For two days in March, the illustrious wine valley has decided to celebrate something more than just the heavenly nectar of its grapes. That’s right, on 17 and 18 March 2018, Franschhoek is honouring creativity of a different kind: its burgeoning community of local artists – at an exciting brand-new two-day Festival of Art.
Spread across three wonderful (and unique) venues, the festival aims to provide a platform for undiscovered local artists where they can exhibit their work in a creative, relaxed and beautiful environment.
In addition, each of the three venues will also showcase a celebrated South African artist: The art-lined halls at Bridge House School will feature the works of Selwyn Pekeur; Eikehof Wine Estate, below the Drakenstein mountain, is where Nanette Ranger’s pieces will be on show; while La Bri Estate, one of the first Huguenot wine farms in the area, is the setting for Ronald West’s exhibition.
Entertainment for all
And even if art is not really your thing, there’ll be a variety of entertainment for all to enjoy. Local musicians, street performers and live buskers will set the streets abuzz, while mime acts and jugglers will have the kids enthralled.
Art enthusiasts can catch a real-life look at what it takes to create a work of art, with a number of artists and sculptors using their stalls as makeshift studios, exhibiting their methods.
You didn’t think we’d send you to the wine valley without the option of vino, did you? Of course not! Festival-goers will have various gourmet options to choose from. Pop by one of the food trucks for an on-the-go bite, or do a picnic in the vineyards, with a hamper filled with tasty treats. Lovers of the luxe life can sip champers till the cows come home, while savouring fresh oysters under the shade of an old oak tree.
The weekend is sure to be a feast for more than just the eyes, so round up your loved ones, and come and celebrate Franschhoek’s creative spirit. And, if you’re overflowing with art-spiration, make your mark on the giant communal canvas. “We want people to interact with art in a fun way, by providing an opportunity for them to reconnect with art and the artistic process,” say the festival organisers.
Location Bridge House School, Waterfall Arm, R45, Franschhoek
Eikehof Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek
La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek