Date: 6th September 2013 to 8th September 2013
The historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh will host its 3rd annual Spring Arts Festival on the weekend of 6 – 8 September 2013.
The festival offers a relaxed weekend where music in the classical, jazz, blues and cabaret genres, art exhibitions and literary discussions may be enjoyed in a lovely Boland village blessed with excellent restaurants, award-winning wines and other local produce against a backdrop of spectacular mountain views.
Tulbagh, the third oldest town in South Africa set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, has always been associated with the finer things in life - art, music, architecture. Indeed Church Street, with its 32 buildings painstakingly restored after the devastating earthquake of 1969, is today the largest concentration of National Monuments in a single street in South Africa!
It is therefore fitting to celebrate the history and beauty and showcase the talents of the people of the Tulbagh Valley by staging an arts festival to coincide with the wonder of the Spring wildflowers, which include several varieties of rare indigenous bulbs that bloom only in this fertile valley.
A number of art exhibitions will be staged in art galleries, private homes and wine estates in and around Tulbagh. Artists who will be involved in this year’s festival include Solly Smook, Jan du Toit, Kevin Stanley, Kobus Walker and others. Tulbagh’s local artists - including Vasek Matousek, Tina Nel and Rochelle Beresford among others - will display their latest works in their studios.
Visitors will be treated to a veritable music fest with artists such as Albert Frost and the Blues Broers, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, esteemed soprano Magdalene Minnaar, the jazz ensemble Saxit, pianists Francois du Toit and Jose Dias, cabaret diva Daniele Pascal and Die Jaloersbokkies, guitar virtuoso Loki Rothman, to name but a few.
Local artists such as the Witzenbergies, the AmaWolseley Marimba Band and the Tulbagh Crusaders will also perform at the festival.
Bookworms can enjoy a wide range of topical talks, book reviews and panel discussions, as well as book readings by master storytellers such as Alta Cloete, Kristel Loots, Charnette Paul and Elsa Winckler, who will also be reviewing their latest publications and sharing tips of their trade with readers.
One of the more unusual highlights of the festival will be award-winning journalist Carla van der Spuy discussing her book on criminals, “Man or Monster” at the Obiqua Prison in Tulbagh. The objective is to showcase the facility and also encourage inmates to read and learn whilst incarcerated. Guests will share breakfast with the inmates and also be entertained by the Obiqua Prison choir.
The festival also incorporates wine tastings at some of the top wine estates in the Cape Winelands, an art and crafts market, food stalls, live entertainment at participating restaurants and entertainment for children.
For further information visit www.tulbaghspringsartsfestival.co.za or contact
Tulbagh Tourism on 023 230 1348.