Africa

August 2018

1-18 AUGUST

THE ARTSCAPE WOMEN’S HUMANITY ARTS FESTIVAL, Cape Town

The 12th edition of this celebrated festival is coming to Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre with humanity as its central theme. The festival aims to provide a platform for grassroots communities, women from all walks of life and people with disabilities to be celebrated. Artscape will host a variety of outstanding theatre productions, entrepreneurial workshops, health screenings, legal workshops, talks, exhibitions, a humanity walk and more. Tickets for the festival’s productions are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat. Visit: artscape.co.za

3-5 AUGUST

WIID YOGA RETREAT, Overberg region

De Hoop Collection invites you to enjoy a three-day Marianne Wiid yoga retreat in the beautiful tranquil setting of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, with a blend of fresh air, restorative yoga and nature walks. It is an experience that will recharge and revitalise your energy and unify you in body, mind and spirit. Broaden your yoga practice with the qualified Iyengar yoga teacher Marianne Wiid, who approaches life holistically and combines her passion for yoga and the “bringing of joy to others” in all aspects of all life. dehoopcollection.com

3-5 AUGUST

SLOW FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, Robertson Wine Valley

This exciting festival is a way for the producers of the Robertson Wine Valley to share their belief in a slow way of life with food and wine enthusiasts who want to savour immersive experiences and encounter the countryside at a leisurely pace. Each experience may be booked individually, so you can tailor your festival experience exactly to your liking. The Family Market on the Sunday is free of charge, so feel free to pull in with the whole family. The rest of the encounters may be booked online at robertsonslow.com

10-12 AUGUST

CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg

If you love classic cars and appreciate seeing the most enduring models showcased in pristine condition, then make your way to the magnificent Steyn City Parkland Residence for Concours South Africa. The judging of cars entering Concours is demanding, with emphasis placed on originality and authenticity of presentation as well as the story, passion and involvement of the collectors.

With the first one having taken place in 1929, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este, is still held annually on Lake Como in Italy. The first Concours in America was held in 1950 in Monterey, California, and the longest continually running event is the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in California.

10, 12, 17 & 18 AUGUST

US ORCHESTRA TRIBUTE FOR MADIBA’S CENTENARY; Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto & Johannesburg

For Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, the acclaimed American Minnesota Orchestra, in partnership with Classical Movements, is embarking on a five-city tour of South Africa this month. Conducted by Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the tour marks the first-ever visit to South Africa by a professional American orchestra.

World-acclaimed composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a piece, specially commissioned as a tribute to Mandela by Classical Movements, titled Harmonia Ubuntu, which features soprano Goitsemang Oniccah Lehobye.

“We recently became the first American orchestra to tour Cuba following a 2014 thaw in diplomatic relations. The experience was so uplifting and enlightening for us that we decided to forge similar cultural exchanges with other countries,” says Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “Our Music Director Osmo Vänskä had performed with the South African National Youth Orchestra in Cape Town and Soweto in 2014, and the moving experience of that event persuaded us to tour South Africa next.”

The tour aims to showcase South African, American and European musical traditions, and will draw together South African and American performers offering musical exchanges with student groups and large-scale performances in colleges, city halls and churches. Tickets range from R100 to R600. Visit: minnesotaorchestra.org/satour

18 AUGUST

TREMOR FEST, Pretoria

For the first time in South Africa, the Electronic Music Dance Festival, TREMOR FEST will be taking place at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Currently shaking up Europe and visiting South Africa for the first time, the headliner will be David Puentez, who comes from Germany. The local line-up includes EDM royalty Pascal & Pearce, Chris Taylor, Chunda Munki, VIMO, Austin Cassim and Ricardo da Costa – all of whom have been exploding on club and festival stages across the country. Make history with the first ever TREMOR FESTIVAL and experience the best of the best EDM has to offer. tremorfest.co.za

24 & 25 AUGUST

FRANSCHHOEK MYSTERY WEEKENDS, Franschhoek

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are back and promise a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. Ideally suited to couples, the weekends hold the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. This year there are four fabulous packages on offer for the weekend. In the past your entire experience would have been preselected, but this year you will have the opportunity to randomly select your own Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and two optional experiences. Book early to avoid disappointment. franschhoekbastille.co.za

26 AUGUST

THE CELL C INANDA AFRICA CUP, Johannesburg

The Inanda Club, one of the premier Polo venues in the world, and Cell C are hosting the much-anticipated annual Cell C Inanda Africa Cup. This unique knockout polo championship offers an action-packed day with a display of exceptional horsemanship among competing teams from countries such as Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the closely contested and fast-paced final witnessed by a premium audience of more than 3 500 people annually. Witness this high-octane demonstration of talent and horsepower complemented by an infusion of chic fashion, delectable food and the finest champagne. cellc.co.za/cellc/inanda-africa-cup

29-30 AUGUST

GLOBAL LANDSCAPES FORUM, Nairobi

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is partnering with the World Bank and UN Environment to host the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference in Nairobi.

The GLF is the world’s largest knowledge-led multi-sectoral platform for integrated land use aimed at accelerating action towards the creation of more resilient, equitable, profitable, and climate-friendly landscapes.

The Africa regional conference will gather world leaders, heads of state, scientists, representatives of public-private sector, media, civil society and community groups. It will generate dialogue and discussions about experiences, opportunities and partnership building solutions for landscape restoration efforts across Africa. The conference will be internationally broadcast and is expected to reach thousands of people online and millions through social media.

Its main objective is to foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030. This will be achieved by coordinating and increasing international, national, and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration; showcasing and discussing regional case studies; and strengthening human, technical and financial capacities for forest and landscape restoration implementation. Visit: globallandscapesforum.org/about/what-is-glf/

30 AUGUST-2 SEPTEMBER

CAPE TOWN HOMEMAKERS EXPO, Cape Town

The annual Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo is the Western Cape’s most trusted exhibition for everything décor, design, lifestyle and DIY – “for real homes”. Whether your interest is in what’s trending in home improvement, enhancing your outdoor living space, refreshing your interiors or creating a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, we bring the best industry experts together under one roof. Tickets are available at the door or from quicket.co.za and homemakersonline.co.za/expo/cape-town