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On Sunday 6th September we attended the Voorkamerfees in Darling with Janet, Paddy and David, Si and Ingi and Shana and Gillian. The festival started a few years ago with support from the Nederlandse Art Council, with the idea of show-casing local and international talent in a unique setting. Each artist or group is hosted by a home in the small country town, and patrons are bussed in local taxis to three of the venues for a half-hour performance in each. We queued up for a taxi to take us to the first voorkamer.
We were entranced by the famous SA singer Amanda Strydom who sang for us with such passion.
Then off in the taxi to the next voorkamer in the “Coloured” area of town.
Here we were regaled by a young Zimbabwean with the story of his flight from a desperate Zimbabwe with his friend Jacob, who he lost to the crocodiles of the Limpopo, and how he struggled in Joburg and eventually became an actor in CT. It was a sad story but told with such passion and humour that one could not help enjoying it. We bought one of his little “wire-and-bead” Jacobs as a memento, and he now sits on the dashboard of our van.
The third act was a lady from UCT who played beautiful classical guitar.
While waiting for our last taxi ride we found a lovely patch of arum lilies, and could not resist capturing our friends, the Lilleys, in the Lilly field.
By now we were simply glowing with culture, so we found ourselves a spot to spread out and enjoy the splendid bring-and-share picnic under the trees, before heading home.

Posted by davidsandi 04:51 Archived in South Africa

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