Out of Town

Sport-Tainment At Stellies: Beat Around The Bosch


Runners and music lovers unite at this year’s first combined sport and entertainment festival, Beat Around the Bosch, in Stellenbosch on Saturday 28 September 2013. Beat Around the Bosch creates a fresh and unique approach to a running and entertainment event as the track will feature numerous live bands playing from six stages strategically placed around the 7.95km course plus a music festival at the finish. The original “sport-tainment” event will appeal to all types of runners and thousands of music lovers and spectators. The theme for this year is “70’s Retro” and participants are encouraged to dress-up with wigs and sporting gear from that decade. The race, aimed at both serious and casual runners, starts at 2pm at                  

Wine & Wineries

Stellenbosch In The Running For Wine Region Of The Year Title

Ken Annareth wine cellar

SA’s first and foremost wine route nominated for 2013 Wine Star Awards South Africa’s granddaddy of wine routes, the Stellenbosch American Express ® Wine Routes, which might be considered a golden oldie with its wine tourism legacy spanning over more than four decades, reaffirmed its standing as a world class wine destination as a 2013 nominee for Wine Enthusiast magazine’s coveted Wine Star Awards. Each year this leading international wine and lifestyle magazine (USA) honours outstanding achievement in wine and spirits and this year our country’s first and foremost wine route is in the running for the prestigious Wine Region of the Year title. It hopes to succeed against tough competition which includes Portugal’s                  


Johnny Cash Tribute Show – Pilgrimage

Johnny Cash Tribute Show Pilgrimage

Johnny Cash was and still is undoubtedly one of the most influential country musicians of the 20th Century, recognized by his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice, and for the "boom-chicka-boom" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band. His signature classics "I Walk the Line", "Ring of Fire", "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue" will continue to get toes tapping for centuries to come. Five local musicians and Johnny Cash fans have recreated that magical era and the sound that influenced many a musical journey, creating the Johnny Cash Pilgrimage which is set to tour the Western and Eastern Cape this December. Louis Graham and Brixton Barnard supply the no nonsense solid back-beat on drums and bass while Pat Plank pays                  


Berries to make you merry at Slowfood Stellenbosch

Slowfood Stellenbosch

Hola Cape Town! Summer is in the air – can we hear a halleluiah! That divine time of year where we haul out the sunscreen and slops and head to the beach. Long overdue late summer sunsets have graced us with their presence, braai’s and lawnmowers on a Sunday are not a fragment of our imaginations and with all that comes the delicious seasonal food - Lollies to make you jolly and suckers to make your children wakker! Saturday the 3rd of November from 9am to 2pm the Slowmarket Stellenbosch celebrates everything made with seasonal berries and fruits. Yes, tons of berries and berry infused dishes, drinks, cakes and bakes. To add the awesomeness the Devon Valley fun-run starts and ends at the Market grounds at Oude Libertas a                  


German film maker Fassbinder commemorated


    As part of the international commemoration of the life and work of the controversial German film maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, two of his films, a documentary regarding his working methods, and a stage production will be showcased in Stellenbosch at  Aan De Braak theatre. The stage adaptation of Fassbinder’s Die Bitteren Tranen der Petra von Kant by playwright and director Charles J. Fourie will be performed by the talented young actresses Hilda Cronje, Cintaine Schutte, Carin Bester and Nieke Lombard. Fourie’s version ‘The Sweet Tears of Petrus Pansegrouw’ sees the main characters in contrast to Fassbinder’s orginal text engendered as love tormented males who struggle with                  

Out of Town

Stellenbosch Festive Street Banquet

Stellenbosch Festive Street Banquet

Most of us have experienced al fresco dining in Stellenbosch, but few can say they've sat and enjoyed a meal on historic Drostdy Street itself! On Friday 20 April, this street will be closed for a stylish street banquet to launch the new brand identity of Stellenbosch by the Executive Mayor, Alderman Conrad Sidego. For only R100 you can reserve your seat at a table and enjoy a line-up of top local performers including Laurinda Hofmeyr, Schalk van der Merwe, Lynette Pietersen, Roman Alexander, Niel Rademan, Pietman Geldenhuys and Ollie Viljoen. Everyone is asked to wear white to maximise the dramatic effect of this setting at night, and to bring along all food, drinks, cutlery and crockery for their tables. Stunning prizes                  

Interesting People

Frans Smit: A painter following his passion

Frans Smit

Stellenbosch-born artist Frans Smit is making waves on the local art scene, benefitting from a fortuitous and unique experience: being mentored by the renowned British painter Lucien Freud. He was born in 1976 and studied science at Stellenbosch University for a year before switching to photography at Free State Technikon. He moved to London in 1999 and followed his true passion: art. He completed several courses at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the City Lit College, and the prestigious St Martin's College of Art and Design. He has since moved back to Cape Town, where he lives and works, participating in numerous exhibitions across the country. "I was very fortunate to have befriended and been mentored by the                  

About Cape Town

From Beaches to Bistros: iKapa Delivers!


    Cape Town is one of the most unique cities in South Africa – in terms of its mixed population, mild weather and varied landscape. Because it’s on the very tip of the country (at the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans), it’s a microcosm of culture, energy and idiosyncrasy that lies in the cool shadow of Table Mountain. Cape Town provides some of Africa’s most exciting all inclusive holidays, partly because the oceans, mountains, fynbos and wine regions are within spitting distance of one another; meaning visitors can safari, swim, taste wine or hike in picturesque settings, and enjoy world-class accommodation and amenities. South Africa’s “Mother City”                  


The Stellenbosch Slow Food Fair


The city is frantic. Even the traffic is flying flagged allegiances. And although The World Cup hype is deliciously palpable, sometimes we need to step out of the red-robot-green-robot regiment that's currently on show and remember the slow, sultry offerings that lie outside of our mini metropolis. Take some time to slow down. This weekend the Stellenbosch Slow Food Fair exhibits South Africa's eclectic food culture. Over forty food stands will feature Indian, German, British, European and Chinese cuisines in a heated marquee - what better resistance to Winter than warm bellies inside and out.  For hot Gossip Girl XOXO - type convo and a good dose of estrogen in the air (which has been admittedly                  


Die Antwoord

Yolandi Vi$$er and Ninja

With no pretenses about the conviction of their message, self-named group, Die Antwoord, is an Afrikaans translation of "the answer". As of February, this fresh South African act has been "taking over the interweb". Their Enter The Ninjamusic video went web and kicked up more bandwith fuss than anything our sweet sovereign SA has seen before - making Die Antwoord a viral phenomenon so seductive that it temporarily disabled South African host Hetzner, before being taken on by the big boys at Google. With fan followings based ontwitter, myspace or facebook, and Youtube as their broadcast medium, Die Antwoord has harnessed all the heat of online campaigning to become one of South Africa's most distinct popular culture