Two years ago this June, Thessa Bos and Chantal Louw, with a handful of pop-up shops to their name, opened the doors of their first permanent store in trendy Kloof Street. It was a dream come true and, as they say, without serendipitous moments and meetings, would not have been realised. This June, they will take a moment to thank the people who made a lasting contribution to their company and their lives, often without even realising their impact.
Inspired by Drew Dudley, who spoke at TEDx about how he connected two strangers with a lollipop and, without knowing, changed their lives forever, Chantal and Thessa are “setting out with you to thank the people who, through small moments on their parts, helped us make a huge difference in our lives.”
“It is people such as Andrea Papan, who introduced my business partner and I, and Jodi Meiring, who tipped us about the shop on Kloof Street before it even came onto the market, without whom The Fringe Arts would not be what it is today,” say Chantal.
In June, The Fringe on Kloof’s windows will be dedicated to allowing everyone who has a lollipop moment of their own to say thank you to the person or people behind it. “We will provide all the goodies, from thank you cards to stamps – we will even walk to the post office. All you have to do is come by, take a seat, write a note and hand us the address and closed envelope. Help us pay our lollipop moment forward.”
In Drew’s words, “We’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There are only six billion understandings of it and if you change one person’s understanding of it, one person’s understanding of what they’re capable of, one person’s understanding of how much people care about them, one person’s understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you change the whole thing”
If you can’t watch Drew’s full TED Talk, take two minutes to watch the compilation below:
THE FRINGE ON KLOOF
99B Kloof street, Gardens
THE FRINGE AT V&A
Shop 11B Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront
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Do not miss Ladies’ Night tonight, Thursday 30 August, with music, entertainment, snacks, goodie bags and more for a mere R50.
On Friday nights Salsa continues in the Daddy Cool bar from 9pm. Although there will be a small cover charge from October, entrance is free throughout September, so get out your dancing shoes.
Get your nostalgia on at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop cinema. Choose any of the amazing movie experience options and enjoy:
3 September: ET – everyone’s favourite alien
10 September: The Breakfast Club
17 September: Scent of a Woman
24 September: celebrate Heritage Day with a Leon Shuster movie
Details at the Grand Daddy website
Ideas + Action = Engagement
For one day only, Saturday 13 October 2012, the global TEDx platform – including TEDxCapeTown – will harness the power of people across around the world to encourage them to create a TEDx event themed ‘City 2.0’. This day of urban inspiration will be hosted in various cities at favourite local spots, featuring the brightest local minds and biggest hearts.
This event is a result of the 2012 TED Prize – where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. For the first time ever, the annual TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet’s future depends: the City 2.0.
Since its launch in 2005, the TED Prize has been awarded to 17 individuals with bold ideas for change. And now, ‘City2.0’ is the 2012 winner, basking in the spotlight to collate, collect and create innovative ideas around urban transformation in our cities.
TEDxCapeTown is joining 60+ other cities across the world to address this issue on 13 October 2012, for a morning of urban inspiration to be held at Freeworld Design Centre Auditorium in Cape Town. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading combined with the desire to see more action, TEDxCapeTown has defined a simple approach to define the shape of their event: ‘Ideas + Action = Engagement’.
‘Ideas worth spreading’ will be shared by 8 speakers, each offering their city and urban inspiration ideas and insights, while ‘action worth spreading’ is a new concept initiated by TED to provide the opportunity for the the public to pre-submit an idea for urban transformation. Shortlisted ideas will then be coached to refine their pitch and on the day, the selected action pitches will be delivered in front of the TEDxCity2.0 audience – to inspire fellow citizens of Cape Town, and then engage them to request specific needs for support and skills, thus mobilising active citizenship!
One of TEDxCapeTown’s main strengths is the ability to connect and bring diverse groups of people together by building bridges across silos of expertise and passion. The ‘engagement worth spreading’ element will be in the form of the xLab, an innovative exhibition space, to showcase and engage with diverse inspirational projects, initiatives and ideas that are transforming Cape Town. This is an opportunity for you to showcase new solutions for the city and people of Cape Town, big solutions, simple solutions, with a focus on the innovative aspects
Applications for both the Action Pitches and xLab are open and the deadline is 28 September 2012.
Says Bernelle Verster, founder and curator of TEDxCapeTown, “We have been getting more and more requests to put TEDx to action, and people have expressed a clear and consistent need to get involved after they leave a TEDx event inspired. We hope to address this need. We’ve been talking about this in our strategic meetings too, so when TEDxCity2.0 and the Action Pitch came along, it was an appropriate time and vehicle to try it out!”
Confirmed speakers include Richard Palmer, a sustainability engineer who will speak on future cities and sustainability. The World Design Capital Director 2014, Richard Perez, will share his thoughts on design thinking related to cities. Marvin Benjamin of Siemens will talk about how big industry is making smart cities a reality, and we will also hear from Gail Jennings, a sustainable and non-motorised transport specialist. Other speakers can be found here.
TEDxCity2.0 is a chance for all of us to re-consider our cities and how we want them to be! How do you want your city to be? Design your city. Design your Cape Town.
What | Where | When
TEDxCity2.0 in Cape Town – part of the worldwide TEDxCity2.0
Saturday 13 October 2012
09:00 – 13:00
Freeworld Design Centre Auditorium, Cape Town (and webcast online)
Tickets R100, www.quicket.co.za/events/1002-tedcity20/
Emporio Leone’s Movember promo is back for the month of Movember and will be doing their special series of Mo-sporting gingerbread men and giant gingerbread Mo cookies.
This year, though, Emporio’s upping the stakes a bit:
- They’re increasing their contribution so 15% of all revenue generated from sales of the November products will go to the Movember Foundation and CANSA.
- They’ve encouraged the team at Emporio Leone to grow their own Mos in support.
Pop in often for tasty Mo treats to help a very worth cause – and to check the team’s Mo progress!
Eat yo’ mo’.
Please take some time to visit the Movember Foundation website to learn more and see how you can get involved.
021 421 8518
The Wharf Shopping Centre
To walk away from a successful career to grow grapes and make wine is not something one does lightly, particularly if not that passionate about wine to begin with. But as the saying goes, life has a way of intervening while we’re busy making other plans.
Mike & Mel Kreft
In 2000, Mike Kreft, driven by his desire to grow things, bought a rundown 5.5 hectare piece of ground on a hill in the magnificent Elgin Valley and he and wife Mel set to work transforming it. Around the same time, Elgin’s apple industry was going through some tough times and farmers and landowners were forced to explore alternative crops. It just so happened that Belfield was identified as a prime red wine site.
While growing grapes for wine was a turn he may not have expected, Mike does have extensive experience consulting in farm management and one of his principles, which Mike admits to being pedantic about, is that good wine starts in the vineyard. For instance, just prior to harvest the team goes through the vineyards and removes individual berries that are not up to scratch.
It’s this attention to detail that has seen Belfield’s wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz – receive accolades from around the world, including South African wine critic Michael Fridjon, New York wine critic Steve Tanzer, best selling wine writer Hugh Johnson and Don Winkler of the International Wine Review.
We’ve also just heard that the Magnifica and Syrah 2009 vintages received 41/2 stars for the Platter 2013 guide, whilst the Aristata blend was awarded 4 stars.
Belfield has produced eight vintages – six of which were done in other cellars, with the past two in their own – and when I asked Mike for a recommendation he suggested their flagship Belfield Magnifica, named after the gorgeous Queen Proteas that Mike and Mel farmed in Porterville.
Mike and Mel welcome visitors and recently converted an old stable into a beautiful tasting room. You won’t find high ceilings and sleek, modern glass and bricks. The tasting room is stylish yet rustic, with some unique touches – like the 3.5m tasting table made from an old garage door. It’s a place for relaxing with good conversation and excellent wine.
If you’re in the area and have an urge to pop in it’s best to call ahead or make an appointment, as Mike and Mel are both actively involved in all aspects of the operations. However, Belfield will be open to the public for Elgin Open Gardens for the next two weekends – 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 November.
Besides growing grapes, Mike and Mel have two beautiful gardens to explore: a classical garden nurtured by Mel and Mike’s indigenous garden, which is only three years old.
The estate will be open from 10am to 5pm on both weekends and details about Open Gardens, including Belfield, can be found here.
Just as the estate has been transformed, so has Mike’s passion for wine, which has grown along with the grapes and the gardens in his and Mel’s little piece of paradise.
Jason Bakery has decided. It’s Summer. That’s it. It’s official and you heard it here first. Screw this one-day-of-sun-six-days-of- rain stuff.
To show how committed they are to the cause Jason is celebrating with the ultimate Summer bounty: picnics. Whoooah…hang on. These aren’t those arb picnics where you share a loaf of bread, some watery tzatziki and maybe some bland hummus. Nope. That’s not how they roll (yes, that’s a deliberate pun.)
Instead, it’s getting the Jason treatment. What does that involve? Well, booze for one. Kicking off on Friday the 2nd of November, 4pm – 7pm will now be the weekly slot where they’ll be slinging the best Gin and Tonics in town thanks to their mates at Bombay Sapphire. They’ll also have a featured Grey Goose punch of the week to keep you satisfied. And to eat? Expect things like ripe cheeses, beer bread, terrines, rillettes, pickles, chutneys, relishes, Coppa ham and more. The meat will come from the team at Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants. The featured Urban Picnic Hamper will change weekly but there will be loads of products on the shelves for you to pick and choose so you can build your own. Look, if you prefer wine, bubbly or just a ice cold craft beer they’ll take care of that too.
And that’s not all. If an urban picnic doesn’t grab you, maybe the new tapas menu will. That will also be from 4pm to 7pm on a Friday and with the menu changing weekly too. So, if things like chorizo fried in cider or Jamon-styled ham on toasted sourdough grab you, then this is right up your alley.
But wait, there’s more. And this isn’t like a late-at-night-lame-infomercial “there’s more”. This is big. Saturday the 3rd of November sees the opening of The Hatch on Saturday mornings. Back by popular demand, this will see your favourite baker returning to the site where it all began. When asked why he would want to work even harder than he already is, Jason’s reply is simple: “I miss the hatch. I think Cape Town does too. There’s an obvious gap for really good food in the CBD on Saturdays. We want to have some fun and serve up something a bit more ambitious than a greasy sandwich or a tired plate of eggs. This menu will feature the iconic croissants, of course, but there are also going to be some premium items coming out that people haven’t seen here. These will be exclusive to The Hatch. This isn’t Jason Bakery that is now open for the weekend. This is a stand-alone entity with its own personality’.
Tapas. Urban Picnics. Cocktails. And The Hatch. Cape Town has spoken and Jason has answered.
Words: Andy Fenner
South Africa’s largest beer festival, the Cape Town Festival of Beer, is back at Hamilton’s Rugby Club on 23, 24 and 25 November.
The festival is a celebration of brewing heritage and craft from around the world and features almost 150 brands from over 50 local and international breweries, including limited editions brewed exclusively for the festival. Plus, learn more about the appreciation of artisanal beer and perfect food choices to pair with each brew. This is the premier celebration of all things beer.
This year the festival offers guided beer tours with experts who will guide you around while you meet the brewers and sample a variety of beers, watch home brewing demonstrations and participate in blind tastings. And if that’s not enough there will also be beer judging, beer merchandise for sale, workshops, a beer pong tournament and the highly anticipated Beerlympics.
Also on offer: food, music, rugby on big screens and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
Date: 23rd, 24th and 25th of November
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club
Costs: Tickets are R100 and are available from Webtickets.co.za
This year’s Wavescape Festival boasts a bumper line-up of film and art events, with a record 20 feature and 11 short films at four venues around Cape Town, from Clifton to Masiphumelele, as well as Art Board exhibition and charity auction and Slide Night, where some of South Africa’s top watermen, scientists and activists will speak for 10 minutes each about their experiences with the ocean and show film or photos to illustrate talk.
WAVESCAPE ART BOARD 2012: 29 November – 5 December
Ten artists. Ten surfboards.
Brett Murray has stepped out from his ordeal in the wake of the Zuma spear incident to decorate one of 10 specially shaped surfboards for Art Board 2012, one of the events in this year’s Wavescape Festival. The Missing Link surfboard, based on a shape by the father of surfing in the Cape, John Whitmore, comes from a time between the long and short board eras when surfing was moving from the old to the new.
Adding their weight to the charity project are internationally acclaimed photographer Guy Tillim, who rejoins the crew, while newcomers Roger Ballen and Wim Botha add some serious cultural power to the creative juices. Other artists include tattooist Manuela Gray, and illustrator and artist Mr Fuzzy Slipperz (aka Lisolomzi Pikoli)
The boards are on show at Superette from 29 November to Wednesday 5 December, when the charity auction takes place. Proceeds from the auction will go to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation’s Waves for Change programme.
Information on Art Board 2012, individual artists and the boards can be found here
WAVESCAPE SLIDE NIGHT: 13 December
Ten legends. One night.
On at Superette at the Woodstock Exchange, Slide-Night is where you get to mingle with some of South Africa’s top watermen, scientists and activists. The evening adds an entertaining but educational touch to our interaction with the ocean as 10 prominent ocean figures speak for 10 minutes each about their experiences with the ocean. Each speaker will show film or photos to illustrate their talk.
This informal, fun gathering will include beer breaks during the evening and a DJ to close. A detailed list of presenters can be found here
WAVESCAPE FILM FESTIVAL: 29 November + 8 – 17 December
The Wavescape Film Festival, presented by Pick n Pay, with support from Billabong, Save Our Seas Foundation and Jack Black, kicks off for on night on 29 November with an outreach screening in Masiphumelele township near Kommetjie, then from 8 to 17 December at Clifton (free open air screening), the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay and the Labia in Cape Town.
MASIPHUMELELE (Free) – Thursday, 29 November – 7pm
- Water from the moon | Raw
CLIFTON FOURTH BEACH (Free) – Saturday, 8th December – 8pm
- Your place in the clouds | Dark side of the lens | Johnny Neon | Code Red | Here and Now
*BRASS BELL (R35) – Sunday, 9 – Wednesday 12 December – 9pm
- 9 December: The Fathoms left to fall | Day at the pool | Desert Rebels | North of the sun
- 10 December: Dark side of the lens | Goddess Island | Bending Colors | Raw
- 11th December: Perfect Holiday | Your place in the clouds | David Lilienveld | Wright Side of Wrong | Sally
- 12th December: Le Connexion | Water from the moon | Code Red | Through the whisky barrel
LABIA (R35) – Thursday, 13 to Monday, 17 December – 6pm & 8pm
- 13 December, 6pm: The Shaper | 30 Days without Surfing | Diamond light was in my eyes | Gauchos Del Mar
- 13 December, 8pm: Le Connexion | Water from the moon | Code Red | Here &Now
- 14 December, 6pm: Perfect Holiday | Bending Colors | Water from the moon | Through the whisky barrel
- 14 December, 8pm: Sine Qa Non | Minds in the water
- 15 December, 6pm: The Fathoms left to fall | ACAB | Goddess Island | Raw
- 15 December, 8pm: Johnny Neon | North of the sun | This Time Tomorrow
- 16 December, 6pm: Dark side of the lens | 30 Days without Surfing | Desert Rebels | Intentio
- 16 December, 8pm: Immersion
- 17 December, 6pm: Taylor Jenson Movie | Bending Colors | Day at the Pool | Sally
- 17 December, 8pm: Your place in the clouds | Dark side of the lens | David Lilienveld | Through the whisky barrel | 3 Wheels
Information on the movies, as well as short trailers for each, can be found here