2015 Voorkamerfest bookings open

2015 Voorkamerfest



BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE   http://voorkamerfest.cramgo.net/programmaview.aspx
or contact: Chanda: 082 321 7542 / bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

As wild flowers start budding in and around the west coast town of Darling, organisers of the Voorkamerfest are busy preparing for the town’s unique annual performing arts event to take place during the first weekend of spring… with flowers in full bloom!

The Voorkamerfest, now 12 YEARS OLD! sees 21 original performances staged in residents’ homes – whether or not they have a ‘voorkamer’ (sitting room) – being invited into residents’ homes to see a world-class show is not the only unique aspect of this festival.

The entire event is designed around the element of surprise as ticket holders do not know what shows they are going to see. Even the homeowners who volunteer their sitting rooms as a venue don’t know which artist they are to host for the weekend until a few hours before the first performance.

Rather than buying tickets to see specific shows, promoting a spirit of serendipity sees audiences buying a ticket for a performance routes.  A maximum of 26 people are accommodated on one of seven routes and are picked up by a local taxi that transports them to a series of three different shows in three different homes before returning them to Evita se Perron (restaurant/theatre) at the old Darling train station which forms the festival hub.

The small town becomes a hive of activity as local taxi owners buzz audiences from show to show on their set routes between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon as diverse acts by nationally and internationally recognised artists are performed.
Shows range from mime to cabaret and comedy to drama, national and international adds to the diverse flavour of this one-of-a-kind experience…

R5 of every ticket of R195 & R10 of every ticket of R235 sold is donated to The Darling Trust (www.thedarlingtrust.org) which works toward education and upliftment in the local community.

The festive, child-friendly atmosphere of the Voorkamerfest weekend is enhanced by outside entertainment and arts, crafts and food stalls at Evita se Perron, where each route departs and ends. The town also has a number of restaurants and coffee shops all supporting the festival and welcoming all who are ready to soak up the good ole country hospitality!

This year Voorkamerfest takes place over the weekend 4, 5 & 6 September 2015.
Tickets are R195 per person for the Friday evening route and R235 per person for all other routes.

A free concert will be staged on Sunday 6 September at 16h00 when the participating artists come together for a final bow in Darling East, directions available when you collect your tickets on the weekend.


  • Fri 4 Sept 2015 @ 17h00 @ R195 ea
  • Sat 5 Sept 2015 @ 12h00 @ R235 ea
  • Sat 5 Sept 2015 @ 17h00 @ R235 ea
  • Sun 6 Sept 2015 @ 12h00 @ R235 ea

(Please note: R5 of every R195 ticket and R10 of every R235 ticket sold goes to The Darling Trust in Darling, www.thedarlingtrust.org – thank you for your contribution!)

  • The Darling Festival Trust
  • Standard Bank
  • Darling branch: 050111
  • Account no.: 083 273 689
  • Ref: surname, initial & VKF
  • Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851 to secure your booking.

It is essential for you to be at Evita se Perron no later than 1 hour before the show to collect your colour coded tickets at the booking office and start absorbing the weekend’s festivities! Please be sure to read all the information below to help make your weekend a relaxed and unique experience.

Thank you for your support!

Don’t forget:

  • No alcohol or smoking permitted on the taxis or in the theatre homes
  • The colour coded tickets are dated – please check your tickets when you receive them.  NB If an incorrect ticket is used on the day, the finely balanced system of dividing the audience into the taxis/routes will collapse.
  • To ensure that you don’t see the same shows twice, stick with the tickets you are allocated.


  • The Voorkamerfest food & crafts market at Evita se Perron will be even more vibrant this year. Relax & absorb the local spirit & Darling fare.
  • Chanda Barrows will also take your booking & payment for the popular Perron Festival Party on Saturday 5 Sept @ 21h00 – tickets @ R85pp & sell out fast every year – cash bar available – (no meal included but please support all the many food stalls at the Market)
  • Sunday 6 September 16h00: All the artists who have performed over the weekend, graciously do 5 minutes of their show free at an open air performance  in Darling East – this ends up being a vibrant event with the artists … jamming and sharing.  A great way to end an exciting weekend – open to everyone!

Did you know you can ‘jump the queue’ and book 2 weeks ahead of regular bookings opening?

As a Voorkamerfest Ambassador a minimum donation of R200 a year will help to assure that this unique festival remains a definite date on the annual calendar. In return, you will be able to book your Voorkamerfest tickets 2 weeks prior to the official opening of bookings. Get in early because once bookings open, tickets sell out in a flash!

Make sure you are in line for this priority booking and subscribe today to become a valued Ambassador for 2016.

Please email  tasha@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za with your request and proof of payment for Ambassadorship…


  • The Darling Festival Trust
  • Standard Bank
  • Darling branch: 050111
  • Account no.: 083 273 689
  • Ref: surname, initial & AMB
  • Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851.

See you there
Festival greetings!

Pasella features Tannie Evita and Darling

Pasella kuier saam met Tannie Evita

Don’t forget to watch some of our darlings on Pasella on SABC 2 at 6pm on Friday 10 July 2015.

Here is a promo for the episode:

In nog ‘n propvol Pasella vertel Ivan Zimmerman van sy 12 000 km fietsrit deur Afrika, Joshua na die Reën wys sy dogtertjie en hy kry die kans om vir tannie Evita te sing. Dan help Evita se dorp Darling se inwoners ons om ‘n buffet-brunch partytjie aan mekaar te slaan.

Crush Day @ Darling Cellars: 1 March 2014



Haven’t you always wanted to get stuck into a bit of barefoot grape stumping? Now is your chance. Don’t miss the Crush Day at Darling Cellars on 1 March 2014 for a day filled with fun!

Crush Day


This is a day long affair and starts at 08h00 when everybody gather at the cellar to register and receive their goodie bags. After a Darling breakfast, the tractor-pulled wagons are ready to take the guests to the vineyards where you have to pick your own grapes. Once the picking is completed the fun begins…

Back at the cellar, pairs of two get into a barrels and stomp their grapes to the rhythm of the music. Prizes are up for grabs for the pairs who crush the most juice from the grapes.

After squashing the grapes between your toes, there is time to relax and have a glass of wine and wonder through the stalls with local produce while the kids (and sometimes even the gown ups!) are having fun on the slip ‘n slide or take part in the Easter egg hunt.

Also use your creative juices to create a label for the Crush wine 2014! At 13h00 you should have build up quite a hunger and then it is time to tuck into the lamb on the spit. Ease into the afternoon with the music of a local band. The day usually stops at 15h00 depending on how much the crowd enjoy themselves…

To top all of this, the wine that you created with passion will be ready for collection in August 2014.

crush day people

Booking is essential – visit www.darlingcellars.co.za or tel 022 492 2276

Darling Music Experience: 7-9 & 14-16 February 2014

For two weekends in February, Darling comes alive to the sound of classical music. The theme of the 2014 Darling Music Experience is “Beethoven Comes to Darling”. Once again the programme offers a line up great music, food and wine in the rural setting of Darling – “only an hour from Cape Town… but a million miles away.”

Some of the highlights this year are the young soprano Hlengiwe Mkhawanazi, the composer in residence Mac McKenzie, the amazing jazz trio and many more… For the full programme see below and visit www.darlingmusic.org. For tickets, call Innes on 082 310 3404 or e-mail darlingmusicexperience@gmail.com.

Darling Music Experience 2014

Darling Music Experience Programme

Condé Nast Traveller takes a foodie road trip through Darling and the Western Cape

Conde Nast Traveller article

A recent article in Condé Nast Traveller features a number of the Western Cape’s top restaurants, including Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post (Darling), Oep ve Koep (Paternoster), Voorstrandt (Paternoster), Gaaitjie (Paternoster), Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Farm (Franschhoek), Babel at Babylonstoren (Franschhoek), Reuben’s (Franschhoek), The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek), Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Wine Estate (Constantia, Cape Town), The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town), The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town) and The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town).

Below is an extract of the article by Rodney Bolt. Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article



The Western Cape’s reputation for wine in undiminished but now its cooking has caught up, with young chefs savouring exotic homegrown ingredients and looking to their own traditions rather than to Europe. South African-born Rodney Bolt tucks his napkin in for a road trip to relish.

My first stop, Groote Post wine farm, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, was once home to the splendidly named Hildagonda Duckitt, South Africa’s very own Mrs Beeton. Duckitt was the first woman in the country to publish recipes gathered from all manner of people – from Afrikaner farmers’ wives to the descendants of Malay slaves – over a century ago. Her books are largely forgotten, but at Hilda’s Kitchen (+27 22 492 2693; www.grootepost.com) her ghost hovers over chef Debbie McLaughlin. At a table set under the trees beside the whitewashed Cape Dutch farmhouse. I eat a brilliantly updated old-school Cape lunch of local charcuterie with a Hilda-inspired apple-and-date relish, oxtail simmered with cinnamon and butternut – brought to the table in a potjie (a three legged, cast-iron cooking pot). A pudding of sticky date tart is well matched by a luscious Groote Post Shiraz; but just a sip, as I am only stopping off on my way to Paternoster, further up the West Coast.

Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

Upcoming shows at Evita se Perron

See Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout in action at Darling’s famous ‘Evita se Perron’ theatre…


Show times subject to change. Always check http://www.evita.co.za for the latest programme. Booking essential for all shows.


February 2014 

Saturday 01 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19H00 50 Shades of Bambi

Sunday 02 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 08 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 09 14H00 And then there was Madiba

Friday 14 19h00 50 Shades of Bambi
Valentine´s evening

Saturday 15 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 16 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus


March 2014

Friday 21 14H00 Evita´s Human Rights
19h00 Adapt or Fly

Saturday 22 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19h00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 30 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus


April 2014

Saturday 12 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 13 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 19 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19h00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 20 14H00 Tannie´s Easter

Monday 21 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Friday 25 19h00 An Evening with Evita

Saturday 26 14H00 Adapt or Fly
19H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 27 14H00 Evita´s Freedom Day

Monday 28 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish


May 2014 

Thursday 01 14H00 Evita´s Workers Day

Friday 02 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Saturday 03 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish
19H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 04 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus
Saturday 10 14H00 Adapt or Fly
19h00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Sunday 11 14H00 Evita´s Mothers Day

Saturday 17 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 18 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 24 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 25 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 31 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish


Call Beryl on 022 492 3930
E-mail bookings@evita.co.za


‘Xmas in July’ at Evita se Perron


Have a great break from the city and eat drink & be merry with Tannie Evita as she celebrates an extra Christmas in the middle of the year. Enjoy a good laugh over Xmas lunch in the cosy theatre. You’ll find scandal, hope, hilarity and even a sing-a-long in Evita’s Xmas stocking!

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00 for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za  or visit www.evita.co.za.