10 Reasons to come to Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2019 More than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world will be taking part in the upcoming Investec Cape Town Art Fair, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 to 17 February 2019. The Cape Town art scene, currently one of the fastest-growing in the world, is a compelling destination for the expected 18 000 visitors, collectors, galleries, curators, artists and art journalists from around the globe. Local and international visitors will descend on the mother city to see work that represents the forefront of contemporary art, live performances, attend talks, soak up the sun and create connections at the forefront of the contemporary art world. Now in its seventh edition, organizers of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 have once again pulled out all the stops to ensure that visitors view the best of contemporary African, and international art and that the experience doesn’t stop at the CTICC doors. Enter ten must-see experiences centred on the artists’, galleries and exhibitions taking place at Investec Cape Town Art Fair and beyond. 1. TALK TALK Aficionados and neophytes gather for deliberations at Investec Cape Town Art Fair where the Talks Programme turns towards the mid 21st Century, an epoch of schismatic change and undefined perspectives. The panel “Curating in the 21st Century” will feature esteemed scholars and curators from diverse localities to unpack the state of exhibition making today. Participants include Renaud Proch Director of Independent Curators International, New York City who will be joined by Chief curator Khwezi Gule of Jo’burg Art Gallery. This panel will anchor the series of talks touching on everything new, safe and unchartered in the art world. Collecting digital arts is another topic that is growing popularity in this information age. Tegan Bristow, Head of Digital media at Wits University, will bring together a host . . .
JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
The Paarl Harvest Celebration (previously known as the Ommiberg Festival) on 2 March is the ideal event to entice family and friends to head out to the beautiful Boland, and enjoy an entertainment filled line-up while savouring delicious food and wine. Boland Cellar is once again partnering with other wine producers in the region to make the annual harvest celebration a memorable affair, treating visitors to a family-fun day with activities to suit every individual’s preferences. Guests can look forward to starting the harvest season in the Cape Winelands to the sounds of Newton and Co. and Andriëtte Moolman; while enjoying young wine tastings and refreshing wine slushies. Kids can enjoy the supervised play area while parents and other wine lovers browse the day’s wine specials at the tasting room. Food trucks boasting the latest food trends and delicious eats are on standby to satisfy both peckish and more substantial appetites. Tickets are available at the entrance on the day from 10h00 at R60 per person and includes a wine glass and wine tasting. No alcohol for sale to children under 18. For more information contact Henda Lotter at 021 872 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates follow @BolandCellar on Facebook and Twitter and @bolandcellarwine on Instagram. Visit http://www.bolandcellar.co.za for more information. Boland Cellar is located on Noord-Agter Paarl Road, Northern Paarl, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. GPS coordinates: S33° 41’ 19.6’’; E018° 57’ 20.1’’ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Grande Provence Harvest Festival is a barrel of family fun - Saturday, 23 February 2019, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek February is harvest time in the winelands and the perfect time for Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 23 February 2019. Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of the Kaapse Klopse in the vineyards followed by a harvest table heavily laden with delicious fare and the chilled sounds of live contemporary music. With plenty of action for the children including a jumping castle, face painting, a variety of lawn games and tractor rides, adults can look forward to a laid back day of country food, fine wines and a cellar tour and tasting. Festivities kick off at 10h00. Tickets for the festival are priced at R650 for adults and R325 for children under 12. Booking is essential. For more information call: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com Diary listing information: Date: 23 February 2019 Time: from 10h00 – 15h00 Cost: R650 pp & R325 for children under 12. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/-LyKaL7KLqA On 27 December 2018 whilst on a long 15 Kilometer beach run between Kleinemond and Fish River Sun, CEO of Beyond Africa The Mantis Collection - Paul Gardiner, came upon a beached Commons Dolphin. Running through a cleansing African Storm, Paul came upon the struggling beached dolphin. "The dolphin was clearly alive and I was alone on a rainy beach and, despite that, I decided to jump in and try to get him back in the water," explained Paul. "I struggled for about an hour to save this magnificent creature and propped my cellphone on the sand to capture the footage, hoping that the ending would be a triumph," said Gardiner. Being alone Gardiner was prudent in not going too deep into the water for fear of being sucked out in the rip tide. Frustratingly the dolphin kept beaching himself each time Paul floated him out, probably exhausted the dolphin kept on being swept back to shore by the waves. With darkness descending Paul had to cease his rescue attempts and leave the dolphin to the sometimes cruel forces of nature. A clearly emotional Gardiner said his goodbyes and allowed nature to take it's course. The dolphin was young and looked healthy and one always wonders why a single dolphin ends up beaching itself. The first thought is always that man has somehow contributed to the demise of our precious marine animals. Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100 000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a food. Plastic is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins in all the oceans of the world. "Mantis is very keen to support and get behind any Mantis Marine Activity that will highlight the fragility of our oceans, in association with our friends Rainer and Silke Schimpf from AB Marine and Expert Tours. One of the ways is via a proposed Whale Sculpture to be a receptacle of plastic waste on the beachfront. This . . .
DarkFEST Episode III - Return of the Send Vuurberg Farm, Stellenbosch - We’re calling on you to join the action as DarkFEST announces its return to South Africa for the third episode of pure freeride mountain biking mayhem. All set to hit Stellenbosch in February 2019, DarkFEST is an action-packed event, with huge sends, brutal slams and massive hits with the best crew in MTB. Fronted by bossman Same Reynolds and his legendary build team consisting of Belgian trail building specialist Nico Vink and all-round Austrian powerhouse Clemens Kaudela, all have one common goal, to go bigger than ever before, if that's even possible. The year of 2019 is set to be kicked off in high gear, with some gnarly new additions planned to this already mammoth course. Sam and the boys will begin remodelling the Vuurberg farm in early January to prepare for the arrival of the invited riders and the insanity that’s sure to follow. DarkFEST dates will run through the first week of February 2019 with more public days and additional viewing sessions throughout. If you can make it out to Stellenbosch to witness the shred, bookmark the 8th and 9th of February in your calendars. The public days at DarkFEST don't disappoint either, if you want to get a taste of the excitement. "We're inviting some of the worlds best riders again, many returning faces from last year and maybe a couple other legends as well," - Sam Reynolds. The full list of riders is to be announced soon. For now we can confirm: Sam Reynolds (GB) Adolf Silva (ES) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom Vam Steenbergen (CAN) Brendan Faiclough (GB) Theo Erlangson (ZA) "We always want to make it bigger and better and it was already pretty damn big and pretty damn good last year, so it's going to be a real challenge to make something better than that. We are totally up for it and I know I've got the two guys for the job!" Sam Reynolds. So there you have it, the 2019 edition of DarkFEST is locked and loaded and . . .
Cape Town, 03 December 2018 –- The Cape Town Burns Club’s 25th annual Dinner on 9th February next year is already shaping up to break its own record as the biggest and best on the African continent and beyond. ‘Burns Night’ is a global phenomenon where Scots and their friends celebrate the life and works of Scotland's most famous poet and writer, Robert Burns (1759-1796) and all good things Scottish. This includes lots of tartan, whisky, haggis, bagpipes, some great speeches, song, dance and more. The 2019 milestone Dinner at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands will no doubt be the usual sell-out event, but this time with added impetus from generous sponsors, a show-stopping display by the Drums and Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders and Ceòl Mhor Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kaylee’) Band. Burns – the ‘people’s poet’ - was a humanitarian who stood for social justice and gender equality and was the creator of some of the most iconic songs, sayings and writings in the English and most other languages used worldwide today. His Auld Lang Syne is believed to be sung in more dialects on more occasions than any other on the planet. Typically, in Cape Town there is an African twist... Event Director, Scots-born Claire Alexander, says ‘Cape Town Burns Night is a unique celebration of Robert Burns, the spirit of Scottish culture and the ever-strong fundamental links between Scotland and South Africa. Over the years, Dinner guests have evolved from a purely Scottish crowd to an event which in 2018 welcomed 15 different nationalities to Burns Night and the evening had a younger feel, with a distinctly Mother City heartbeat. It’s remarkable how one man’s words have created an immortal legacy of kindness and unity.’ Award winning radio personality, Guy McDonald of Magic 828 Am will once again host this special anniversary event. The evening has a strong charitable ethos, raising substantial amounts spent to the last cent on humanitarian causes that include a children’s home . . .
The Takealot Tour of Good Hope's elevation to UCI status for 2019 will ensure that one of South Africa's premier road tours is a drawcard for local and international competitors. It is the first time that the five-day race, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8, will have UCI points up for grabs and Cycling SA general manager Mike Bradley believed it would benefit riders across the board. He said it was the national body's aim to develop more UCI-classified races and they had, therefore, approached race organisers ASG Events to consider this option. With the documentation completed, the Tour of Good Hope has received UCI 2.2 status. It joins the only other event in South Africa with a similar ranking, the Tour de Limpopo. Bradley said their top priority was to create more opportunities for South African riders to earn UCI points. "Having these sorts of races is important, particularly at this time because from now until October it is Olympic qualification year," he said. "That means the higher our riders rank internationally, the more we will have to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. "Having UCI status helps from a strategic point of view, allowing our riders to earn points in events close to home. "And then, even when they do have to travel, at least they have collected UCI points and this makes them contenders to be considered for Continental or Pro Continental outfits. "The more SA cyclists we have in those teams, the better for the development of the sport in the country." Bradley said another benefit of having UCI status was the potential to attract strong foreign outfits. "International teams don't look at anything that's not UCI-rated," he said. "I have already had some interest from teams abroad for the Tour of Good Hope and have put them in touch with the race organisers. "It's important to attract international competition to local races as it provides stronger competition for our cyclists . . .
The annual Encounter Series, which includes three multi-stage races under the ASG Events banner, will retain its popular status among South African mountain-bikers after Liberty renewed their sponsorship for 2019. The series will begin with the seven-stage TransCape journey from George to Franschhoek in February and continues with the Winelands Encounter in April and the Waterberg Encounter in June. The three-day Winelands and Waterberg events have become firm favourites on the South African racing calendar and this year the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, powered by Volvo, became part of the series for the first time. Taking riders on a 591km route, which incorporates some of the most iconic trails in the country, ASG Events' Fritz Pienaar said the TransCape combined "some hard-core mountain-biking with a luxurious experience off the bike". "The whole focus is on the high-end journey and we feel this is an incentive for those in the corporate world to go through a unique experience," he added. "We are focusing on an up-market product and an example of this is that we will host the riders in guest houses as we are doing away with tented accommodation." Killy Bacela, Liberty Group divisional director for brand & marketing, said they were delighted to be involved once more. "We are proud of the partnership with the Encounter series and view this as an investment that has a lasting impact on the communities in which we do business," said Bacela Alluding to the new starting venue of George, as opposed to Knysna, Pienaar said it was an attempt to create more diversity in the route for the riders. "By starting in George it allows us to take the stages through the Karoo region as well as incorporating sections along the coast and then ending up going through the Cape Winelands to the finish in Franschhoek." The five-star offering, he said, would be maintained through the three-day Winelands and Waterberg Encounters. "These are the . . .
(December, 2018) Cocoon Cape Town, is hosting the Cocoon NYE Party on Monday, 31 December 2018. Celebrate the New Year in style in this world class venue in the heart of Cape Town CBD. Prepare to be amazed as you enter this sophisticated, unique and effortlessly stylish venue with 360 degree views of our beautiful city. Cocoon offers two venues - Cocoon West and East. Dance the night away with uplifting Commercial in Cocoon West or Deep House in Cocoon East, whilst sipping on bubbly or relax in the Private Lounge with your own host. The dress code of the evening is “Dress to Impress”. Cocoon Cape Town is located on the 31st floor of the ABSA Building, offering guests magnificent views of the Firework display at the V&A Waterfront to ring in the New Year. Tickets to Cocoon Cape Town's VIP New Year's Eve experience is R750 per person for single entry. Table Bookings are available at R8,000 minimum spend per table including free entry for 10 people. For bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 421 0581. Tickets available through qkt.io/newyearseve. Keep up-to-date with Cocoon's Facebook and Instagram pages for exciting upcoming events including Cocoon Fridays and Saturday in the Sky. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .