What do you have planned for September 24, otherwise known as Heritage Day; otherwise known as Braai Day? Unsure? Well, we’ve compiled a list of tantalizing events scheduled for the day that should open up some options if you’re still in the dark as to what to do.
Passing the baton onto a new generation
Local maestro, Camillo Lombard and veteran actor/director Basil Appollis have teamed up once again to salute and celebrate the music of some of Cape Town’s legendary musicians.
‘Legends Passing the Baton II’ is to be staged at the Artscape Theatre on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24.
The show was born out of a need to showcase stories and work of local heroes and icons with a special focus on passing the knowledge and expertise on to the younger generation.
“Each of the legends we pay tribute to warrants a whole show of their own”, says Appollis.
Top jazz trumpeter, Ian Smith will be passing his baton to Marco Maritz, while Afro jazz vocalist Sylvia Mdunyelwa will pass hers on to Fancy Galada and all-round entertainer and costume diva, Sophia Foster’s will go to Abigail Bagley. Terry Fortune’s will go to Alex Tabisher and Ebrahim Khalil Shihab’s to Ramon Alexander.
‘Legends Passing the Baton II’ will see Cape Town band TopDog SA give the music of legends a new treatment. The band features Donveno Prins on sax, Mark Williams on Guitar, Lombard on piano and synth, Charlton Daniels on Bass and Mornay Hoffmeester on drums.
Comedian Mel Jones will be holding everything together as narrator and MC.
Tickets are R100 and can be booked via Computicket, or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
Constantia Glen to light the fire
The folks at Constantia Glen will be prepping the coals this Heritage Day for a sizzling braai platter for two, so head over to the picturesque boutique wine estate on Saturday, September 24.
Indulge in a generous braai platter of spit braai lamb, boerewors, homemade potato salad and braai bread. Ideal for sharing, the platter is available from 12pm until 3pm at R290.
The popular selection of cheese and charcuterie platters, Mediterranean salad or their proudly South African biltong and droëwors – ideal pre-braai morsels – will also be available on Heritage Day in addition to the special braai platter.
For reservations, call 021 795 5639; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.constantiaglen.com.
Take a journey through the tastes and flavours of SA
GrandWest will be paying homage to the diversity of tastes and flavours that make up South African cuisine with a special culinary experience, Taste the World GrandWest Heritage Day, on September 24. Guests will be taken on a journey of the cuisines that give South African food its character: from traditional South African fare and Indian curry, to Asian and Italian dishes.
The food journey starts in Jackson Hall, GrandWest with registration at 12pm and will take guests on a meander through six restaurants where they will enjoy different dishes. Guests will experience boboti and an Amarula shooter at the Quarterdeck Restaurant; sushi and sparkling wine at Cape Town Fish Market; chicken chow mein and Chinese tea at Beijing Orchid; pizza and wine at Casa Bella; three variants of tapas at The Hussar Grill; and Lababda chicken curry and wine at Bukhara.
The Taste the World GrandWest Heritage Day experience will also include entertainment representing various cultures. These include African face painting, henna tattoos, Zulu dancers, Bollywood dancers, Chinese dragon dancers, Chinese fan dancers, Cape “coons” and a brass band.
Limited tickets are available for ages 18 years and older and can be purchased at the GrandWest Cash Desk for R180 per person.
Iziko puts the focus on culture
Culture buffs can spend the whole of Heritage Week (until September 25) at Iziko museums, as the organisation activates all 11 of their sites, including: Iziko South African Museum, Iziko South African Museum Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, Iziko Groot Constantia, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Iziko Koopmans-de Wet, Iziko Maritime Centre, and Iziko Rust en Vreugd.
“Heritage week is one of the most important commemorative day campaigns for Iziko. It speaks directly to our core business of conserving and keeping our heritage alive, as well as, engendering respect for our diverse heritage,” says Langelihle Dube of the Marketing and Communications Department.
On Heritage Day, September 24, Iziko will host a fun-filled programme of events and activities. Additionally, the organization is offering free entrance to all Iziko Museums during Heritage Week, with the exception of the Castle of Good Hope. (This year the Planetarium will be closed due to a much anticipated digital upgrade.)
Take a trip down memory lane
Nederburg in Paarl invites inquisitive minds to come look beyond the surface to discover its rich and layered history on Heritage Day.
True to tradition, The Red Table restaurant, situated in the historic Nederburg manor house, will be offering a heritage feast fit for South Africans. Treat yourself to a refreshing glass of Nederburg Cuvée Brut on arrival, while snacking on farm-fresh flat bread and artisanal cheeses, olives, basil pesto, cream cheese and sundried tomatoes. The main meal promises to delight with chimichurru beef rump, venison sausage, wild Atlantic prawns prepared with garlic and lemon butter, spicy chicken wings, summer vegetables and triple-baked potatoes. The finale will be a selection of rich mini desserts.
Heritage Day at Nederburg costs R350 per adult, and R150 per child younger than 13. The cost excludes beverages and service charge.
The event starts at 12pm.
Call 021 877 5155 to book; or send an e-mail to email@example.com.