A really special opportunity to visit artists in situ, in a really small group (five max).
Start at the beautifully recently converted Labotessa hotel in the corner of Church Square, with coffee and a quick visit to their penthouse suite with its stunning views and contemporary art, including by Pierre Fouché (see below). Then we’ll visit Pierre in his studio – two minutes walk away. Before going to Union House, again a few minutes walk to meet fine art mosaicists, beaders and educators at Spier Art Trust.
R400 each pre 18 Nov, then R500. Optional lunch at Haldane Martin’s beautifully “French” designed, Swan Cafe (last image), for the best gallates/crepe in town, Corner Buitenkant and Barrack St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8001
An evening with exhibiting artists whose media includes print, painting, ceramics, papier-mâché and even plants – Kate Carlyle, Kallie Doran, Amelia Jakobs, Sue Kingma, Clare Menck, Igna Schwartz, Jenee Rosse and Judy Woodborne. Haas CEO, Francois Irvine, will be creating what he calls Babette’s feast style table with a variety of traditional and not so conventional offerings (see menu below).
Haas is a large “hip space with Victorian flair” (top-rated.online) on the viby, East side of Cape Town, near the A4 Foundation, District 6 Museum and Fugard Theatre. Being a big space there is plenty of room for social distancing and good ventilation. All staff wear masks and wipe down surfaces as soon as they clear. Please remember your mask and cancel if you are ill (a full refund will be given).
This exhibition is not on for long and will be a great place to spoil yourself and buy Christmas presents – from one off jewellery to textile art – all locally and lovingly designed and made.
It will be a really special celebration – a visual and culinary treat; the artists are excited.
6pm for 6:30pm until just after 9pm but do slip away (or arrive) at a time to suit you.
Cost: R650 payable in advance.
Book soon as limited numbers. Only those who have booked and paid in advance will be able to come; it is afterall a First Thursday in Cape Town now back in action with Covid19 protocols in place.
Haas Collective, 19 Buitenkant St, District 6, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Starters served on platters while we look at the art and chat to the creatives
Bobotie cups, sweet and sour corn parcels, Arancini parmesan balls, seared tuna and watermelon skewers
Mini bruschetta with a trio of toppings – olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, caramelised onion and feta
Guests will be seated and treated to an amuse-bouche, then for mains we’ll be encouraged to try a selection of eats, some served plated, others placed on table for self service:
BBQ chicken skewers
Creamy cheese potato bake
Caramelised baby carrots
Beef peppers in a light lemony sauce
Almond and fennel rice
Salmon trout truffles
Ottolenghi style char grilled cauliflower
Steamed green vegies with toasted seeds
Chargrilled seasonal vegetables
Fresh salad of greens, asparagus, feta truffles and rosa tomatoes
NB no pork or shellfish will be used; meat is strictly halal
Dessert will be served as small bite sized morsels to encourage us to circulate and enjoy more art:
Malva pudding with clotted cream
Traditional milk tart
Vanilla cheese cakes with a berry compote
Chocolate chilli truffles
Fruit skewers with a honey/lime dressing
Plenty is gluten free and vegan but please let us know in advance dietary requirements
Escape for a day of enjoyment, exploring and education, with the passionate and brilliant Roushanna Gray of Sea & Veld. She is creating a special event for us – tracking the edible landscape and a healthy feast with botanical bubbly, in her beautiful glasshouse hidden away in a nursery. R1 200pp early bird payment pre Nov, then R1 600. Children under 12, half price.
Numbers strictly limited. Please wear a mask. Covid19 protocols eg form and temperature. Please cancel if you are unwell and we’ll refund you.
Address: Sea & Veld, Good Hope Gardens Nursery, 7976 Plateau Rd, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 7976
Be inspired and enjoy Fayruza Abrahams’ cooking, tips and stories. She’ll show us how to make samoosas, we’ll then have a chance to fold our own before we cook them to eat there, and/or take home afterwards. We’ll also mix her special sambal and learn her surprising ingredient for it. “A blast”, “so refreshing”, “such fun” and “already I’m using what I learnt, from little touches like adding cumin seeds in rice to mixing three lentils for the best veggie curry” – recent feedback.
Upcoming: Wed 25 Nov 5:30pm, Wed 2 Dec 5:30pm, Sat 12 Dec 12pm or book your own.
You decide on fish and veggie curry. Or beef and, for vegetarians, lentil bobotie. They will be served with sweet yellow rice and sambal, followed by spicy tea or peppermint tea. Fayruza will explain how she makes them and mixes spices. We’ll hear how she has travelled the world when she was an air hostess, tasting all sorts of food. She’ll also share recipes from her online tutorials and her new cook book.
Fayruza is assisted by her neice, Imaan Abrahams, also pictured below.
Afterwards there is the option to pop to Fayruza’s neighbour, Tracy Rushmere, to enjoy her colourful house and Shine Shine shop/front room. At Fayruza’s we use Shine Shine aprons which we loved so much, we decided go see her emporium for ourselves, full of colourful African infused fabrics for bags, placemats, tea towels, masks…fabulous presents and a fabulous host.
R450 pre-pay, including Fayruza’s sample spice mix to take home (R400 early bird – paying at least a fortnight in advance).
Small group, book/enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org 072 377 8014.
In her home: 5 Lion St, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town (street parking outside, don’t leave anything valuable in sight).
Please remember your mask (one will be available to buy at R50)
First Nations to democracy: three centuries of stories about the shaping of the Cape Town as we know it. Hugely knowledgeable and experienced, Lesley Cox, is leading this new walking tour. We start by the main yellow gates of the Castle of Good Hope, 9:30am and finish at 11:30am, at the Company’s Garden Restaurant.
At the Castle moat, we’ll get a sense of life before the European settlers arrived. We’ll absorb the views of the City Hall and Grand Parade, before walking to the front of City Hall where there is the newish statue of Nelson Mandela, where he gave his speech on the day of his release. Next will be Church Square, which Lesley calls the Slave Precinct. Here we’ll get an understanding of early settler life at the Cape. We’ll then stop in front of St George’s Anglican Cathedral and the segment of the Berlin Wall. Then we’ll head through Company’s Gardens. On route we will we engage with South Africa’s political history, especially when we are outside South Africa’s Parliament. We’ll pass the statues of Queen Victoria, Jan Smuts, Cecil Rhodes and World War memorials.
Lesley, with 169 reviews in TripAdvisor all five out of five, has been guiding for 18 years in and around Cape Town. She has an Honours Degree in History from the University of South Africa and specialises in walking tours in city centre. Some of you may have met Lesley as she regularly attends Culture Connect’s open tours and lectures about South African history. Lesley has just been voted onto the committee of the Simon van del Stel Foundation of Cape Town, nationally known as the Heritage Association of South Africa.
R250pp pay a week prior, or R300.
This walking city tour can be commissioned for a private tour at a mutually convenient date.
All tours will be small but please wear a mask and cancel if you are ill.
To book: click here to email email@example.com or WhatsApp/tel 072 377 8014.
Remember to wear footwear good for walking on pavements. Please dress according to the weather and, if you are likely to get thirsty or peckish, water and snacks. As with all cities around the world, please keep your phone and wallet safe during the tour; leave jewellery at home.
Images: The Castle from the Parade by TW Bowler, c1854 (from Parliament’s collection); view of Grand Parade and City Hall taken by Lesley from the top perimeter ring of the Castle; Parliament of South Africa, c1888 (from Parliament’s collection) and a detail of Lady Anne Barnard’s panoramic view from the Castle, watercolour, c1799.
Salt River is transformed every February by the annual International Public Art Festival, which creates over 100 new murals.
Exclusively for Culture Connect, our street art walking tour is led by Jason Redman, aka Dfeat, who hails from Woodstock and now lives in Kensington, Cape Town. He began street art/graffiti painting in 1999 while still at school. Jason works with both local and international street artists on projects near and far. “Practice makes perfect” was a project Dfeat started at Queenspark High School, Woodstock, to inspire students to hold fast to their aspirations. Clients include Design Indaba. a family shelter in Somerset West and Coffee Bean Routes. His work can be seen at Jason Bakery no relation btw (Bree St), Amandla Edu Football’s offices (Salt River), Elsies River (a park) and Salt River’s school.
Our route includes many different artists’ work, some by local artists over the years, others by visiting street artists from many parts of the globe. Dfeat will also tell us about his own journey and background, plus how South African graffeti differs from America’s and the transformative power of such an artform over the ages.
Timing: 10am to 12pm
Afterwards do join us for an optional lunch at Food Jams. Our host and chef will be the hugely positive, personable and popular Jade De Waal who was a MasterChef SA contestant and founded Food Jams in 2010.
Starting and ending point: Food Jams, Unit B10, 1st Floor Salt Orchard Precinct, 45 Yew St, Salt River (street parking usually not a problem, but don’t leave valuables in sight)
Please remember to wear a mask and cancel if you are sick (credit or refund).
Price: tour R300 (R250 for early bird payment a fortnight at least in advance), add R300 for lunch (includes wine and coffee); please EFT in advance – banking details will be sent on booking.
To book: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/WhatsApp +27 (0)72 377 8014
You can book this tour on a date/time to suit you – we love organising private tours.
Images: Monsieur Térez, Keng (Tolo LikaKheswa) and PILPELED; image on homepage, Jakes Mbele. Images from IPAF Festival SA 2020’s Facebook page – Irene McCullagh Photography & Laura McCullagh