Africa

MAY 2018

8 MAY – 2 JUNE

DEMON BRIDE, Cape Town

Eric Abraham and US Woordfees present the Fugard Theatre production of The Demon Bride, the latest play from multiple award-winning playwright and director Louis Viljoen.

The play is set in wedding season when the winelands are abuzz with travellers in town to celebrate the nuptials of friends and family. But when a wedding party gets trapped in a haunted cabin on a dilapidated wine farm and the spirit of an ancient demon possesses a bride and a carefree weekend turns into a nightmare.

The Demon Bride is going to be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on stage,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “It’s a horror romcom and a thrilling theatrical sensory experience to scare and delight you. Louis is an exciting, provocative and visionary South African writer and, with his venture into this new genre, he retains the hallmark flawed characters we both love and hate, which are sharply interwoven into his utterly compelling storylines.”

Viljoen, who is Fugard Theatre’s Writer in Residence, has won two Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards for Best New South African Script for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was also the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director Award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura. The Demon Bride is presented in English and has an age restriction of 18 (language, sex). Visit thefugard.com

18 – 20 MAY

THE BUBBLY FESTIVAL, Jo’burg

A celebration of SA’s finest Cap Classiques and Champagnes will be held at Hyde Park, where bubbly aficionados, epicureans and those who love the finer things in life will spend the weekend popping corks, filling flutes and sipping some of the best sparkles around, while snacking on fine foods and enjoying live music.

Local Methode Ca Classique (MCC) producers at this year’s event will include Anthonij Rupert Wines and Silverthorn. Champagne houses – including Nicolas Feuillatte, Taittinger and Luc Belaire – will also be taking part. They won’t be offering tastings or accepting coupons but you can buy their Champagne by the glass or bottle. Italy will be represented by Da Luca Prosecco.

“Our competitively priced MCCs (sparkling wines) are available through top-end and wine-focused retailers. We spend a minimum of two years on the lees developing complexity on the palate and over-delivering on quality every time,” says Anita Streicher-Nel of Anthonij Rupert Wines.

“The Bubbly Festival Hyde Park is about focus, passion and quality, all concepts Silverthorn Wines live by,” says Silverthorn’s Karen Loubser. “We are focused entirely on the production of high-quality sparkling wines that display the Robertson terroir. We have a total production of 40 000 bottles, which consists of a selection of four MCCs of which one is made purely for the annual Cape Winemakers Guild wine auction. We are showcasing the other three at this not-to-be-missed festival.”

Tickets cost R380pp and include a glass and 10 tasting tickets. They can be purchased at: webtickets.co.za or at the door on the day. Bubbly by the glass and bottle, as well as food will be on sale.

20 MAY

FNB CAPE TOWN 12 ONERUN, Cape Town

Celebrating everything the beautiful Mother City has to offer, this fast-paced, flat 12km run attracts runners from all walks of life, from corporate teams to outrageous free-spirited individuals who take the freedome to dress-up to the next level. The event forms part of the FNB Run Your City Series, which includes the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

“In addition to boasting an impressive prize purse, ONERUN has received overwhelming support from both local and international elite runners,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “We would like to build on this trend in 2018, but the FNB Run Your City Series is not only aimed at elite runners.

“The event highlights the splendour of its host city. Runners of all fitness levels are invited to take part in a road-running experience like no other and look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast exciting on-route entertainment.”

Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business, says: “What is most exciting about this series is the essence of the race itself. It is more than just running; we are effectively asking South Africans, many of whom are our customers, to come out in their numbers to experience their cities in each other’s company. There is something beautiful and very South African about that.”

Standard Entry is R170pp (licensed) and R205pp (unlicensed), while Gold Package Entry is R850pp (licensed) and R885pp (unlicensed). thecapetown12.com

FOOD & WINE

31 MAY – 3 JUNE

WACKY WINE WEEKEND, Robertson

This well-established event has become an institution, attracting wine connoisseurs, novices and families and friends alike who are eager to “taste the lifestyle”. This year marks its 15th anniversary and the offering includes selections from over 35 established wineries and tourism establishments in the Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson region. Award-winning wines will be savoured through tours, pairings and interactive tastings by exceptional winemakers. Live music, food stalls with hearty country cuisine and fun activities for children will complete the experience. Tickets cost R200pp. Visit wackywineweekend.com

13 MAY

MOTHER’S DAY IN THE NUY VALLEY, Nuy Valley

Nuy Winery’s new tasting room and restaurant, On The Hill, wants to celebrate all mothers this Mother’s Day with a scrumptious lunch, a complimentary bottle of Nuy Muscat Semi-Sweet Sparkling wine and a complimentary Rosewater coconut ice. Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch prepared by well-known chef and restaurant co-owner Wilna van der Westhuizen. nuywinery.co.za

26 MAY

SHIRAZ & CHARCUTERIE FESTIVAL, Cape Town

Hosted at the picturesque Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate, this highlight on the annual Franschhoek Wine Valley calendar is a perfect opportunity to taste Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s range of Shiraz, as well as those of 18 of the country’s other top Shiraz-producing estates. Pair your wines with the wide range of tantalising local and international charcuterie, featuring everything from salamis and cured hams to flavoured chorizos. Tickets cost R280pp, which includes wine and food tastings. Visit webtickets.co.za

ARTS & LIFESTYLE

25-27 MAY

DESIGN JOBURG, Johannesburg

The Sandton Convention Centre will be transformed into SA’s most covetable design destination for a weekend, bringing together the best of the city’s established and emerging talent. Marble is creating an exciting pop-up food experience cued by nature and up-to-the-minute trends from the food and design front. Design-savvy consumers can enjoy a Retail Corridor, featuring items from across SA. A thoughtfully curated Architect’s Gallery will celebrate the very best projects from some local architects. And Hendricks are presenting a Tim Burton-style gin bar, featuring luxury lifestyle brand Ardmore. Visit designjoburg.com

26 MAY

UMTIZA ARTS FESTIVAL, East London

East London’s very own homegrown festival promises to be bigger and better than ever as more than 24 acts will be presented at the Guild Theatre, East London Museum and the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. Entertainment includes jazz, opera, classical and gospel concerts, international and local cabaret, comedy, children’s theatre, a circus, talks on art, workshops, food demonstrations, wine tastings and an assortment of food and craft stalls in the outside market.

SPORT

5 MAY

GRABOUW DOUBLE-BILLER, Grabouw

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, South Africa’s largest apple and pear exporter, sponsors two events in Grabouw, where it grows its fruit. As a fundraiser for Grabouw High School, the Tru-Cape Grabouw MTB hosts a 55km MTB challenge, a 27km fun ride and a 10km adventure ride for newcomers and children. On the same day, on the opposite side of the N2, the Tru-Cape Applewood Trail Run and Harvest Festival raises funds for Applewood Preparatory School. A whole day of activities, food and entertainment is promised for the whole family.

27 MAY

SOUTH AFRICA BIKE FESTIVAL, Johannesburg

South Africa Bike Festival is now the market leading annual showcase on the SA motorcycling calendar. The third instalment returns to the legendary Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit with an exciting array of new experiences for the expected 20 000+ visitors who will enjoy three days of action-packed, two-wheel activities. The philosophy of the festival and the industry for 2018 and beyond is that “united we are stronger and together we can drive the industry forward”. Motorcycling can offer independence, mobility and an alternate and cost-effective means of transport. Visit southafricabikefestival.com