Bilqees Baker, Bo-Kaap resident and activist, will lead her popular Culture Connect Bo-Kaap walking tour, including going inside South Africa’s oldest mosque and the kramats/cemetery. We’ll stop by community projects, the coloured houses and spice shop. Commentary will include slave history, property challenges and Muslims traditions here. With, of course, time for your questions.
Afterwards, there is the option of a Cape Malay lunch by Fayruza Abrahams in her home, 5 Lion St which has been in her family for generations and which she shares with her brother and daughter. Our menu will include wheat-free chilli bites, veg curry, roti’s, sambal, chutney, rice and koesisters, with spiced tea and freshly favoured water. Her cooking is world famous thanks to the popularity of her Airb&b experiences. Fayruza will tell us about the spices she uses, tips about cooking Cape Malay style and her own foodie journey which spans the time when she was an air hostess to recipes from her grandmother.
Given the precautions against the spread of the Covid 19, the date is yet to be confirmed.
Time: 10am -12pm or 1:30pm if staying on for lunch
Cost: R250 early birds, then R350; add R250 for Cape Malay lunch afterwards
Meeting point: Tana Baru (old cemetery and shrines/kramats) outside the main entrance, Dawes St, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, 8001
If you would like your own bespoke Bo-Kaap tour contact email@example.com | 072 377 8014 (whatsapp/phone) or be hosted for a Cape Malay lunch, high tea or supper, perhaps including a cooking demonstration/lesson (making samosa’s is fun!).
For a focus on urban design and the built environment (past and present), architect and UCT lecturer Sadiq Toffa leads a Culture Connect Bo-Kaap. Sadiq was brought up in the Bo-Kaap. He is the South African co-ordinator for the World Monuments Fund for threatened cultural heritage sites of global significance. He also is a trustee of the Tana Baru Trust, with responsibility for heritage. While the Bo-Kaap now has heritage overlay protection, huge issues remain about high rise developments. Please ask if you would like this tour.
Our outside walking tour begins at Yes Ma’am, Shelley Rd, Salt River, led by street artist and educator Jason Redman (Dfeatonce).
Salt River’s street art has been transformed since 2017 by the annual International Public Art Festival, which creates over 100 murals every February.
Dfeat began street art/graffiti painting in 1999 while at high school. He has worked with both local and international street artists on projects and festivals nationally. “Practice makes perfect” was a project Dfeat started at Queenspark High School, Woodstock, to inspire students to hold fast to their aspirations. He teaches art to primary school children, including at Design Indaba 2010. 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, of course, the streets of Salt River. Jason leads tours for Coffee Bean Routes‘ international clients. He assisted Mak1one’s Street Art Culture Connect in January.
Timing: 10am to 12:15pm
Afterwards do join us for an optional lunch at Food Jams, Unit B10, 1st Floor Salt Orchard Precinct, 45 Yew St. 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.
Date: to be confirmed post COVID-19 pandemic precautions
Price: tour R300 early bird, then R450, add R250 for lunch (includes wine and coffee)
Interested in coming: firstname.lastname@example.org +27 (0)72 377 8014
For groups of eight minimum, request another date for your own tour and lunch or supper.
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
Lady Anne’s watercolours, diaries and letters provide unparalleled insights into Cape Town during the beginning of the British occupation, despite being here for only four and a half years (1797 – 1802). Former director of the Press and Professor of English emeritus at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, Greg Clingham (pictured below) will give an illustrated talk, exclusively for Culture Connect when he is next visiting Cape Town. This was scheduled for April but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venue: Vineyard Hotel which includes the house Lady Anne had built and lived in, briefly with her husband who was Secretary to the Cape colony. (Near to the talk is a permanent exhibition about the Barnards.) Our host is Ariadne Petousis, whose family owns the hotel.
Time: 6:30pm to 7:45pm, with an optional dinner at the Vineyard afterwards.
Cost: R200 early, then R250, R350 for cash on the night. Price includes refreshments and a full briefing, including suggested reading list. Dinner at your own expense.
This event was scheduled during lock down; a new date will be when Prof Clingham is visiting Cape Town again.
Image above: part of the panorama painted by Lade Anne from the Castle of Good Hope.
Parliament’s art and architecture speak to South Africa’s colonial history, mining prosperity, Apartheid and democracy. For this exclusive Culture Connect our, Lila Komnick is our host and guide. She has worked for Parliament for over three decades – starting as a Hansard reporter and, since it inception, the Artworks Office. She is joined by former MP Peter Soal. He will share memories of working in Parliament in the final days of Apartheid (he was part of the opposition). Kate Crane Briggs, Culture Connect’s founder, will be co-leading.
We will go inside the main assembly chambers (South Africa’s tricameral parliament of three legislative chambers was unique), walk the corridors of power and see behind the scenes, including the art store which has work ranging from a large print by William Kentridge to top portraitists of their day. We’ll also see the 120m long Keiskamma Tapestry telling the story of the Eastern Cape, including South Africa’s first democratic elections (see image below). This contrasts with the small Africana artworks, including South African animals now extinct by François Levaillant, the noted French ornithologist, author, explorer, naturalist and zoological collector.
Lunch afterwards, optional, round the corner in a private venue, 6 Spin St – hosted by Robert Mulders, with De Meye wine (the building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, like some of Parliament).
Cost: R550 early bird, then R700 includes lunch and info pack (tour only half price R275/R350)
A scan/photo of your ID/passport, plus ID/passport number, are needed a week in advance
Meeting point: Parliament’s Visitor Centre 120 Plein Street, Cape Town, 8000 (opposite Botha large horse bronze statue)
Next date being finalised for mid year. But Culture Connect can organise a private, bespoke tour for you.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor Dylan Lewis leads Culture Connectors on a serene and stunning sculpture garden, just outside Stellenbosch.
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: R700 with lunch afterwards | Half price for the tour only
Venue: Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, Paradyskloof Rd, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch,
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Landscape architect Clare Burgess provides a walking tour of Company’s Garden along with the esteemed arborist, Riaan van Zyl.
Lunch thereafter includes fynbos flavoured meals by Ansia Jonck on your own account.
Date: likely to be in Sept 2020
Venue: Heritage Shop Visitor Centre, 15 Queen Victoria Street
Cost: R200 very early bird, then R250 pre-pay, then R350 for payment on the day
Time: 10am – 12pm
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