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

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2015 Voorkamerfest bookings open

2015 Voorkamerfest

BOOKINGS OPEN!!

BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR VISIT TO DARLING FOR AN EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NOT FORGET
AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN BEFORE, YOU NEED NO INTRODUCTION TO THIS ONE-OF-KIND FESTIVAL.

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.

BOOKING INFO

  • 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!)
BANKING DETAILS:

  • 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.

OTHER ACTIVITIES ON THE WEEKEND

  • 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…

BANKING DETAILS:

  • 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!

Upcoming shows at Evita se Perron

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

Madiba

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