Voorkamerfest 2018: 31 Aug – 2 Sept

voorkamerfest2018.jpgVoorkamerfest is BACK with a passion and renewed energy to enchant and delight the lucky ones who manage to get a ticket.

Voorkamerfest is usually sold-out every year, so prepare yourself for the weekend-comeback of your life: Friday 31 August, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September.

For those of you who have never experienced this truly South African cultural experience – this is what you are in for!

Festival-goers arrive at Evita se Perron 8 Arcadia Street in Darling, collect their colour coded tickets for various routes of different colours. They then queue for a taxi ride to their first venue where the first 25 minute performance starts, after which the taxi will take them to the second 25 minute adventure and then a third 25 minute surprise experience, returning thereafter, via the local taxi to Evita se Perron to enjoy the market vibes and connect with friends who have been on different routes, sharing their unique experience all over again! So within 100 minutes, three worlds of magic will be celebrated and new friends will be made. Owners of the homes are the theatre managers for those three days in September. After the years of experience, the people of Darling know how special each one of them has become to the success of this project!

Voorkamerfest was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser, with help of Pieter-Dirk Uys and the inhabitants of Darling.

Founding sponsor is Stichting Doen (NL)

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Deep South perform in Darling – 7 Nov 2015

Comprised of guitarist / pianist Dave Ledbetter and percussionist Ronan Skillen, world music duo Deep South is an instrumental collaboration that incorporates in their music sounds from across the globe. Musical influences from the east, west, north and particularly the south merge to create a skillfully crafted acoustic style with colorful grooves and poignant melodies.
Deep South’s lyrical compositions are executed with a delicate precision that falls easily on the ears.
Fronted by Dave and Ronan, the duet collaborates with various artists from around the world who bring their unique flair to Deep South’s ‘trip folk’ sound.
To date they have recorded 2 albums, the latest having been recorded in Switzerland by ECM artist Björn Meyer.

Deep South

For more info visit: www.deepsouthmusic.co.za

Upcoming shows at Evita se Perron

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

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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

HUMAN RIGHTS WEEKEND
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

EASTER WEEKEND
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

FREEDOM DAY WEEKEND
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 

WORKERS DAY WEEKEND
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
MOTHER´S DAY WEEKEND
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

 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
Call Beryl on 022 492 3930
E-mail bookings@evita.co.za
http://www.evita.co.za

 

‘Xmas in July’ at Evita se Perron

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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.

 

Upcoming Shows at Evita se Perron, Darling

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.

April 2013

Saturday 20 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 21 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Freedom Day/Workers Day Weekend
Friday 26 19H00 Ondskan

Saturday 27 14H00 Evita’s Freedom Day

Sunday 28 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

May 2013
Wednesday 1 14H00 Evita’s Workers Day

Saturday 4 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 5 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

June 2013
Saturday 1 14H00 An Afternoon with Evita
SOLD OUT

Sunday 2 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 8 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 9 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 15 14H00 Desperate First Ladies

Sunday 16 14h00 Evita’s Youth Day

Saturday 22 14H00 Adapt or Fly

Sunday 23 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Saturday 29 14H00 An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish

Sunday 30 14H00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

July 2013
Saturday 6 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 7 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 13 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 14 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 20 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 21 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Saturday 27 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

Sunday 28 14H00 Evita’s Xmas in July

BOOKING ESSENTIAL:
Call Beryl on 022 492 3930
E-mail bookings@evita.co.za
http://www.evita.co.za

Up Close Tours visits Darling

More uses for an old bath
(Courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/)

This blog post is courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/

Driving north from Cape Town on the R27 (take the R307 turnoff) for 72km will take you to Darling, a small town with its own wine route and a very special station. Since 1996, this station has been taken over by Evita se Perron, a restaurant-cum-playhouse-cum-art gallery owned by Tannie Evita Bezhuidenhout, otherwise known as Pieter Dirk-Uys. Evita se Perron put Darling firmly on the map and if you are looking to be thoroughly entertained followed up by an excellent meal, make a booking here.

Evita se Perron at Darling station
(Courtesy of http://www.upclosetours.co.za/blog/visit-darling/)

The Darling info centre/museum in the old town hall is open 7 days a week and has a nice display of old agricultural implements including a wheat carbine that looks like something built for the Will Smith movie Wild, Wild West. While at the museum, ask the friendly curator to show you the fascinating antique photographic glass slide collection.

There are four splendid wines farms on the Darling wine route (Cloof, Darling Cellars, Groote Post and Ormonde Vineyards) with only one – Groote Post – open on a Sunday.

The Hildebrand Monument is just outside the town and the curator at the museum can give you a very interesting insight into the death of this Boer commando.

The Voorkamerfest takes place in September and the concept here is that ticket-holders are driven by taxi to three mystery homes where they will experience some form of art (drama, mime, comedy or cabaret) in the homeowners lounge!  Stalls are setup throughout the town offering arts & crafts, food and wine tasting.

The roads around Darling are bordered by masses of white arum lilies in the winter. It’s illegal to collect them but stop and see if you can find the elusive and striking Arum Lily Frog that lives in the flower of the lily. Spring is flower season when Darling and surrounding towns are swamped with visitors. During this period, the Tinie Versfeld Flower Reserve just outside Darling is filled with an amazing array of flowers.

Other towns & places worth visiting in the area are:

  1. Groote Post farm

Named after a cattle guarding station, this 18th century farm continues its livestock breeding and dairy tradition but also includes an award winning winery and onsite restaurant serving modern country meals from the historic manor house

2.  Mamre

Originally a mission station dating back to the early 19th century, Mamre has a number of interesting places to visit –

  • There is a fantastic community-driven tour called the Mamre Donkey Trail where you take a donkey cart ride around the town escorted by a local guide. It’s a highly unusual tour worth taking and includes a meal, all at a very reasonable price
  • The Moravian mission station (church, water mill and VOC soldier’s barracks) visit is included in the above tour or drive to the site yourself
  • Visit the old goal in Mamre
  • Just outside the town is a nature garden containing indigenous plants

3.  Philadelphia

On your return to Cape Town, remain on the R307 and look out for a left turn to Philadelphia.  The town is a few 100 meters off the R307 (note that the R307 will take you back to Cape Town via the N7 highway). If I had money for a country home, this little picturesque town is where I would buy. Dominated by the huge church at its entrance, the town has a number of quirky shops, galleries, studios and restaurants. Of particular interest are the Crystals and Gemstones store and Pepper Tree Art Stable & Coffee Shop

4.  West Coast Ostrich Farm

On the N7 highway, the ostrich farm is well signposted. Visit to find out about the ostrich, its breeding & feeding habits and if you want some excitement, sit on one for a good photo opportunity

So, if you are looking for something unusual to do on a day trip, Darling and surrounding towns are worth visiting.

NOTE: Please don’t drink and drive, rather arrange a tour through us and never walk alone in any of the nature parks, we can assist with a guide. Our contact details can be found here:www.upclosetours.co.za/contact-us

This is the fourth in a series of blogs where we highlight some of the fantastic offerings in Cape Town’s neighbouring cities and towns. Look out for the next blog describing the nearby wheat region!

‘Xmas in July’ at Evita se Perron

“XMAS IN JULY” is an ideal time to eat, drink and be merry at Evita se Perron in Darling, where Evita Bezuidenhout will make you forget you’re in South Africa in winter, just six months away from the festive season!

It’s cold, cosy, unique and memorable – a Christmas tree with Tannie and all that is found in the Christmas stocking – scandal, hope, laughter and a sing-a-long. The limited season runs for four weekends, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Bookings 022 492 3930 or e-mail bookings@evita.co.za