Where: out of town – various locations in Franschhoek When: mid-May Tel & website: 021 876 2861/www.flf.co.za Novelists, publishers and hordes of bibliophiles from here and abroad converge on the touristy but oh-so-lovely town of Franschhoek during this relatively new literary festival started by award-winning author Christopher Hope. Apart from book and poetry readings, there are also plays and music to help set the cultured mood.
Cheese and cheer abound at this outdoorsy bacchanal of gourmet food and fine wines. The festival features a marquee brimming with cheesy delights and a live music area – a must for cheese-lovers.
Where: City Centre When: 1-2 Jan There’s something about the luminous multi-coloured satin suits and frenetic banjo-strumming of the Cape Minstrels that puts Capetonians in the party mood. The tradition has roots in the practices associated with slavery, when 2 January was given as a holiday to the slaves. Today singers and musicians still march through the streets of the Mother City (usually along Wale Street) complete with face paint, twirling parasols and some infectious beats, while ringing in the tweede nuwejaar (second new year).
Where: Artscape Theatre When: 25 April – 1 May 2019 Tel & website: 021 421 7839/021 406 2835/www.artscape.co.za / www.suidoosterfees.co.za A multicultural festival named after the Mother City’s feisty south-easterly wind, which is famous for playing havoc on the streets, chasing runaway skirts and acrobatic plastic bags. The festival aims to promote the art world’s Big Five – dance, music, theatre, film and fine art. Offerings range from mainstream to arthouse with a special focus on productions in Afrikaans.
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18 Dec 2016 | Sea Point
21 Nov – 11 Dec | Various venues
2 – 4 Dec 2016 | Lamberts Bay
November – December 2016 | Various locations
11-13 November 2016 | Silwerstroom