Willi Coates, Senior Executive: Brand says: “SAICA decided to sponsor Zimmermann on this journey, because to become a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)] involves hard work and dedication, similar to the journey Zimmermann will be embarking upon. The parallel with him cycling 9 stage of harsh terrain from Beijing to Istanbul and that of our trainees completing their journey of becoming CAs(SA) is obvious to those who have traveled this road before. Furthermore, Zimmermann is undertaking this epic ride for charity. Following SAICA`s sponsorship in the 2015 Tour d` Afrique (Cape to Cairo), his contribution has been phenomenal in terms of raising funds as well as motivating our trainees. SAICA therefore decided to invest in the campaign again in 2016.”

 

www.feesforall.org.za - Participants can pledge through the snapscan code or the sms line via these websites - Participants can start pledging from 1 May.The winner will be announced on 15 September 2016. Says Fees For All Director, Adv. Kaiél Grobler: “We believe that Zimmermann’s courage and relentless pursuit for success, will inspire and encourage students of underprivileged backgrounds to rise above their circumstances and chase their educational dreams. The campaign aims to raise awareness and help find solutions for the many struggles students in this country face. We call on South Africans to make a donation towards the cause by pledging R30. We call on everyone to help make South Africa a better place for all.”

 

Innermation is the third main sponsor for the expedition. “At Innermation we create and cultivate educational environments that are optimal to influence perceptual sets. We believe that simple but innovative educational solutions, founded on uncomplicated philosophy and universal core values, reveal the “why do we do what we do.” We develop talent. We create excitement. We communicate brands. We reveal rock stars. This is what we do.” Read more about Innermation at: http://innermation.co.za

 

“This is a dream come true” says Zimmermann. “I am fortunate to be able to embark on such wild and wonderful adventures. Follow the journey on www.ivanzimmermann.com as well as on Twitter: @IvanZimmermann1 and on Instagram: IvanZimmermann1. The live broadcast can also be followed on Periscope: @IvanZimmermann

 

“Fate loves the fearless”

- James Russell Lowell

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