Take a trip around our city with me as I take a gander at some of the most exciting events currently on, as well as ones on the horizon. Get out there and enjoy what Cape Town is serving up.
Go car-free for water security
Observatory, Salt River, Woodstock and District Six will become a car-free corridor for residents and visitors to enjoy as shared public space on Sunday, February 25, between 9am and 2pm; through 3km of the M4 (Main, Victoria and Sir Lowry Roads).
The theme for the day is “Coming together to create solidarity around the water crisis”. It will be an opportunity for citizens to engage in constructive conversation and action about how we can all work together to reduce our water consumption. This will be in the form of playful activities, creative showcases and simple discussions.
Among other water-related activities, WWF South Africa will host a “Water Wise Hub”; the Cape Town Science Centre will host a “Hack the Water Crisis” event; ActionArte Foundation SA will be putting on a circus/theatre performance around the theme of water; and Miss Earth South Africa and Explore4Knowledge will co-host the “WATER Cape Town” awareness campaign. The City of Cape Town will also have water-saving information available at the Open Streets information booth for everyone taking part.
This means some restrictions will be in place for motorised vehicles, including public transport. Between Russell Street and Salt River Road there will be no vehicular access, and between Salt River Road and Groote Schuur Drive, the inbound lanes will be closed with the outbound lanes accommodating contraflow motorised traffic in both directions. There will be full access to Groote Schuur Hospital.
Ancient art of weaving on display
The Cape Guild of Weavers is holding their biannual Exhibition of Work 2018 until March 3, at the 6 Spin Street Restaurant/Gallery in Cape Town, which is housed in a historical 1903 Herbert Baker building on Church Square. Spin Street is one of the oldest streets in Cape Town with fascinating historical connections.
Visitors will be able to see examples of a wide range of fibre crafts such as woven, knitted and spun items, as well as eco-dyed textiles and felting. This will be the ideal opportunity to buy a unique handmade item – a rug, scarf or article of clothing – as an array of work will be on sale.
Guild members will be giving demonstrations of weaving, braiding, felting and spinning and visitors are welcome to try their hand at these fascinating crafts.
A flash mob of spindle spinners will be spinning on Church Square at 6pm on Thursday, March 1, so go along and join in or watch this ancient craft in practice.
As part of promoting craft and history, the guild will be leading groups to view the Keiskamma Tapestry displayed at Parliament and to the textile archives at Iziko. (For more details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Harvest time at Ommiberg
The Paarl OmmiBerg Harvest Celebration takes place on Saturday, March 3, from 10am to 5pm and marks one of the most important events in the Cape Winelands – the annual harvesting of the grapes. This year’s OmmiBerg pays homage to all things harvest and visitors can expect a fun-filled day of activities to suit the whole family.
So get your harvest groove on and head to this beautiful Boland region. Participating Paarl Wine Route members Boland Kelder, Domaine Brahms, Landskroon, Mellasat, Perdeberg, Rhebokskloof, Ridgeback and Windmeul are all planning a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. The programme includes special harvest activities such as grape stomping and barrel rolling, cellar tours, unique tastings of the region’s award-winning wines, music, food and wine promotions. Most venues are child-friendly with specific activities to cater for young visitors.
For fitness freaks, there is the early morning Run the Vines trail run at Ridgeback. Enjoy the freshest local produce from Windmeul’s Parskuip Neighbourhood Market and the monthly Farmer’s Market.
Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za at R150 per person (over 18) or R180 at the gates on the day. Children under 18 accompanied by an adult enter for free.
GoodLuck and The Kiffness at Kirstenbosch
SAMA award-winning electronic trio GoodLuck, along with friends The Kiffness, will perform for the first time to an expected sold-out audience on Sunday, March 4, at the popular Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series. “We are so excited that this day has finally come,” says vocalist Juliet Harding. “It has been a long journey, we have waited 7 years to be billed on the Kirstenbosch Sunday concert lineup, and it means so much to us that we get to perform in the most beautiful venue in the world for our hometown crowd.”
The picturesque venue is well known for its iconic Sunday concerts on the lawn with some of the country’s top acts as well an array of international artists who have performed at Kirstenbosch. GoodLuck join some of the world’s biggest acts like Jungle, Bastille, Texas, Xavier Rudd, Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Groban and many more.
“We are pulling out all the stops for this show” says producer Ben Peters, “We are ready with a production and concert like nothing you have ever seen before from GoodLuck. We are also super excited to be sharing the stage with our good friends, The Kiffness.”
Visit www.webtickets.co.za to book.
Muratie Harvest Festival
There are enchanting places where one can escape life’s hustle and bustle, and Muratie is one of those magical treasures. It is hidden away in Knorhoek valley, with a perfect view of Table Mountain. Visitors can look forward to beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings, crumbling statues, antique wine-making equipment, and the quaint tasting room with its cobwebs, stained glass windows and art, are all set in a secret garden.
The Melck family will once again be hosting their annual Harvest Festival at Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday, March 10. The Festival, which takes place under the ancient oaks that guard this historic wine estate, is a celebratory family event featuring good food, fine wine, great company, live music and lots of fun stomping the newly-harvested grapes.
On arrival, after a welcoming drink, visitors are bound to want to join in the fun and laughter “stomping” grapes, and taste Muratie’s varietals. Tractor Rides through the vineyards will take place at set times for the young and young at heart.
Thereafter, a long lazy alfresco lunch, prepared by Muratie’s Farm Kitchen, will follow accompanied by Muratie wines. Then relax and savour a memorable afternoon of live music performed by the popular Kitchen Jammin Blues Band.
For more information and bookings, call 021 865 2330/2336; send an email to email@example.com; or visit www.muratie.co.za.
Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo
Imagine rows and rows of all things bike, fitness and health; a place where cycling enthusiasts can find specials on spares, discounts on kit and info on new cycle safaris; where riders in the Cape Town Cycle Tour can get a medical checkup from the Momentum Wellness stand, a sports massage and of course collect their race packs ahead of the Cycle Tour on Sunday, March 11.
The 28th Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo is the biggest cycling exhibition in Africa. Held at the Cape Town Stadium from March 8 to March 10, it offers more than 300 stands showcasing the latest and greatest in cycling gear and paraphernalia. Whether you’re riding the Cycle Tour or not, if you’re an avid cyclist or a weekend fun-rider this should be of interest to you. All Cycle Tour participants will gain a once-off Expo entry with a scan of their RaceTec chip. General admission tickets for the public are also available at R50 per person.
In addition to boosting the economy of Cape Town, the Expo gives some of those charities reliant on the Cycle Tour, a platform from which to spread their message and raise awareness of their projects.