Things to do: celebrate harvest 2021, and ‘it’s art, yes’

Head to Spier for an art exhibition exploring the complexities of heritage preservation, tune in online for the annual Wine Harvest Commemoration, and enjoy the Freedom Weekend Market’s many offerings after a fun run with family and friends.

New dialogues, new future

Spier Art Exhibition Occupants of the inhabited
Picture courtesy of Spier

Don’t miss out on Spier’s latest art exhibition titled Occupants of the inhabited. The exhibition features leading South African artists curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with the Spier Arts Trust. Artists including Athi Patra-Ruga, Billie Zangewa, Thandiwe Msebenzi and Igshaan Adams will be showcased for a year in the estate’s historic manor house along with excerpts from interviews with some of the featured artists. “In a sense, the selected artists become occupants, the building’s second skin. The works have been selected to challenge the manor house’s spatial history, exploring and acknowledging the physical and psychological impact of colonial architecture and how it sits in this moment of postcolonial movement, making and transformations,” says Siwisa.

Admission is free and the works can be viewed daily from 08:00 to 17:00.

Harvest Commemoration goes virtual

Rev Desmond Meyer of the Uniting Reformed Church Koelenhof
The official Blessing of the Harvest by Rev Desmond Meyer of the Uniting Reformed Church Koelenhof. Picture courtesy of Yolandi de Wet PR

Next week, on 2 February 2021, the South African wine industry commemorates the first vintage on South African soil 362 years ago on the same day in 1659 as recorded by Jan van Riebeeck in his diary. The annual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is hosted at Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate for the 10thconsecutive year. This year, however, the event will be presented virtually. The programme includes performances by internationally acclaimed opera singers, and sisters, Pretty and Nombulelo Yende. Those interested in attending are cordially invited and can contact Razelle Galant on +27 (0)21 975 4440 or send an email to razelle@agriexpo.co.za for more information.

When: 2 February 2021 at 19:00

Run and market fun

Freedom Weekend Market Run
Picture courtesy of Freedom Weekend Market, Facebook

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek on the R301, the Freedom Weekend Market is bustling with activities for foodies and lovers of all things nice to meet over weekends. Every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday mornings, young and old are invited for a fun run. Post run, experience the hospitality of the market with food stalls, crafters, live music and more. Do arrive early to collect running numbers at registration.

Entry fee: R100 (5km and 10km), children under the age of 7 run for free

Starting times: 07:30 (10km) and 07:45 (5km)