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Oxygen | Afrika Ablaze 2019

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Ask someone whose land is this where poetry fails to capture the grief of loss and love, of tied up tongues, speechless, stumbling around in dirt and dust amongst fallen cradles with bloodied identities… where conversations fail to explain how some live watching strangers build walls around a mountain stream that once quenched thirsty souls…~ Glenda Jones

Ayana/Afrika Ablaze Dance Company is poised to present their latest and possibly one of their most challenging productions to date. Audiences can expect to be riveted to their seats by a compelling dance/drama performance.

The MASTERMIND: Highly acclaimed theatre maker, Glenda Jones, has once again written a script of brutal honesty that has all the makings of a brilliant and captivating production.

The ARCHITECT: Head Choreographer, Danielle-Marie Jones, is currently doing her Masters in Theatre & Performance (UCT). Jones, a recipient of the meritorious achievement award in the Performing and Creative Arts will once again be stunning crowds with her alternate, creative and innovative style.

“This was dance theatre at it’s very best” ~Marilyn Anderson, 2018

The DREAM TEAM: A team of outstanding actresses; Melissa Haiden, Bianca Mannie; and Nicole Bester will nurture the cast. Acrobatic Movement Coordinator, Chad Smith, and the dance team will once again be spinning their magic with OXYGEN as witnessed in the company’s highly reviewed 2018 production, When Cranes Cry.

“The quality and message of the show is world class” ~Derek Ronnie,2018

The ENGINE ROOM: Expect amazing levels of creativity from creative Directors Rikki Lee& Cindy Solomon, Marketing Director – Gino Solomon, Operations Manager – Natasha Beckett, Stage Managers – Kelly Gilbert & Desmond Roos, Backstage Manager – Cindy Solomon, Wardrobe – Sandra Floris, Logistics – Nawaal Gallant.

“The world needs more of this. Well done, Afrika Ablaze” ~ Chad van der Westhuizen, 2018

The INCREDIBLE CAST: Bianca Mannie, Nicole Bester, David Mwamba, Chad Smith, Danny Jones, Quisha Dawood, Lauren Jacobs, Edwill Meyer, Lindiwe Le Brasseur, Achaia Beukes, Robyn-Dee Van Neel, Davante Donjeany, Wade Segers, Ntando Mtsi-Sithole, Shane Rudolph, Zeah Jeaven, Jazmin Lee Prins, Thembelihle Shinga, Sage van der Vent, Tyra van der Vent, Jenna Luruli, Cassey Reines, Amahle Mtoto, Asange Nobhakada, Sara Daniels, Jada Daniels, Zara Lee Gorridon, Sade Adams, Che-lin Floris and a brand new additional cast of performers who successfully made it through the 2019 OXYGEN auditions.

“I think Afrika Ablaze should do a world tour!”  ~ Simone Momplé, 2018

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Jesters in the Park

We were invited to the opening night of Jesters in the Park Season 2 last night and verily it was a night of fun and laughter.

If you have never been to the Maynardville Open Air Theatre then you cannot miss out on this comedy show running for 2 more nights as part of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival.
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[Image courtesy of Cape Town Comedy Club]

Jesters in the Park is produced by Cape Town Comedy Club and hosted by the wonderfully amazing Rob Van Vuuren and showcasing a brilliant line up of some of SA’s best comedians, Dylan Skews, Phil de Lange and Reagan Allen.  The setting among the trees under the starry skies is just wonderful and having the open-air gives that extra touch of unleashing the tension of everyday life, that’s besides of course the wonderful talents of the comedians.

[Images courtesy of Maynardville Open Air Theatre]

If you do not have your tickets yet then book here.

Friday Feast Food Review | Osetra

We were invited to Osetra in Kalk Bay to have a menu sampling earlier this week.

Situated on the main road of the bustling fishing village, which has numerous antiques, collectibles and curio stores as well as a variety of places to eat.

Their tones of grey and minimalist decor with a modern chic twist adds a lovely vibe and setting with the harbour and beach just across the road.

First on the tasting menu was a variety of good tasty sushi and some salmon pops.
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Edwill enjoyed the poke bowl with a Saronsberg 2017 Provenance Shiraz. They have an extensive wine list which is available for tasting, by the glass or bottle.
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We then got a taste of the beef spring rolls, showing the variety of the menu as there is something  for everyone, including vegetarians too. img_20190116_192950

I think from the mains tasting menu they kept the best for last as the seared tuna with a sesame seed crust on a bed of pak choi and deep fried potato crisps was so delicious. I would go back just to have this.
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The dessert options are the classics but oh so yummy, we got to taste a soft creamy and just the right amount of flavor creme brulee, vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and biscotti and the most delicious chocolate fondant. I got to taste a bite of the waffle with a  berry compote and think I need to have that the next time I go as my dessert with the seared tuna mains.
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As Kalk Bay is well known as a shopping destination in the South Peninsula, the Osetra Shop offers a bespoke shopping experience with a fully licensed wine boutique, deli and retail shop so be sure to check it out before you head off after enjoying your meal.

Do leave us a comment if you have been and tell us about your experience and what you had from the menu and don’t forget to leave them a review on Facebook and give them a follow on Instagram and Twitter too.

24th Cape Town International Kite Festival

Come and meet an aerial ‘big five’ when Nemo, Squid, Octopus, Red Teddy and Bertie the Worm take to the skies at the 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival on 27 and 28 October, in Muizenberg. It is Africa’s biggest kite festival and sees kiters from around the world flying incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation.

The annual kiting extravaganza is the grand finale to October’s Mental Health Month campaign and has been flying in support of Cape Mental Health since 1994.

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“Rise Up is our theme for 2018,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “We believe everyone is born with potential to rise up beyond life’s circumstances. Our mission and the services we provide help people realise this potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels inspired when they simply lift their heads and look up.”

Statistics show that every year one person in four will have a mental health condition. Mental health affects everyone but for people living in a disadvantaged urban or rural community, the impact of disability and poverty can be particularly challenging.

At just R40 per person (and R15 for children 12 years old and younger) this spectacular event offers affordable, fresh-air fun that is good for you and your family, as well as helping those affected by mental health problems.

Bring along your own kite to fly in the public flying arena, buy a kite when you are there or make a kite at one of the many free kite-making workshops for children and adults, on both days of the festival.

There is also live entertainment (dance, music and comedy), a tea garden, food trucks and fairground rides. The free, supervised Toddler Zone gives parents a chance to sit down and relax. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic but please leave dogs at home.

The 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival is at Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner of Axminster and The Row) on 27 and 28 October, from 10 am to 6 pm. There is lots of parking at Muizenberg High School and access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is R40 (R15 for children 12 years and under). Tickets are available at the gate or via www.Quicket.co.za.

For info visit www.capementalhealth.co.za, contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 / info@cmh.org.za or follow @CTKiteFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or our hashtag #RiseUpAndFly

Blue Gum Country Estate #InStanford

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Our Tuesday past turned into the perfect #TravelTuesday road trip experience with a drive from Arniston as part of our a bit late short mid-year break. Driving through the countryside where the colors and views were just so mesmerizing and getting to stop along the way for some amazing pics was fun for me. Then ending it off with a stay over at Blue Gum Country Estate #InStanford. We will be doing a Cape Whale Coast trip in the next few months so watch out for this blog too.
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Driving towards the estate we had to turn onto a gravel road which added to the whole country life appeal and along the way we got to see sheep, cows and horses too and it felt like we were home.
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The open space and lush garden setting at Blue Gum Country Estate was just perfect and the type of setting we could stay in forever. Think we found the type of place and setting we would want to have ourselves one day.

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We stayed in the Lion room and the fur throw on the bed actually felt like what I would say a lion mane feels like, maybe. The room was perfect for us and we ended up chatting about how this is what we need in our life, the setting and layout was great and the only thing we said we would have to add is a walk in closet, the open bath and the fact that they have their own water source was so amazing and we ended up having a lovely bath too. We also totally loved our own private veranda overlooking the little dam, part of the vineyard and the views across the way.
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Food always plays an important part of travel for many, as you often get to have what you would not necessarily have at home. With the nearest eating places in the town centre of Stanford being about 15 minutes away it was nice to have a spacious and well appointed restaurant on the property as part of the estate facilities. The service was great and the tastes were definitely just what we needed. We had tea time scones and coffee in the afternoon with home made biscuits and perfectly made scones in the lounge area.

Dinner was a set menu and available as a two course or three course. Edwill had a two course and was delighted that he actually enjoyed the starter soup. He also said the oxtail was perfect and just the right amount of flavors. I had kingklip with a lovely lemon sauce and the dessert too which was the perfect ending to the day for me as I have a sweet tooth, though I have been cutting down on my sugar intake.

Breakfast was so filling and kept me sustained for most of the day. I enjoyed some muesli, fruit and yogurt from the buffet and then had a vegetarian omelette from the hot breakfast menu and Edwill had the English Breakfast but opted to not take the sausages.


A trip would not be complete for us without a fashion shoot and you will be able to view more with the regular #FashionFriday posts on Edwill‘s social media channels which you can find via @edwillmp on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.
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Blue Gum Country Estate has everything you could ask for when you want that country life feeling in a quiet and tranquil mountainside estate, which is not too far from a town centre for access to convenience and other facilities. Also check their website for more info and any specials that they may be running.

 

Whacky Wine Weekend 2018

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The 15th Annual Whacky Wine Weekend proudly hosted by the Robertson Wine Valley was a success in their theme Taste The Lifestyle. It all happened from 31 May – 3 June 2018 and some of the #TeamWeekend Traveling Media Crew went for a day trip to experience it all.
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With a host of estates offering up to six tastings per person it’s totally understandable why an entire weekend is required. The team opted to visit the ones as recommended by the Robertson Wine Valley team but we also booked the farm safari drive at Jan Harmsgat out in Swellendam for the late afternoon.
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There were some really vibey pumping venues with tons of people enjoying the winter sun and the day was just perfect for exploring the Cape Winelands.
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A firm favourite of the estates was definitely the following where we totally enjoyed the many picture opportunities too. Bon Courage seems to have been one of the more favored ones, from lovely wines to a great atmosphere and just all around awesome vibe and leaving with a box of six bottles of their Like Father Like Son Range.
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The next stop that was pumping, set along the river with boat trips too was at Viljoensdrift with their Rose being a firm favourite and everyone’s glasses sparkling pink.
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We continued along but decided to skip the traffic due to road works and popped in at Excelsior and the cheese and biltong was a real treat to be combined and the fact that you could also try your hand at mixing your own wine blend was an interesting twist.
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Not too far from here around another bend was the lovely Zandvliet with lounge areas outside with hot fires and a buzzing tent with gin tastings too and their cellar experience with its cave like feel was really amazing. IMG-20180614-WA0066

We then continued on quite a bit of a drive towards Swellendam for our late afternoon Farm Safari Drive to discover a bit more about the Jan Harmsgat working farm and got to taste some pecan nuts and were treated in just a bit of game viewing of their herd of wildebeest.
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Ending off with a lovely late afternoon into sunset safari drive with such amazing landscape views to end of a great day and having to drive back to what was a rainy Cape Town but much needed water for the area.
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Plans were being made as the day neared its end to probably do a sleep over next year for a proper #TeamWeekend and explore some more and have more fun!

Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards 2018

The 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards was the highlight of theatre events hosted in Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre!
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Reviewing 115 productions for the 2017 theatre year, the judges had some tough decisions to make to honor and celebrate the people of the theatre industry. It was really great to see the support and joy shared by everyone for each award category. The highlight for me was when Alvon Collison received the Lifetime Achievement award and him having the crowd in stitches and I’m sure quite a few tears too as was the case with me. Was really an emotional moment of which Edith Plaatjies had one too and it was really great that she could share it with us. 
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Host for the evening Africa Melane did a sterling job and the entertainment throughout the evening was really extraordinary. Have a look at our Facebook page for a video as a little taste of the nights entertainment of which myself and Lady Morgana thoroughly enjoyed.
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The winners of the 24 award categories are:

Award for most promising student
Luntu Masiza | AFDA

Best new South African script
What Remains by Nadia Davids

Best new director
Nico Scheepers

Best theatre production for children and young people
Jon Keevy for The Underground Library

Best performance by an ensemble
The cast of What Remains

Best performance in a revue, cabaret or one-person show
Gideon Lombard as Marnus in Die Reuk van Appels

Best performance by a supporting actor in a musical or music theatre show
Sanda Shandu as Lucky in King Kong

Best performance by a supporting actress in a musical or music theatre show
Isabella Jane as The Mistress in Evita

Best performance by a lead actor in a musical or music theatre show
David Dennis as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best performance by a lead actress in a musical or music theatre show
Edith Plaatjies as Joyce in King Kong

Best lighting design
Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains

Best set design
Greg King for Suddenly the Storm

Best costume design
Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night

Best sound design, original music composition or original score
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong

Best performance in an opera – male
Lukhanyo Moyake as The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto

Best performance in an opera – female
Johanni van Oostrum as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer

Award for innovation in theatre
Imbewu Trust and Kunste Onbeperk

Lifetime achievement award
Alvon Collison

Best performance by a supporting actor in a play
Mark Elderkin as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

Best performance by a supporting actress in a play
Robyn Scott as Elizabeth I, Ensemble in Shakespeare in Love

Best performance by a lead actress in a play
Faniswa Yisa as The Archeologist in What Remains

Best performance by a lead actor in a play
Craig Morris as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe

Best director
Jay Pather for What Remains

Best production
Marat/Sade – The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)