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 / email@example.com
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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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:
- 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
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
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!
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
This is how it works:
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: email@example.com – 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!
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
082 321 7542
This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling
Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its wonderfully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts Festival, Evita 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, Cloof, Darling Cellars, Groote 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 …
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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THERE ARE STILL A FEW VOORKAMERFEST TICKETS LEFT FOR FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2011
PLEASE PHONE CHANDA ON 082 321 7542
FOR THE SOCIAL AT EVITA SE PERRON ON SAT 3 SEPT @ 20H00
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