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!

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!

Voorkamerfest 2012 bookings now open!

There is a route on Friday 31 Aug at 18h00 / Sat 1 Sept at 12h00 & 17h00 / Sun 2 Sept at 12h00
Friday @ 18h00 – R195pp per route
Saturday @ 12h00 & 17h00 – R225pp per route
Sunday @ 12h00 – R225pp per route
R5 per ticket is donated to The Darling Trust
Tickets are not refundable.

For information: Tasha or Chanda (Monday – Friday 10h00 – 17h00)
082 321 7542 
bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

 

This is how it works:

You book online or email and pay by direct transfer (credit card details can be phoned through to Chanda: 082 321 7542)

Arrival at Evita se Perron in Darling should be an hour before your route departs.

Parking will be sign-posted to The Darling Country Club, which is about 5 minutes walk from Evita se Perron, local taxis will be available, charging a nominal fee. The road in front of the Perron will be closed.

Find the well displayed Booking Office tent – please do not go to the taxi rank first.

Collect your ticket & this will determine on which route you go (big surprise! you cannot choose)

The taxis will take you to 3 theatre homes where we guarantee you will be well entertained by the fabulous line-up of International & SA artists. You will see 3 different 25 minute shows in 3 different venues. If you decide to go on another route please book at the booking office tent. Seats are limited so we suggest you book for the whole weekend asap – you could see 12 different shows!

You get to see three different performances which can be anything from dance, music (classical, jazz, world), poetry, stand-up comedy, circus, mime, drama or caberet. Part of the charm of the Voorkamerfest is the element of excitement in that the venues and performers remain a surprise!

Not suitable (yet) for children under 12 years of age.

Evita se Perron has a restaurant & bar, in addition there is also a bar & eatery tent outside, and various food, beverage & craft stalls. Take a walk aroundEvita se Perron with its boere-kitsch memorabilia & Boerassic Park. The Main Road which is within walking distance, has a number of excellent eaterieswho are waiting for your visit!

Don’t miss out on Darling’s renowned wine estates and of course our wonderful wild flowers … click here

OTHER ACTIVITIES ON THE WEEKEND

  • Saturday 1 September: The Darling Spring Parade starts @ 10h00 down the Main Rd ends @ Evita se Perron at 11h00
  • Extra parking area at the Darling Golf Club has been organised where extra accommodation is available in the tent camp.  Children will be catered for with a jumping castle and kiddies stalls.  Bookings for tents can be done through Chanda Barrows.
  • The Voorkamerfest food & crafts market at Evita se Perron will be even more vibrant this year. Relax & take in the vibrant local spirit & Darling fare.
  • Chanda Barrows will also take your booking & payment for the popular Perron Social dance/disco on Saturday 1 Sept @ 21h00 – tickets @ R75pp & sell out fast every year!  Cash bar available – (no meal included,  support all the gorgeous food stalls at the Market) Please contact her: bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za – By popular demand ‘Pete’s Mobile Party’ Disco Dance.
  • Don’t miss the hip-hop dancing group tutored by Lloyd Morengo from Rotterdam which will be presented at Evita se Perron an hour before each route departs, adding to the excitement of the weekend!

Voorkamerfest 2012 in Darling – 31 Aug, 1 & 2 Sept

Dear Voorkamerfest Fans

It’s that time of the year again!

Planning for VOORKAMERFEST 2012 in DARLING is in full swing!

Tickets are R195 pp for the Friday routes and R225pp for the Sat and Sun routes each, bookings open on 1 July.

Over the past year we have sent out numerous proposals for sponsorship to many organisations, corporations, banks, and government departments in both South Africa and the Netherlands.  However, we are finding that due to the restrictive financial climate worldwide, it has become necessary to seek underwriting support elsewhere.  We therefore appeal to all our faithful friends and offer the following to those able to give Voorkamerfest ongoing support:

As a Voorkamerfest Ambassador your 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 i.e. from Sunday 17 June.  Get in early because once bookings open, tickets sell out in a flash!

 

Your assistance as we move forward to assure the future for Voorkamerfest will be much appreciated!  We look forward to receiving your donation and your 2012 booking (any amount, although only donations of R200 or more will qualify for Voorkamerfest Ambassador status and priority booking)Here’s to another exciting line-up of artists for you again this year!

Please email the loverly Lizaan with your request and proof of payment for Ambassadorship – lizaan@evita.co.za

 

BANKING DETAILS:

The Darling Festival / Standard Bank / Darling branch – (00)050111 /
account no. 083 273 689 / ref: surname, initial & AMB

Please eft for my attention or fax to 022 492 2851.

Festival Greetings!

Tasha St John-Reid
www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za
tasha@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

Bookings:
bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za
082 321 7542

I ♥ Darling Because…

This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling

 

Hi, I’m Paul Martin from Aloe Cottage in Darling.

Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its won­der­fully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts FestivalEvita se Perron (the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout), great wine farms, art gal­ler­ies, country-style res­taur­ants and bis­tros, the Duckitt orchid nurs­ery, the friendly small-town atmo­sphere and relaxed coun­try life.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Evita se Perron where you can pose as “the most fam­ous white woman in South Africa” and take a humor­ous trip down South Africa’s memory lane at Boerassic Park.
THE BEST spring flower PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Waylands Flower Reserve or at the orchid open days at Duckitt Nurseries on the first Saturday of the month from May to November.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS CAN BE TAKEN while sip­ping wine at some of the local wine farms like Ormonde, CloofDarling CellarsGroote Post and Tukulu.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO cycle around the vil­lage and farm­lands with my cam­era. The Nguni cattle at Oude Post Farm are par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful with their speckled hides and long horns.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO browse the amaz­ing selec­tion of books at Book League.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time of the year, BECAUSE sum­mer offers trips to nearby Yzerfontein beach and long warm even­ings around the braai. The Darling Music Experience clas­sical fest­ival takes place in February. Autumn is ideal for wine tast­ing while the vine­yards turn to orange and gold. Winter brings misty morn­ing walks, and cosy nights with good food and wine. Spring brings the annual Darling Wildflower Show, Voorkamerfest, Rocking the Daisies music fest­ival and so much more …

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Chicory Cheese Café or Brig’s Barn.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST The Marmalade Cat.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Bistro Seven, TRY THE Eisbein.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Café Mosaic, known by the loc­als as ‘The Stoep’.
MY FAVOURITE bar­gain hunt­ing SPOT IS The Mantis Trading Store.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Kraalbosdam on a Friday night.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Darling Country Market on the first Saturday morn­ing of the month at the Nitrophoska Building.

Darling’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the local butchery, Darling Vleismark, per­fect for stock­ing up before return­ing to the city. And don’t miss the cheap homemade jams at the till!
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS enjoy the local beer, Darling Brew, avail­able at most res­taur­ants in Darling.

FOR SOME CULTURE , I LIKE TO GO TO the Voorkamerfest in September, where per­formers from South Africa and around the world give intim­ate per­form­ances in the ‘voork­amers’ (lounges) of houses in Darling. It is not to be missed.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO enjoy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY mak­ing your own wine at the annual Darling Cellars Crush Day.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS with my dogs at the Renosterveld Reserve at the top of the hill, where you have pan­or­amic views of the vil­lage and sur­round­ing farm­lands.
MY FAVOURITE gift and home­ware SHOP IS is the beau­ti­ful ware­house at the back of The Marmalade Cat.

MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS from the kit­chen win­dow at Aloe Cottage, where the weaver birds put on a fant­astic dis­play build­ing their nests and show­ing off their dexterity.

IF YOU’RE HERE IN July, JOIN IN THE FUN AT Christmas in July at Evita se Perron.

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Darling Museum. Discover how Darling got its name and don’t miss the little shop; Ouma’s Treasures.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Koekemakranka Backpackers, FOR ITS cre­at­ive and whacky interior, cre­ated by local artist and co-owner Omnia Grobler.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Lelieblom Farm Restaurant where the kids can see and touch farm anim­als. Enjoy a lazy week­end lunch where you dine with your hosts and enjoy true coun­try hospitality.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS tak­ing a leis­urely drive around the coun­tryside.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO go wine tast­ing, stock up my cel­lar with excel­lent local wines, then enjoy a cel­eb­rat­ory meal at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the dif­fer­ence that one per­son, Pieter-Dirk Uys, has made to a com­munity by put­ting Darling on the map and giv­ing so much to sup­port devel­op­ment pro­jects in the area.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS Aloe Cottage, of course!
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I sup­port The Darling Trust.

I ♥ Darling BECAUSE the people are friendly and wel­com­ing, the vil­lage is authen­tic and not overly touristy, and it’s an hour from Cape Town… but a world away!

Aloe Cottage

Aloe Cottage offers lux­ury self-catering hol­i­day accom­mod­a­tion in Darling, near to Cape Town, South Africa. We are pet-friendly! The hol­i­day home has been beau­ti­fully dec­or­ated with top qual­ity linen, fur­niture and art­work and enjoys pos­sibly the best views in Darling — over rolling hills and farm­lands to the dis­tant moun­tains. Aloe Cottage is the per­fect romantic get­away for couples as well as for week­ends away with friends or fam­ily holidays.

Visit Aloe Cottage
View Rates or make a Booking

Desirable Digits

Chicory Cheese — +27 (0)72 852‑6644
Brig’s Barn — +27 (0)22 492‑2451
The Marmalade Cat — +27 (0)22 492‑2515
Bistro Seven — +27 (0)22 492‑3626
Café Mosaic — +27 (0)22 492‑2307
Kraalbosdam — +27 (0)22 492‑3803
Lelieblom Farmhouse — +27 (0)82 573‑7736

Voorkamerfest buzz – a few tickets still available…

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THERE ARE STILL A FEW VOORKAMERFEST TICKETS LEFT FOR FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2011

PLEASE PHONE CHANDA ON 082 321 7542

 

ALSO

 

FOR THE SOCIAL AT EVITA SE PERRON ON SAT 3 SEPT @ 20H00

 

PETE’S MOBILE PARTY IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

PH BERYL 022-492 3930