Festival a true gem

2016-08-31 06:00


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THE city of Kimberley will soon be alive with the sounds and fun of the 17th annual Gariep Kunstefees, an institution frequented by locals and tourists alike.

This year, the festival will be held from Thursday (01/09) to Sunday (04/09) at the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Gardens and the festival organisers invite locals and visitors alike to enjoy a weekend filled with family fun and entertainment, with an abundance of food stalls, arts and crafts, exhibitions and children’s theatre.

The stalls have all been set up and fun and games readily installed for performances on the kykNET Music Stage, which promises great entertainment from South Africa’s leading artists such as Kurt Darren, Duane Louw, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Snotkop. Karen Ferreira, as well as Teekay and Band, are some of the entertainment that will be seen on the Gariep Stage.

The theater programme includes productions such as Spekkies se groot avontuur, Daa’ Gaat Die Bruid! and Amanda Strydom’s Die hele boksemdaais. The 2016 programme further includes the ATKV’s Mmino wa Basha Youth Stage, which will feature the talents of the younger generation in a great line-up which offers dancing, singing and storytelling performances.

Furthering the talents of our aspiring artists, the Gariep Arts Festival will offer free workshops in drama, radio announcing and songwriting, but more importantly, tips on how to package and market themselves as professional artists.

The festival is fully family-friendly and there is non-stop entertainment on offer for the kids, including an amusement park with a big wheel, rollercoaster and bumper cars.

Why not add a Sho’t Left Kimberley experience to your itinerary and discover the many tourism offerings of Kimberley. Tourists are urged to go on a guided tour of a once-operational diamond mine, which descends a staggering 840 m below the earth’s surface, or a historical walk to discover many of the hidden gems of the city.

Art lovers are also in for a treat. The Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre showcases San art, both ancient rock art and contemporary creations. Right next door to the festival grounds you will find the William Humphreys Art Gallery, specialising in the work of South African artists and one of the finest collections of 16th and 17th century Flemish, Dutch, English and French masters.

If you are a battlefields fan, you will also be in the right place. Many battles in the South African War (also called the Anglo-Boer War) were fought in the vicinity. Visit the Magersfontein battlefield, dating to 1899.

For a community experience, embark on a cycle tour to the Galeshewe Township and experience the melting pot of South African culture dating back to the 1870’s. Visit the Robert Sobukwe House, Mayibuye Precinct, with its monument to the struggle, recognising those that gave their lives for freedom. A visit to the Ivuma Community Arts Center will provide a welcome break. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cappuccino whilst appreciating a poetry reading or drama rehearsal.

  • Festival tickets are available at Compu­ticket outlets in Shoprite Checkers, House & Home and online at www.computicket.com.
  • For information of the full festival programme, go to www.gariepfees.co.za. For information on tourism activities, visit www.experiencenortherncape.com.

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