Submit Your Music Tour Funding Application To Concerts SA Today

Planning a music tour but unsure how to fund it? Apply to Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund which will select new projects to support in July

Applications Deadline: Sunday 23rd July 2017

This tour funding mechanism offers opportunities for professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in South Africa as well as other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The fund provides support toward live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops.

Following the success of the six previous rounds of funding, applications are now open for the second iteration of Music Mobility Fund disbursements this year. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 23rd July 2017, and tours should take place between mid-August 2017 and 25th February 2018.

The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and music sector stakeholders, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also seeks to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Since it was initiated in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has received over 700 applications and supported more than 130 tours with artists like Madala Kunene, Tu Nokwe, Andre Petersen, Wendy Oldfield, Mark Fransman and Msaki.

Msaki says: “Having Concerts SA as a partner, collaborator and advisor through the Mobility Fund has been powerful and freeing. Every independent musician knows that hitting the road is a challenge but when you have a 10-piece band, challenge might not be the most accurate word. Concerts SA gave me the power of logistical problem solving. And since performing at Bushfire in Swaziland as part of our tour, other festivals have booked us after seeing us there. A watershed career changing opportunity, made possible by the Music Mobility Fund.”

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More than 600 musicians have successfully toured across the 9 South African provinces as well as 10 countries in southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Madagascar), playing over 700 shows to around 50 000 people, spanning genres from jazz to indigenous music, from folk to hip-hop to kwaito.

Designed to help musicians, music industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences for their work, the fund provides support towards travel and transportation, as well as per diems, material costs (hiring of backline and sound equipment), accommodation, artwork design, travel insurance and visas.

Musician, composer and UCT researcher Cara Stacey, leader of the Afrikan Freedom Principle project, says: “The Concerts SA Mobility Fund allowed for a wild and creative idea to be realised. It helped myself, Mandla Mlangeni, and Matchume Zango (three musicians in three cities) to come together to create new music and then helped us to share this with transnational audiences. It is a priceless opportunity and so important in facilitating the development of creative work but also the creative minds of both musicians and audience members.”

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Among the projects that may be financed are tours and concerts, including regional, national or provincial tours, as well as performances at festivals and showcases. The Music Mobility Fund also funds artistic collaborations with merit among musicians based in different provinces of South Africa or SADC countries. Each project must be between four days and three months in duration.

Qhawekazi Giyose and Gugulethu Duma, who workshopped with legendary Madosini as part of their live performance project, comment: “The Mobility Fund helped us actualize a project we have been conceptualizing for four years. It opened up doors for collaborations with artists and spaces we have been wanting to work with, and also motivated us to keep momentum going in our musical endeavours.”

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National Projects

Artists from all provinces are invited to apply for national projects taking place in any South African province(s). The bulk of the activities must take place outside the province where the artist is based. The tour schedule must include one activity in either Gauteng, the Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal. Applicants may request up to R30,000.

Regional Projects

Regional projects must take place in one or more of the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While activities in South Africa may be included as part of regional projects, the bulk of the activities must take place outside of South Africa. Applicants will need to conduct their own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional, and must be based in the SADC country (or countries) where the project will take place. Applicants may request up to R45,000.

Application process

Applicants should read the Call for Proposals and complete the Application Form in English, and submit it by Sunday 23rd July 2017, including the following mandatory documents: legal documentation of the applicant (ID/passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; company registration documents); track record (media coverage, website links, evidence of recognition awards, public appearances or residencies, CV, biography, etc.); budget of the project (including projected income and expenditure); and a calendar of activities with tour schedule. SADC regional projects must include a letter from the local host confirming their support and involvement.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted by email to concertssa@samro.org.za, by fax to 086 500 7028 or by post to Concerts SA, c/o The SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor SAMRO Place, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001.

For more information, visit http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ConcertsSA) or like Concerts SA on Facebook

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#FeatureFriday | Meet Fine Jewellery Brand ANPA.

Meet the serial entrepreneurs making inroads into the global luxury market from a sleepy seaside village.

When South African music superstar Lira sought fine jewellery as unique as her music, she turned to local Cape Town design studio, ANPA, who specialize in hand-crafted fine jewellery designed to complement each client’s unique personality & style. The label is known within its niche market as the go-to brand for one-of a-kind statement pieces that redefine understated elegance and luxury.

In less than a decade, ANPA has evolved into a global player, attracting a loyal following among A-listers and the well-heeled set, including distinguished celebrities, diplomats, business executives and a perennial international tourist base predominantly from Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK and the US.

ANPA is owned and run by entrepreneurs Patrizia Litty & Andreas Betzold, who operate the business from two showrooms in Franschhoek & Kalk Bay respectively. The serial entrepreneurs have also made a name for themselves within the art world through their contemporary gallery, ODA. The large Franschhoek showroom hosts the design studio and displays both jewellery and art, while the Kalk Bay showroom houses the manufacturing workshop.

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Stanislaw Trzebinksi – Ortus At The Melrose Gallery | 6 – 27 July 2017

The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg is proud to present Stanislaw Trzebinki’s “Ortus” – a sculptural journey back to our roots”. 

 

RISING STAR STANISLAW TRZEBINSKI TO SHOWCASE AT THE MELROSE GALLERY

Gauteng art enthusiasts are in for a treat this July as Stanislaw Trzebinski, a talented 25-year-old sculptor, showcases his mesmerizing solo exhibition, “Ortus”, at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg.

Part of his ongoing coral series, “Ortus”, features never before seen bronze sculptures in the 41-piece strong showing, along with never before seen two-dimensional works on brass, copper and paper. The exhibition follows on from a well-received run in Cape Town late last year.

“Ortus”, the Latin word for origins or beginnings, aptly evolves and extends Stanislaw’s central theme of modern man’s disassociation with the natural world.

The exhibition is presented as a complete story in that each work speaks to and has relevance to each other.

‘’I sought to illustrate the beauty of perfect harmony with nature, which is all but lost in modern life. I feel the need for us to take a closer look at our origins, and rekindle our forefathers’ appreciation and respect for the natural world on which we depend for our survival.” Stanislaw Trzebinski

 

AN EMERGING AFRICAN STAR
Now based in Cape Town, Trzebinski is a Kenyan born sculptor of Polish, German & English decent. He is the son of famed painter, the late Tonio Trzebinski, and celebrated fashion designer, Anna Trzebinski. Both parents enjoyed international critical acclaim in their respective fields. With this heritage, it is therefore not surprising that his outputs thus far carry all the traits of a passionate creative force to be reckoned with.

Discovered in high school, Stanislaw had his first solo exhibition at 17-years old. Although political commentary inspired his early work, his love for nature soon took over. After a brief stint at the acclaimed Pratt Institute in New York, he moved to Cape Town to hone his skill and  produced a body of work that incorporated natural elements, like coral, rocks and abstract shapes and forms with the human form.

’Stanislaw has a remarkable understanding of his materials and his use thereof is way beyond his years. He is not afraid to experiment and this exciting blend of talents is resulting in artworks that are completely unique and extremely captivating. He is fast establishing himself as a serious contender in the South African contemporary art scene and we expect to see great things from this talented young artist,’’ Craig Mark, Director: The Melrose Gallery.

 

THE GLOBAL STAGE

Stanislaw’s Functional art, ‘’Triton’s Table’’ was exhibited with thanks to Southern Guild Gallery, as part of the Contemporary Living: Art, Craft and Design exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington in April 2017.

Stanislaw was invited to speak at Christies, the respected international auction house, at their latest event, in order to provide collectors and enthusiasts with an insight into his unique working processes.

Commenting on the Christies auction, “I am deeply humbled by the opportunity and am still lost for words somewhat. As hard as I have worked, it’s an honor that one does not expect in one’s twenties. This has been a wonderful experience.”

“Ortus” will run from 6 – 27 July 2017 at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg and this exhibition should not be missed.

For more information on the exhibition see www.themelrosegallery.com or to RSVP for the opening on 6 July at 6:30pm, contact craig@themelrosegallery.com

 

Past Exhibitions:

  • Contemporary Living: Art, Craft & Design, Christie’s Auction House (April 2017)
  • “Ortus” Solo Show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (November 2016 – January 2017)
  • A sculpture for the Rose Garden at the acclaimed Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape (October 2017)
  • “Beneath the surface” Solo Show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (03 – 27 September, 2015)
  • “Homer Sapiens” Group Show, Objekt Design Art, Franschhoek, South Africa (August 15th – September 27th, 2015)
  • “Woodwork” Group Show, Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (June 4th – September 19th, 2015)
  • “Young Guns” Group show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (March 3rd – April 18th, 2015)
  • Group show, Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (August 6th – September 3rd, 2014)
  • “Kingdom” Group Show, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Cape Town, South Africa (August 9th – October 12th, 2014)

 

 

ABOUT THE MELROSE GALLERY

The Melrose Gallery, a 290sqm space situated on The High Street, opened to the public on 01 December 2016. The gallery is collaboration between Justin Divaris, well-known entrepreneur and CEO of Daytona – sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren and Rolls-Royce, Clint Strydom acclaimed South African photographer, and Craig Mark of Kizo Art Consultants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SERAS CSR Awards Announce 2017 Call For Entries from Across Africa

The Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards, otherwise known as The SERAS CSR Awards Africa, have announced the call for entries for the 2017 edition, and in 2017, for the first time, East African businesses and organisations are also invited to enter, making the event truly pan-African for the first time.

First held in 2007, The SERAS have grown to become the largest and most respected awards event aimed specifically at promoting and rewarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa. Originally the awards were focused on West Africa, but 2017 sees the awards become truly pan-African, open to businesses from West, East, and Southern Africa.

The 2016 edition of the event saw the awards extended into Southern Africa with entries received from organisations in various countries including Angola, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Ghana. In fact, Investec Bank South Africa took home the overall prize and capped a beautiful night with multiple wins in various categories, while MTN and Nigerian Breweries plc. emerging as runner-up and first runner-up respectively.

In 2017, the SERAS are excited to open the competition further, with East African businesses now also eligible to enter. The SERAS will be making a concerted effort to reach out to businesses across the region. The team at the SERAS recognises that East Africa is one of the fastest growing, and most stable regions in Africa and has a well developed corporate and NGO sector, and all organisations from the region are encouraged to enter the awards within the various categories.

Widely acknowledged as the largest and most respected event on the CSR & Sustainability calendar across Africa, from inception to date the SERAS has registered 710 entries from 115 organisations.

The theme for the 2017 awards is Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact, a theme that challenges corporates to ensure their social responsibility investments yield real world results.

At the onset of the millennium, world leaders launched an ambitious global mission to reduce poverty and enhance human development. Sadly, Africa has been able to attain only a little under 15% of expected target impacts.

There can be no doubt that brands and organisations are hurling themselves at sustainability and corporate social responsibility as if it is the answer to everything. Not a day passes without new announcements and claims of brands championing environmental and social issues on our behalf. Sales of ‘green’ products in stores have doubled between 2010 and 2012 and green advertising tripled in Africa between 2011 and 2014. Unfortunately however, a huge percentage of these advertising claims are actually ‘green washing,’ the term given to any marketing or brand claim around environmental or social issues that is false, misleading, or exaggerated.

This edition of the the SERAs seeks to uncover the brands that have walked their talks in the real sense, and to highlight and reward those investments and interventions that lead to actual impacts in communities where organisations do business and in the general society at large.

There are 25 awards categories that businesses can enter including, Best Company in Poverty Reduction, Best Company in Eradication of Hunger, Best Company in Promotion of Gender Equality, Best Company in Provision of Clean Water & Sanitation, Best Company in Affordable & Clean Energy, Best Company in Industry & Innovation, Most Sustainable Cities/Communities Award, as well as the regional award for Best Company in CSR/Sustainability East Africa.

The competition is open to large, medium and small scale, not- for- profit organizations, as well as public sector organizations.

Further details on how interested organizations can participate can be found on the awards website http://www.theseras.com. The SERAS CSR Awards is billed hold on November 17th 2017 at the prestigious Eko Hotel, Lagos.

#LAWatches | Ngola’s Warm Up Sessions

Kuthula Londoloza Magubane is a Hip-Hop/ Alternative musician and actor born in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1990. His alias musically is “Ngola”, an ancient Swahili word meaning “King.”

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Born In The 90z is the first single released off his debut project entitled RocketPowerLove. RocketPowerLove is a fruitful coming-ofage soundtrack about what independence means for an African artist. The project is a fourteen-track EP highlighting the introspective emotional, spiritual and mental toil one endures before and after signing a record deal. His body of work reflects a musical pilgrimage through contrasting landscapes in Durban to Cape Town and finally, Johannesburg.

It is more than the story of the Hip-Hop artist on the journey to becoming an allround musician. It is the story of an entrepreneur, university graduate, professional model, actor and idea generator.

Milestones include opening for international act Casey Veggies (Los Angeles) alongside Youngsta CPT in 2015. Locally, Ngola has opened for household names in South African music such as Crazy White Boy, Zaki Ibrahim, Euphonik, to most notably Stogie T. As an actor, Kuthula has already made major appearances in local television, currently as “Malibongwe” in the popular drama Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic. In 2017, Ngola is a member of the J&B Hive in Braamfontein, creating platforms such as 2SIXteenZ & TheHipHopMarket for African creatives and young people to showcase and experience alternative spaces in South African popular culture. It is a mission critical to his company’s vision and a life’s work better known as LOFW: Leaders of the Future World.

NGOLA
Facebook: @LOFW
Instagram: @Ngola_III
Twitter: @Ngola_III
Email: kmagubane@gmail.com

adidas celebrates International Day of Yoga

Today is International Day of Yoga and in celebration of this special day, adidas has photographed Yogis around the world saluting the sun. The photos will be posted on @adidasWomen as the sun rises in each of those countries.

Tegan, Cara-Lisa and Joëlle fly the flag for South Africa, so be sure to catch their stunning images on Instagram.

Shop the collection here: https://shop.adidas.co.za/women/campaign/yoga/?utm_source=AdieEmail&utm_campaign=women_international-day-yoga-emailer-2017-06-21&utm_medium=image&utm_term=image-shop-the-collection

The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards Attracts Local & International Thought Leaders

The inaugural South Africa Brand Summit & Awards, which seeks to analyse South Africa as a brand and recognise organisations and people who have enhanced the country’s reputation, has secured a growing list of renowned thought-leaders, speakers, and panellists.

The list includes the likes of:
• Professor Jonathan Jansen – Academic, Columnist and Author
• Siki Mgabadeli – ENCA Television and SABC Radio Anchor
• Crispin Sonn – Executive Director, Gamiro Investment Group
• Alan Winde – Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape
• Yanina Dubeykovskaya – Founder and Chairwoman of The World Communication Forum, Davos

At a critical time in South Africa’s history, The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards will provide a unique platform to begin – but certainly not finish – a series of important conversations about the health and future of South Africa’s nation brand. In a first, pioneers from business, politics and civic society will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by looking at:

• The size of the gulf that exists between South Africa’s brand identity and brand image;
• How South Africa is currently perceived, what it is associated with and known for, domestically and globally.
• Our nation’s brand narrative(s), i.e. the messages that are being received out there, domestically and globally, about the country; how these are generated and propagated, and how they inform the narrative of the nation brand image;
• South Africa’s best-loved brands, across the spectrum domestically and globally, that particularly impact on South Africa’s image.

With the theme “Recapturing the South African narrative”, The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards, will take place on 16th & 17th November 2017 in Cape Town, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner at which brands that make South Africa shine will be celebrated.

Awards: Members of the public are invited to nominate any natural person, company, organisation or group which they feel represents their ideal South African brand. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges.

South African brands can be nominated for the following categories:
• Socio-economic development
• Policies and practice on rights issues (human rights, labour rights, environmental rights, children’s rights, animal rights, women’s rights, group rights, etc.)
• Community builders
• South African brand ambassadorship, locally and abroad
• Ethical leadership
• Embraces and promotes diversity
• Generates positive publicity for RSA
• Attracts positive interest in RSA
• Generates positive publicity and global goodwill for RSA
• Mentors and grows young South Africans

Early bird tickets and award nomination forms are available at sabrandsummit.co.za.
Solly Moeng, Reputation Specialist & Project Convenor has this to say: “We are very excited about the feedback we have received for our inaugural summit. It is our honour to welcome a growing list of exceptional speakers, panellists, moderators and sponsors from all sectors of our society into the fold.

The need for such an initiative has never been more critical. And it has never been more timely. The Summit will initiate and lead critical conversations about our nation’s brand image; the attributes that make us proud, as well as the opportunities that remain to improve on our best efforts to progress in an increasingly global and complex world.
This initiative will also provide an opportunity to reflect on how best to position South Africa as an attractive destination for FDI, discerning tourists, project collaboration in many sought-after fields (academia, sports, etc.); all aimed at promoting sustainable development, as well as regional and global leadership for South Africa.”

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Facebook: BrandSummitandAwardsSA

 

#CoolSpaces | Wine Whales and Music Weekend at De Hoop

Spectacular whale viewing – fabulous wines – incredible music!

The Wine Whales and Music Weekend from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2017- a special weekend to celebrate 10 years of De Hoop Collection’s hospitality – offers spectacular whale viewing with great wines and music – an absolute feast for the senses!

To witness and celebrate the magnificent giants of the sea you are invited to enjoy a memorable three days of whale spotting, wine tastings, tea and cake on Saturday afternoon and the highlight of the weekend, the Whale Time Serenade on Saturday evening.

De Hoop’s dinner, bed and breakfast weekend itinerary includes a special wine tasting with Strandveld wines, followed by a 5-course dinner on Friday evening and on Saturday book for Eco Boat cruises, a guided Bird Walk and Richard von Geusau’s chocolate-making workshop and enjoy tasting the wines showcased by the fabulous local wineries, and explore marine life under the microscope; afternoon tea and cake will be served under the Fig tree and in the evening listen to the ever-popular Whale Time Serenade for strings and flute with world-class musicians Peta Ann Holdcroft, Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Irina Tsoniff, Ivo Ivanov and Vladimir Ivanov, with dinner in The Shed.

An exciting addition to this bumper Weekend are the three learned professors from the University of the Free State, Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson, who will explain ‘Life in the Intertidal Zone’.                They will set up a mini-lab and show guests the wonders of marine life through the microscope, which will be followed by a “marine experience” early on Sunday morning at low tide to explore Real Estate Habitats on the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen and enjoy a Picnic Breakfast on the dunes.

…and then there are the whales!

De Hoop is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots with this stretch of the coastline being one of the world’s most important nursery areas for Southern Right whales and it is in September when more than 40 percent of the world’s Southern Right whales arrive in the bay at De Hoop to mate, calve and see their young through their first few vulnerable months.

Cost: from R925 per person per night sharing in a Rondawel to R2 150 per person per night sharing in a Suite (minimum two night stay).  Rate includes Friday Wine tasting, Friday Dinner, Saturday breakfast, Wine tasting, High Tea, Dinner and Music, Sunday breakfast and Whale Talk at Koppie Alleen.  Drinks and guided activities excluded.

Booking is essential.

Reservations can be made at 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za

www.dehoopcollection.co.za/com

Social media:

Twitter: @dehoopreserve

https://www.facebook.com/DeHoopCollection

Instagram: @dehoopreserve

When taking pics at De Hoop please use these hashtags – #dehoopcollection #dehoopgetaway

The Itinerary

Friday 1 September
2:00pm Arrive and Check-in at De Hoop
3:00pm Eco Boat Cruise on the Vlei with delicious canapés and drinks (R350 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
5:30pm Wine Tasting with Strandveld wines
7:30pm Gourmet Dinner with suggested wine pairing by Strandveld wines
(Dinner included in accommodation rate – wines charged per glass)

 

Saturday 2 September
8:00 am Guided Bird Walk along the Vlei (R150 pp kids 12 and under half price)
8:00-11:00 am Breakfast (included in accommodation rate)
10:00 am Chocolate-making Workshop with Richard von Geusau (R120 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
11:00 am Eco Boat Cruise on the Vlei with delicious tea, coffee and pastries (R350 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
11:00 am – 3pm Wine Tasting – enjoy a selection of wines from the local wineries
3:30pm High Tea while exploring the fascinating marine life in de Hoop under a microscope
4:30pm Presentation by Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson – The ShedWho are the farmers of the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen?”
7pm Whale Time Serenade for strings and flute with dinner in The Shed –Peta Ann Holdcroft, Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Irina Tsoniff, Ivo Ivanov, Vladimir Ivanov

 

Sunday 3 September
7:30am: explore Real Estate Habitats on the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen with Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson, with a Picnic Breakfast on the dunes

Activities at De Hoop – Guests of all ages and tastes will find something to do at De Hoop: Families can enjoy all the usual home comforts plus family oriented fun activities on offerwonderful birding opportunities, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool and Fynbos walks, extensive hiking and mountain biking trails or a running trail (25km route); tennis or boules and remember, for the younger members of the family there are baby-sitting services available – and don’t forget, Winter is whale season at De Hoop. And if you should need ‘time out’ for a bit of pampering, remember there is that ultimate escape (with a variety of revitalising Beauty and Body treatments) at the Spa @ De Hoop, an exercise in understated luxury, situated in the beautiful surrounds overlooking the vlei. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as the De Hoop Nature Reserve – from the sea, which during whale season is the playground for the Southern Right Whale, the sand dunes, the vlei, the rare Fynbos, the diverse antelope and the De Hoop ‘regulars’ of Bontebok, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and the more than 260 species of birds De Hoop is without doubt, the ultimate location to visit. Experience all of these riches with one of De Hoop Collection’s fabulous and knowledgeable guides.

About De Hoop Collection

The De Hoop Collection opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007 under the creative and entrepreneurial hands of Carl Trieloff and William Stephens, renowned for their successful Madikwe Game reserve developments. In a spectacular setting, with conservation aspects managed by Cape Nature, the reserve offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets.  The Reserve, in the Overberg region, is a comfortable three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale routes – the ideal stop-over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. Visitors to the De Hoop Collection enjoy unparalleled peace and tranquillity in what must be one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems.

#CoolSpaces | A Whale of a Trail Run at De Hoop

This is trail running at its best!  

The Whale of a Trail Run at De Hoop, along the Southern Cape coast, takes place this year on Saturday 29 July 2017.

A mere three hour’s drive from Cape Town along the Southern Cape coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the route takes runners on a 53km journey from the Potberg mountains to Koppie Alleen in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. The first 26km winds through fynbos-covered mountains with spectacular views of the Breede River Valley and then descends to the enchanting Noetsie Bay, turning west and winding along the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, with a mix of sandy beach and coasteering trails.

De Hoop Collection is proud to host the 2017 Merrell Whale of Trail; organised by the Mountain Runner Events, the Merrell Whale of Trail route attracts the kind of participants that enjoy the challenge of a tough trail, as well as the contemplation and solitude that a mountain trail gives; people who genuinely, simply, love being out there – the true adventurers.

Limited to just 175 athletes – the prescribed limit set by Cape Nature since they do not want to put too much pressure on the iconic De Hoop Nature Reserve coastal trail – the Merrell Whale of Trail is “a small race with a big heart”, says Mountain Runner Events organiser Graham Bird, “and one that is a a must-do for anyone who has already tackled the more conventional runs out there. Participants experience a 53km route that is a veritable smorgasbord of mountain and seaside delights – undulating rocky ridges, steep climbs, relentless sandy beaches and flowing fynbos paths and the whales, of course”. 

Bang in the middle of the whale season, runners can be excused for thinking they are being chaperoned by the Whales, as scores of the annual migratory Southern Right Whales breach the water, spy hopping and waving their fins at the passers-by; every year from around June the Southern Right whales leave their icy feeding grounds in Antarctica and head for African shores, particularly favouring the De Hoop marine reserve in the Western Cape. The 71 km stretch of coastline ranks as the most important nursery area for Right whales worldwide, where they give birth, nurture their calves and engage in mating and social behavior.

Entries: whaleoftrail.co.za and for further information go to www.whaleoftrail.co.za

Book your accommodation at De Hoop now for the Whale of Trail Race Weekend from 28 July to 30 July.

Take advantage of the special winter rates valid until 27 July 2017 and be part of the De Hoop Collection’s 10th Anniversary Year celebrations – you can book a de Hoop Village for as little as R250 per person* for up to six people (*R1 500 per cottage (normal rate R4 770)!

This special is only valid for new bookings made for the period 1 May 2017 to 27 July 2017 and applies to the De Hoop Village units only.  The Village units sleep six guests and consist of 1x double room, 1x twin room, 1x room with bunk beds, a lounge, a fully equipped Kitchen and dining room, bathroom with shower and an outside barbeque/braai area; perfect for the whole family during the school holidays.

Phone 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za

www.dehoopcollection.com

Social media:

Twitter: @dehoopreserve

https://www.facebook.com/DeHoopCollection

Instagram: @dehoopreserve

When taking pics at De Hoop please use these hashtags – #dehoopcollection #dehoopgetaway

Notes to Editor

Event Info

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017

Time: 7h00

Registration: 28th July 2017 – 16h00-19h00 at De Hoop Collection

 Briefing Dinner: 28th July 2017 – 19h45 at De Hoop Collection

Prize giving Dinner: 29th July 2017 – 20h00 at De Hoop Collection

​Link: www.whaleoftrail.co.za

Contact:

Tatum Prins

Email: info@mountainrunner.co.za

Cell: + (27) 083 449 0760

More Info:

​South Africa’s iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route is offered as a challenge to runners capable of embracing all 53km and 1900m elevation of spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach stretches and endless, mind blowing, beautiful vistas in one day. The Merrell Whale of Trail event is the only opportunity each year for a maximum of 175 nature loving athletes to run hard on this trail while treading lightly on the earth.

 

Activities at De Hoop

Guests of all ages and tastes will find something to do at De Hoop: Families can enjoy all the usual home comforts plus family oriented fun activities on offer – wonderful birding opportunities, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool and Fynbos walks, extensive hiking and mountain biking trails and tennis or boules and remember, for the younger members of the family there are baby-sitting services available – and don’t forget, Winter is whale season at De Hoop. And if you should need ‘time out’ for a bit of pampering, remember there is that ultimate escape (with a variety of revitalising Beauty and Body treatments) at the Spa @ De Hoop, an exercise in understated luxury, situated in the beautiful surrounds overlooking the vlei. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as the De Hoop Nature Reserve – from the sea, which during whale season is the playground for the Southern Right Whale, the sand dunes, the vlei, the rare Fynbos, the diverse antelope and the De Hoop ‘regulars’ of Bontebok, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and the more than 260 species of birds De Hoop is without doubt, the ultimate location to visit. Experience all of these riches with one of De Hoop Collection’s fabulous and knowledgeable guides.

 

About De Hoop Collection

The De Hoop Collection opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007 under the creative and entrepreneurial hands of Carl Trieloff and William Stephens, renowned for their successful Madikwe Game reserve developments. In a spectacular setting, with conservation aspects managed by Cape Nature, the reserve offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets.  The Reserve, in the Overberg region, is a comfortable three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale routes – the ideal nature experience en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. Visitors to the De Hoop Collection enjoy unparalleled peace and tranquillity in what must be one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems.

 

20 FILMMAKERS AT #ZIFF20 | Support a Filmmaker for the Zanzibar International Film Festival

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9-day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself.

Every year ZIFF hosts a range of international filmmakers from across Africa and all over the World. This year we celebrate 20 years of festival, with the apt theme of “finding joy.”

Most African filmmakers whose films are selected for screening are self-funded and often struggle to cover their own costs to attend the event.  ZIFF has a goal of providing accommodation to at least TWENTY African filmmakers and needs the support of film-fans from across Africa and the world to make this possible

It is the attendance of the filmmakers from across Africa and beyond that helps to create the vibrant and engaging atmosphere that the festival is renowned for. Filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players, aspiring filmmakers, and film fans from Zanzibar and beyond.

The networking and business opportunities presented at ZIFF for filmmakers are substantial, especially this year with the first annual SOKO FILAM, Film and TV Content Market taking place during the festival.

To assist in covering the costs of transporting and accommodating 20 African filmmakers for 3 days at ZIFF, the festival has launched a crowdfunding campaign and needs YOUR support.

ZIFF invites everyone to donate and thereby participate in “finding joy – kusikia furaha” and in making ZIFF’s 20th anniversary edition a success.

All donations will go directly to covering associated costs for invited filmmakers, and all information and donation levels can all be found here:

https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/20-filmakers-at-ziff-20

For more information and the full ZIFF programme: www.ziff.or.tz