Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah over the Easter weekend.

Composed in 1741, Handel’s immortal oratorio has secured a place in history as one of the most frequently performed oratorios of all time. Perhaps best remembered for its “Hallelujah” chorus, this English oratorio unfolds over the course of three hours, setting liturgical texts that celebrate the prophecy, birth, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Willcocks conducts this year’s performances, with performers Antoinette Blyth (soprano), Jacobi de Villiers (alto), Given Nkosi (tenor) and Dónal Slemon (bass).

Wilcocks, whose father, Sir David Willcocks, was an Honorary President and Patron of the choir from 1974 until his passing in 2015, visits from the UK, where he is the conductor and musical director of Guildford Choral Society and Chichester Singers, and of Southern Pro Musica, a professional chamber orchestra. From 1988 to 2008 he was the director of the Junior Academy, Royal Academy of Music in London, and in 2016 he was appointed Festival Conductor of the Leith Hill Music Festival – the 5th since Ralph Vaughan Williams and succeeding Brian Kay, who held the post for 21 years.

The first of two concerts takes place at Rondebosch Boys High School on Friday 30 March, with the second performance taking place at the Dutch Reformed Church in Onrus on Sunday 1 April.

Venue: Rondebosch Boys’ High School, 13 Oakhurst Ave, Rondebosch, Cape Town | Dutch Reformed Church, 55 Berg St, Onrus River, Onrus
Time: Fri 7.30pm to 10.30pm | Sun 3pm to 6pm
Cost: Fri R180 – R200 | Sun R150

Date: 30 March 2018 to 1 April 2018

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Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

Dan Patlansky & Albert Frost

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by blues-rock musicians Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost.

Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. His music can best be described as vacillating between slick, soulful blues and the renegade psychedelic angst and raw emotion of Hendrix and Zeppelin. He has released 7 albums to date and in 2015 “Total Guitar Magazine” voted him in the top 10 best guitarists in the world.

For the past two decades, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences. Besides collaborations with top international acts, Albert Frost has performed with most major SA artists and played every important stage in South Africa. April 2016, he released his third solo album, The Wake Up, which won the coveted Best Rock Album category at the 2017 SAMA Awards.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.15pm
Cost: R135 – R180

Date: 25 March 2018

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Sunday Classics at Maynardville Open-Air Festival

Sunday Classics at Maynardville Open-Air Festival

There are just two weeks left of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival but it is literally packed with shows, including two unmissable Sunday night concerts.

Derek Gripper 25 February

World-renowned guitarist Derek Gripper will perform live under the stars for one night only on Sunday 25th February 2018. Drawing on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music, he has created a new and beautiful guitar music which has carried him to the world`s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015.

He comes to you at Maynardville, fresh from his winter North American tour.

Gospel Classics 4  March

An explosion of Gospel Classics, from sacred to new and popular joyous tunes, sung by a choir of 20 voices with classically trained lead singers, and accompanied by a live band. End off the Maynardville Open-Air Festival with a rousing evening.

The Taming of the Shrew till 3 March

This production of The Taming of the Shrew features a historic all-female cast of Alicia McCormick, Daneel van der Walt, Buhle Ngaba, Lynita Crofford, Kathleen Stephens, Kate Pinchuck, Naledi Majola, Dianne Simpson, Ann Juries and Masali Baduza, with a special appearance by Ameera Conrad. The show is also driven by an all-female creative crew.

Share your picnic and win…

It’s a Maynardville tradition to picnic before the show. Even if you cheat a little and buy the food and drinks from our venue vendors! 

We are challenging you to snap a picture of your picnic or your gathering of picnickers to stand in line to win some great prizes including…

  • Four tickets to an opening night for the 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival
  • A R300-00 voucher for breakfast or lunch at popular neighbouring restaurant Four and Twenty
  • Two bottles of excellent Diemersfontein Wine
  • Learning to make the perfect cup of coffee by winning a barista experience with Mackay’s Coffee on Sunday 4 March

To enter simply tag Maynardville on one of our social media channels (sign up via the icons below). Add the hashtag #maynardvillepicnic and stand in line to win!

Competition closes on the 3 March 2018

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Kamers/Makers Moves To Rondebosch

Kamers/Makers Moves To Rondebosch

The biggest pop-up retail event in South Africa is back… in a cool new venue.

You might know it as Kamers Vol Geskenke, but it’s had a name change… These days, it goes by the name of Kamers/Makers and, like previous years, brings shoppers an unprecedented mind-bustingly creative shopping experience.

This year’s event is taking place at St Joseph’s Marist College in Rondebosch – an historical venue that will become a shopping mecca between 28 February and 4 March 2018, when more than 150 of the best local “makers” proffer their wares.

If you’ve ever been to any Kamers/Makers events, you’ll know that participating exhibitors are not your run-of-the-mill designers and crafters; they have been hand-picked by the Kamers/Makers team for their unique, rare and “perfectly imperfect” items of fashion, jewellery, art, lighting, decor, and more. You’ll be able to find everything from hand-carved wooden bow ties, hand-turned wine-barrel furniture, handcrafted porcelain jewellery, and even hand-spun scarves, from a variety of Kamers/Makers veterans, and some exciting newbies.

The event is a double win: it provides a platform for young designers to establish themselves in the competitive market, while also giving the public a chance to buy rare, one-of-a-kind pieces. And if you’re a Kamers/Makers veteran, you’ll know that it’s more than just a shopping experience; there’s always delicious food, good wine and great live music.

The event is strictly cashless, so be sure to bring your cards. Let’s get shopping!

Date: 28 February 2018 – 4 March 2018

Time: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Venue:  St Joseph’s Marist College, Belmont Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

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Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market

Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market

Fresh air, mountain views and loads of stuff to eat, drink and buy make this monthly market a win.

On the last Sunday of every month (from October through to May), the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food markets are a wonderful way to enjoy the warm weather while exploring the nearly 300 stalls. Featuring unique and handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, leather goods, soaps, candles, aromatherapy products, art, garden furniture, pottery, and much more, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.

Naturally, there’ll also be stalls selling tasty food, as well as a bar, where you’ll be able to purchase craft beer and wine. Entertainment comes courtesy of a top-brass jazz band lead by UCT Professor Mike Campbell, who sometimes brings along a celebrity musician or two. Plus, there’ll be pony rides and other kids’ activities, making it the perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon with the whole family.

Date: 25 February 2018

Time: 9am – 3pm

Venue: Kirstenbosch Craft Market, Cnr Of Rhodes & Kirstenbosch Dr, Cape Town.

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Supper Club at The Larder in Claremont

Supper Club at The Larder in Claremont

If you’ve not yet been to our absolute favourite brunch spot in Cape Town, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the healthy wholesomeness and down-to-earth goodness of this Claremont gem.

Fronted by owner-chef Sonja Edridge, who has cooked for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (and in kitchens with some top international chefs), this characterful eatery in the heart of the Southern ’burbs is as low-key and welcoming as its owner, with quirky decor and a warm atmosphere adding to its appeal.


Previously only a daytime haunt, The Larder has been hosting themed Supper Club evenings with the purpose of offering healthy and hearty no-frills meals to people who don’t feel like cooking, or simply feel like a quick and convenient meal out, without the palaver of a full-on restaurant experience.

Sonja and her team only use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and free-range meat in the preparation of their meals. And, now that the restaurant is licensed, you’ll also be able to enjoy organic wine and/or craft beer with your meals.


Monday Roast Chicken Evenings
The details A whole roast chicken, with three sides, including a sauce and bottle of Spier wine. Minimum: four diners. Sides are normally roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and homemade mayo, chutney or veloute.
Cost R150
Good to know For an additional cost of between R45 to R75 each, diners can choose between two starters, as well as three to four desserts.

Thursday Curry Evenings
The details Enjoy a travelling culinary journey of whatever The Larder fancies for the week. This could be Japanese, Thai or Indian, but will always include a bowl of curry with rice or noodles (sambals and pickles are included).
Cost R100 (depending on protein; R125 for beef and lamb; vegetarian available on request
Good to know For an additional cost of between R45 to R75 each, diners can choose between two starters, as well as three to four desserts.

Friday Burger & Snacks Evenings
The details The Larder is planning to stay open from 7am until 7pm on Fridays for after-work drinks, afternoon coffees, and an assortment of tasty snacks, including its legendary chicken sausage rolls, crispy sumac chicken wings, burgers and more.
Cost Varies


Sonja and her team are also about to launch a range of ready-made offerings to complement their sit-down meals. You’ll soon be able to swing by the shop and grab a prepacked (but made fresh on the day) salad, sandwich, wrap or raw juice.

On the cards, too, are gourmet gatsbys and bunny chows to add a true South African element to The Larder’s already extensive food and beverage offerings.

Opening times
Supper Club: Monday, Thursday & Friday, 6pm  – 9.30pm
Breakfast and lunch: Monday  – Friday, 7am  – 4pm
Saturday, 8.30am  – 1.30pm


Monday, Thursday, Friday


6pm – 9.30pm (booking dependent)


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Conversations between Art and Food

Conversations between Art and Food

David Krut Projects Cape Town invites you to join the second edition of the Conversations between Art and Food: Deborah Bell, Uncovering ancient Memory on Sunday the 4th of February 2018.

The first edition of the Conversations Series was launched early December 2017 with a collectors dinner and interaction with the artist, Jacob van Schalkwyk. The second edition includes a viewing of the current exhibition, Deborah Bell’s Uncovering Ancient Memory – 15 years of Etchings and an in-depth look at the collaborative relationship between David Krut Projects and the artist. The viewing will be presented by the curator of the exhibition as the artist is not able to attend. The Conversations Series will be accompanied by a three-course meal and wine selection created by Chef Marcas Hendry, a Fine Dining chef who has taken inspiration from Deborah Bell’s exhibition and creatively transformed it into a food experience. With this series, we aim to bring together the creative worlds of art and food within a shared experience that plays on all the senses.

Conversations between Art and Food will take place every last Sunday of the month. If you are interested in the series but cannot join this particular date, please email Elize de Beer at elize@davidkrut.com to put your name on the list for future dates.

Booking Information:
R600 per person
Limited seats available.

Private viewing of the current exhibition and an in-depth look at the artist’s work.
Three-course meal
Wine and soft drinks selection

To book a seat or if you have any questions please contact Elize de Beer at elize@davidkrut.com / 021 685 0676

• Please state if you have any dietary restrictions when you make your booking.
• A booking deposit of R 300 per person is required, which can be paid via EFT. The remaining balance can be paid at the gallery via snapscan, cash or card machine. You will receive the banking detail when you email or call to make your booking.
• Cancelations can only be made 48 hours before the start of the event to claim back the booking deposit.
• Once booking and deposit have been made, you will receive a ticket for your seat.

Date: 4 February 2018

Time: 12:00–15:00

Venue: David Krut Projects, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands

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Cape Summer Trail Series® Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cape Summer Trail Series® Kirstenbosch Gardens

An exclusive opportunity to do a night run through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The beautiful mountain trails, a playful technical descent and a magnificent indigenous forest. The race finishes through the gardens and the magical setting of the cycad forest at night.

For race 2 of the Cape Summer Trail Series® you get an exclusive opportunity to do a night run through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Participants get the amazing experience of running past the fragrance gardens, up onto the fringes of Cecilia Forest along the contour path. After the beautiful mountain trails, there’s a playful technical descent followed by a magnificent indigenous forest. Then back into the gardens and through the magical setting of the cycad forest at night and onto the festive finish line.

Long Course: 10km Starts 19:00
Short Course: 5.8km Starts 19:21

Date: 30 January 2018

Venue: 19:00–22:00

Time: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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Christmas Carols at Kirstenbosch

Christmas Carols at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents four evenings of Christmas Carols in celebration of the festive season.

The Christmas-themed sing-along concert series is the flagship project of the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and forms part of the organisation’s annual fundraising efforts. While each evening boasts a line-up of well-known local acts as pre-entertainment, the main attractions are the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir, who performs traditional Christmas tunes and carols.

Think of a beautiful garden setting, in glow stick light and the melodious sound of Christmas Carols (preceded by a stunning SEQ set)… and it is sponsored by Pick n Pay. It is a fun way to get in the mood for Christmas and it also raises funds for charities in and around Cape Town.

Sterling EQ will be performing from around 18h30 until 19:30, while the carol service starts at 19:45 and the event ends approximately 21:30.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 6pm
Cost: R25 – R125

Date: 15 December 2017

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Champagne & Sparkling Wine Affair

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Affair

Join hosts Wine Concepts in celebrating their sixteenth year of staging this prestigious event at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands.

Porsche has come on board as a sponsor this year and will be showcasing a couple of their luxury vehicles at the event.

We will be offering numerous cuvees for tasting from premium and boutique Champagne Houses of France, and, for the first time, we will also have a selection of sparkling wines from other international producers including Spain, Italy and the UK to tantalize your taste buds.

You can expect names such as Taittinger, Billecart-Salmon, Drappier, Pol Roger, Jacquinot, Mumm, Bottega, San Leo, Freixenet, Valdo, Reguta, Acquesi, Bacio and many more.

We encourage attendees to promote the theme by dressing up to represent the country that makes their favourite bubbly, and in so doing stand a chance to win a wonderful prize for the Best Dressed Couple on the evening.

Light snacks will be served throughout the evening accompanied by live music and entertainment! Fresh oysters and artisanal chocolates will be on sale for those who care to indulge.

The Champagnes & Sparkling Wines tasted on the evening will be offered at a special discounted price and purchasers will be eligible to win a grand prize of a 2 night stay for two at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat. There will be additional prizes for lucky-draw ticket holders on the evening!

The Vineyard Hotel is offering a special stay over package for this night only. Courtyard facing rooms are R2 075 for a single and R3 080 for a double includes a 2-course dinner in The Square Restaurant on 17th November as well as a Full English breakfast on 18th November.

Venue: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: R500

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