The much anticipated annual theatrical showcase – the Voorkamerfest in Darling – once again sees the participation of top South African artists, both well established and emerging.
From stand up comedy and cabaret by the likes of Angel Campey, Emile Minnie and Irit Noble, to poets and rappers such as Blaq Pearl, Lara Kirsten, and Jitsvinger, opera by Xolani Maarman, drama by Graham Weir, dance and physical theatre by Jazzart, Dance for All and Nylon Theatre, and to magic by Stuart Lighbody, there is something to suit all tastes. Music lovers will be delighted with the vast range of genres and styles on the line-up with blues, folk, jazz, marimba, sonic art, punk, piano, flute and percussion presented by bands, ensembles and musicians including Buckfever Underground, Crallan Ray Vega, Jeremiah Brimstone Band, the David Wickham Steelband, Magda de Vries, Owen Britz and Tertia Visser.
The Voorkamerfest, presented for the first time in association with the Fugard Theatre, is one of South Africa’s most unique cross cultural events and after a two year break it returns to the quaint West Coast town of Darling over the first official weekend of spring from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018.
The Voorkamerfest was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser with the help of Pieter-Dirk Uys and the residents of Darling and invaluable support from local businesses. What sets it apart is that audiences don’t know exactly which shows they’ll be seeing until they are seated in the front rooms (voorkamers) of homes spread throughout the community. There are seven colour-coded routes each with three shows presented in three houses. Minibus taxis ferry patrons from Evita se Perron to venues that range from grand old Cape Dutch manors to RDP houses, where local hosts receive visitors with a warm Darling welcome.
Evita se Perron forms the festival hub with a daily outdoor market offering local crafts and refreshments.
One weekend, 21 shows, 60 performers – this is a festival not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast and advance booking is essential. Routes are scheduled for 5pm on Friday, 12pm and 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. Tickets must be collected on the day at the box office in the piazza at Evita se Perron and guests are advised to arrive an hour before taxis depart for the shows. Tickets cost R200pp on Friday and R250pp on Saturday and Sunday and are available through Quicket, www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za firstname.lastname@example.org and 079 1903218. R5 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Darling Trust NGO (www.thedarlingtrust.org).