This summer the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl once again promises a variety of entertainment for the whole family at their Garden Theatre Picnic Series. The theatre is located on the lawn right at the foot of the monument.
“Our picnics are safe, fun and affordable,” says Jack Louw, Director of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en monument. “We would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy our picnic series and thereby support our reading project for children.”
This year the series includes Picnic Flicks, with the Western Cape première of the movie ‘Anderkant die stilte’ on Friday, November 14, at 8pm. The movie won four awards at the Monaco International Film Festival. Singers Jody Williams and Carla Conradie will perform an opening act. Tickets are R90 (which includes popcorn), available at www.webtickets.co.za, as well as the Taalmonument.
The Picnic Concert Series starts on December 27 with The Psychedelic Theatre’s fire dancers who will perform their Dance of the Flames. Other concerts include The Rockets (January 31), Bobby van Jaarsveld (February 27), Afrikaaps (March 13) and Karen Zoid (March 20). On December 31 the Monument will host its first New Year’s Eve Picnic, with a cannon firing at 12am.
The monthly Full-moon picnics, held for the seventh season, are scheduled for December 6 (with Father Christmas), January 3, February 6 and March 7. The usual entrance fee of R20 for adults, R10 for
South African students and R5 for children (free under six years) will apply.
At the Stargazing picnics visitors can discover the night skies through telescopes. The picnics will take place on November 22 (“Marching to Mars” theme), December 13 (“The Cape Clouds”), January 17 (“The Summer Hunting Scene”), February 21 (“Cosmic Matrimonial Dance”) and March 21 (“The Southern Cross and nine stars”). The stargazing picnics are held for the sixth season this year – in collaboration with the Orion Observation Group (OOG), an informal stargazing club from the Boland.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or they can order one from Volksmond Coffee Shop (call 021 863 2800). Coffee, beer, wine and light refreshments will be for sale.
* Tickets for the concerts and flicks are pre-sold at www.webtickets.co.za as well as at the Taalmonument. Tickets for the Full-moon and Stargazing picnics are only available at the gate. Bookings are essential for Stargazing Picnics, to ensure enough telescopes.
From December to March the Taalmonument is open until 8pm daily. For more information, call 021 863 4809/0543 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za.