Suidoosterfees 2013 – a celebration of cultural diversity

By Drum Digital
16 January 2013

The tenth birthday of the Suidoosterfees is an exuberant celebration of the Cape lifestyle, of our own people and our unique, colourful heritage – in short, a celebration of the cultural diversity and inclusivity of the Mother City. This year’s fetival of highlights boasts a first ever Afrikaans Fugard: Die Laaste Karretjiegraf is a story of the Karretjiemense; a tribute to the legacy of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants.

A way of life that has been lost, is recorded for posterity. There is a brilliant stage adaptation of a Brink novel: Bidsprinkaan is directed by the fabulous Janice Honeyman, with Elton Landrew as Kupido Kakkerlak, the Khoikhoi convert who went on to become a missionary. Also not to be missed is Adam Small’s Orange Earth, intensely personal and close to home.

Small’s formative years were on the farm Goree close to Robertson and his earliest memories were of this area; of the simplicity of the people, of the poverty and above all the orange earth.

Steve Hofmeyr’s Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis, a bestselling short novel, comes to life on the stage, with the multi award-winning Christo Davids in his first solo role. The unique drama AF is the moving story of a boy who lives as an outsider due to his condition … schizophrenia. This dizzying journey poses the question: What exactly is nomal?

Let your eyes feast on an exceptional exhibition of Breyten Breytenbach’s paintings: works on paper, canvass and objects like books and stones str divided into ten finger sketches. In a jolly festival concert ten of the Suidoosterfees darlings perform together to celebrate the first ten years.

Experience the BoKaap Meander and savour a taste of Cape cultural history; of the daily traditions of this community. Undertake a 2 hour tour through the colourful architecture, food, art and melodious music. Rub shoulders with the inhabitants of the BoKaap: Cape Malay food writers, artists, artisans and home-based entrepreneurs.

Treat your tired ears to international sensations like Denise Jannah and Wolf Martini and local bestselling artists like Zahara. The irrepressible David Kramer’s Stokoud en Splinternuut celebrates a lifetime as a songwriter. Experience this national treasure, now in his fifth decade as an artist. He performs with guitar and harmonica, accompanied by Schalk Joubert on bass.

We honour the iconic Eoan Group whose opera productions wowed South African audiences for more than 20 years. A huge choir competition features a host of farm choirs. In an intimate musical This is my life,  Idols winner Kain Kortje tells her own story to Alistair Izobell.

After opening at the Suidoosterfees, Sandra Prinsloo’s legendary Naaimasjien swept through the country, with more than 200 performances to packed halls. Now the Suidoosterfees brings it back for our tenth birthday. It won four major South African drama awards and was a triumphant success at the Edinburgh festival last year. Experience it now, experience it again or watch The Sewing Machine in English.

The Mother City has many mansions and her apron is wide. Grab onto her skirt and be boisterous with the Suidooster.

Suidoosterfees 2013 – a celebration of cultural diversity takes place at Artscape, Fugard Theatre, City Hall from 29 January to 3 February 2013. Get your tickets now at Computicket

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