To book a tour contact: +27 (0)72 377 8014
Ellerman House: art & dinner, 30 Sept & 7 Oct 2020, 6pm – 9:15pm WAITING LIST

Ellerman House: art & dinner, 30 Sept & 7 Oct 2020, 6pm – 9:15pm WAITING LIST

An exceptional opportunity for an art tour and dinner, exclusively for Culture Connect, when the hotel is closed to the public because of Covid-19. This is one of South Africa’s top, small, luxury hotels. Many say its South African art collection is one of the best in terms of its breadth and depth. It tells the story of South African art history and is beautifully placed around the hotel, garden and gallery.

We start with canapes and Brut, then enjoy a tour of the phenomenal art collection, led by Talita Swarts – one of the country’s top art guides who has been giving the tours at Ellerman House for many years. We’ll then have a sit down dinner in the contemporary Wine Gallery, an artwork in itself: See below for the exquisite menu and wine pairings.

Only a few places left – the group will be small.

R1 950 per person.

The highest Covid-19 protocols are in place but please bring your own mask.


Biltong Bitterballen, Coriander & Beer Chutney, Pipicha Powder

Parmesan Biscuit, Heirloom Tomato, Basil, Olive

Smoked Trout Rillettes, Seed Cracker, Baby Capers


Colmant Brut VN


Gamefish Tataki, Carrot Kakiage, Ulva Mayonnaise, Sauce Chirizu


Spioenkop “Queen Manthatisi” Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Robata Kingklip, Langoustine Bisque, White Mushroom Puree, Roasted Leeks


Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017


Lamb Rump Steak, Spring Peas, Parsnip, Anchovy oil, Herb & Yogurt Emulsion, Lamb Juices


Almenkerk Merlot 2015


African Tiramisu Sphere


Boschendal Vin D’Or




Delaire Graff: fine art and cuisine, Fri 30 Oct 2020, 10am – 2pm

Delaire Graff: fine art and cuisine, Fri 30 Oct 2020, 10am – 2pm

Luxury, beauty and nature – enjoy a special morning seeing art of the highest quality, followed by an exquisite Indo-Asian lunch at one of the finest wine estates in South Africa, Delaire Graff.

Our host, Tessa Blompot, will be joined by Hanlé Hill independent art guide (my point of contact for the Stellenbosch Triennial). We’re hoping we’ll see some areas that are usually no go because of international guests.

African artists in the Collection range from the big names to the new rising stars, such as Cyrus Kabiru, Zanele Muholi and Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi. Well known names include Anton Smit, William Kentridge, Dylan Lewis, Kendell Geers and Deborah Bell. Modern South African masters, working mainly in the 20th Century, include Cecil Skotnes, Vladimir Tretchikoff, Fred Schimmel and Sydney Kumalo.

The architecture is modern but sensitive to the area of outstanding natural beauty. The Owner’s Villa and six Superior Lodges opened in December 2018. Designed by South African dhk Architects, like the main buildings. They have Cape Dutch tradition, while being extremely comfortable and contemporary.

Lunch will be their Indochine restaurant, beneath the eye-catching Swallows in Flight art installation by Lionel Smit and André Stead. Head Chef Virgil Kahn subtly combines East and West flavours to create beautifully presented, delicate flavours using many locally sourced ingredients. After an amuse bouche, we’ll have a small starter, then sorbet before our main course, finishing with dessert and petit fours. A glass of the estate’s wine is included.

R950 each pre-pay by 15 Oct, then R1 100

To book:, WhatsApp/phone 072 377 8014

Address: Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch, 7602

It is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. I can arrange transport, on request. There may be opportunities to lift share.

Please bring your mask!

Cape Malay Supper & Demo/Chat, Tues 13 & 27 Oct 2020, 5:30-7:30pm

Cape Malay Supper & Demo/Chat, Tues 13 & 27 Oct 2020, 5:30-7:30pm

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.

Our supper will be beef and, for vegetarians, lentil bobotie, sweet yellow rice and sambal, followed by spicy tea or peppermint tea.  Fayruza will explain how she made the boboties, enhances boiled rice and mixes spices. We’ll hear how she has traveled the world when she was an air hostess, tasting all sorts of local dishess. She’ll also share recipes from her online tutorials and her new cook book.

“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” – feedback from September’s two evenings.

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.

Small group, book/enquiries: 072 377 8014.

In her home: 5 Lion St, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town (street parking outside, don’t leave anything valuable in sight).

Alternative dates can be arranged; four guests minimum.

Please remember your mask (one will be available to buy at R50)

Cape Town’s Docks by Brian Ingpen, Tues 20 Oct, 1-2pm

Cape Town’s Docks by Brian Ingpen, Tues 20 Oct, 1-2pm

Brian is the expert on Cape Town’s shipping history and widely revered in South Africa’s maritime world. For all his career he has been in the maritime world here. He co-founded the Simon’s Town Lawhill Maritime Centre, although he has recently retired, he remain actively involved. Many know his name from his weekly shipping column for the Cape Times. He is just finishing off his book, called Cape Town’s Dockland, which will available next year when we hope he’ll lead a tour for us there. He was the guest speaker for our tour at the Belmond Mount Nelson last year. – Part of his talk for us will include Union-Castle Line and its connection to the hotel.

This is the first time Brian has given this talk online. Please do join us. There will plenty of time for questions – it is a rare opportunity to find out about all about this vitally important and historic part of Cape Town. to book; R60 each free for full time students, unemployed and Culture Connect collaborators

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Three talks Fourth Modern Movement 101, Gabriël Fagan & Pius Pahl by Prof Arthur Barker, Thurs 15, 22 & 29 Oct 2020

Three talks Fourth Modern Movement 101, Gabriël Fagan & Pius Pahl by Prof Arthur Barker, Thurs 15, 22 & 29 Oct 2020

One intro talk on Modernism (15 Oct), then two by Prof Arthur Barker – Gawie Fagan (22 Oct) and Pius Pahl (29 Oct). All 5:30pm – 6:30pm SA time.

Gabriël (Gawie) Fagan (born 1925). Gawie’s residential work, the subject of Arthur’s doctorate, is widely admired for its synthesis of the local Cape vernacular with aspects of the Modern Movement. Many regard Gawie as one of South Africa’s leading architects. He still lives in the home he designed for his family in the mid 1960s, Die Es (“The Hearth”). It is hugely admired by architects and design writers, locally and internationally. Gawie started out as an architect for Volkskas Bank (now ABSA) and designed 50 banks for the next 10 years. In 1964 he founded his own practice in Cape Town, “specialising in designing contemporary buildings and landscapes in sensitive contexts” to quote the website. He is most proud of his restoration work at Tulbagh, after the 1969 earthquake. (His many projects include Castle of Good Hope, Boschendal, Cape Point Entrance Gate and Chauvonnes Battery).

For his next talk, Arthur will focus on Pius Pahl (1909 – 2003). He was at the Bauhaus when it closed in 1933 and Mies van der Rohe was the architectural director. After World War 2 Pius started his own practice in Ludwigshafen and Mainz. He married a South African and in 1952 they moved to the Western Cape; he ran his own practice in Stellenbosch. To quote the FT Pius was “one of the longest-surviving students of the original Bauhaus [and designed St Martini in the late 1950s], one of the largest apartment complexes in central Cape Town…regarded as one of the finest works of the Louis Karol architectural practice, for whom Pahl worked on the design.” Architect and Senior Lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Dr Rudolf Perold will talk briefly about St Martini Gardens, where he lives.

Arthur Barker works at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Architecture where he co-ordinates the Professional Masters programme and the Heritage and Cultural Landscapes Research field. His main research interest is the architecture of South Africa, and in particular, the Fourth Modern Movement. For the Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II’s Dipartimento di Architettura, Arthur has just finished a chapter on Pius Pahl for an Italian publisher, Clean Edizioni.

This Zoom series follows the success of Culture Connect’s on Brutalism in July; speakers included Catherine Croft, Director 20th Century Society (UK), Martin Kruger, architect and urbanist based in Cape Town and Dr Gabriele Neri (Switzerland). See Culture Connect’s YouTube Channel to watch these. The first was an introduction by Culture Connect’s Kate Crane Briggs, who will also do a 101 on Modernism on Thurs 15 Oct, a week before Arthur’s first talk on Gawie Fagan on Thurs 22 Oct 2020 and Pius Pahl on the following Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm South African time

Cost: R60 each (R100 for the two or R150 for three); free for full time students, unemployed and Culture Connect collaborators

To book please email or WhatsApp/SMS +27 (0)72 377 8014

Bank details will be emailed for EFT; for payment by credit card (in any currency), please click here and add R10 for admin and bank fees.

Architects can get CPD points through watching these and answering questions afterwards, organised by InDetail, for an extra charge.

Images: Gawie Fagan’s own house, Camps Bay (image from Pinterest –; Pius Pahl’s drawing for a block of flats in Clifton, Cape Town; students dormitory of the Bauhaus school by Walter Gropius 1926 Pinterest and Arthur Barker (University of Pretoria’s website).