27 October to 3 November
Aesthetes and patrons of the arts, can look forward to ‘Franschhoek Creates’ – a week of curated gallery exhibitions, interactive showcases and a feast of visual storytelling.
The week of jam-packed exhibitions, performances and special offers begins with the renowned Everard Read Franschhoek, proudly presenting the latest solo exhibition by Swain Hoogervorst, a Cape Town-based artist known for intimate still life works and recently his larger abstract paintings. Enjoy ‘Great Heart Wines’ as the partner for this exhibition, a staff empowerment project of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Other top local gallery, Ebony/Curated will be showcasing two separate exhibitions, ’The Point’, which focuses on large-scale ceramic works featuring baboons and their relationship with the local environment by Lisa Ringwood. There’s also Oliver Scarlin’s 5th solo exhibition exploring perception, form and colour in his exhibition titled ‘New Paintings’.
Art In The Yard presents the ‘We Wear Culture’ exhibition. Aimed at exploring the connections between art and fashion in a weekend of highlighting wearable art with incredible offerings by local fashion designers and organizations all with a common objective to creatively and tirelessly dedicate their craft to the celebration of the South African culture.
Concluding the local galleries’ offerings, Grande Provence will be hosting a sculpture exhibition, where all are then invited to linger on enjoying a Cap Classique & Oyster pairing.
Perfume lovers can delight in the opportunity to enjoy an interactive ‘Perfume Privé’ workshop at Kumanov Perfumery, or explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes antique masterpieces at its First South African Perfume Museum.
Aptly timed with the full programme for ‘Franschhoek Creates’, guests are invited to join Babylonstoren museologist Elsa Vogts for a guided walk through the brand-new wine museum, The Story of Wine, followed by a special tasting This newly-launched addition to their iconic offering is an interactive space and visual documentary of the history and cultivation of wine. From an antique collection of corkscrews, virtual reality headsets, to a breakdown of the different terroirs that give wines of the world their distinct characteristics, this space celebrates the story of wine in Babylonstoren’s unique way.
Those searching for an entertainment wow factor can delight in a performance by award-winning cellist, Carol Thorns, in the beautiful Franschhoek Pass Winery cellar on 28 October which includes a private Morena Cap Classique Tasting with Nick Davies.
For the foodies, Franschhoek’s top chefs present ‘Culinary Collective’ on Friday 28 October – another first for Franschhoek – and the ultimate dining experience featuring a four-course epicurean experience hosted at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards that invite all to join in the conversation around the origins of good food with the local farmers and suppliers also firmly in the spotlight. There are also delicious platters available at Dalewood Fromage, an ode to the Winelands with their artisanal selection of crafted cheese and the perfect picnic-ready platters also available on-site. Deux Lions olive tasting is a must-try too, consisting of four different styles of olives (smoked, marinated, dried and a tapenade) available at their beautiful estate restaurant.
From exhibitions, food art and performances to art in its purest form, October is also Garden Month and over the last weekend of October, ten local gardens will also proudly be on show, offering the ultimate appreciation for mother nature – the greatest artist.
All are welcomed and encouraged to support the immense local talent on display in a week that was created to celebrate all things artisanal, visual and musical. For ticket info, full event and programme info please see the event lineup at https://franschhoek.org.za/event/franschhoek-creates/