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Posted on: Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival 2011

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The historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh is hosting the annual Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival over the weekend of 26-28 August 2011, celebrating the arts in all their varied forms. The festival also coincides with the spring wildflowers, which include several varieties of rare endemic bulbs that only flower in the Tulbagh valley. It is aimed at raising funds for the Tulbagh Community Gardens and Galgeheuwel Reserve initiative, which will create a public pleasure garden for the enjoyment of all in historic Church Street.

Honouring Tulbagh Masters

Tulbagh Spring Arts FestivalThe Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival is headlining with the opening of the Christo Coetzee House Museum and Gallery (post renovation of the dilapidated barn, where Coetzee painted from 1973 until his death in 2000, and the Rhenish missionary house where he lived behind the studio.) For the duration of the festival the work of past, present and future masters of the valley will be on display.

Christo Coetzee is obviously our past master. The South African Encyclopedia says about Coetzee’s work: “He has broadened art in the sense that he contributed to the fading of the traditional boundaries between painting and sculpture and because he insisted on viewer participation in the creative process. As Marcel Duchamp is today known as the twentieth-century father of conceptualism, so Coetzee is the most important innovative artist in South Africa.” The exhibition of Coetzee’s work will also feature a collection of photographs by award-winning Cape photographer Jean du Plessis, entitled: “Christo Coetzee – The Tulbagh Years”.

Vasek Matousek is our present master. Resident in Tulbagh since 1975, Vasek exhibits from his extraordinary studio in the Winterhoek and will be demonstrating glazing techniques and Raku kiln firings.

Tulbagh-born Jannie Du Toit is our future master – young and talented. His early work reflects his Tulbagh roots, although he now lives and works in the city bowl of Cape Town.

Festival Highlights

  • For the first time ever, and for two days only, the incredible walled secret garden of a local arts patron will be open to the public. This unusual sculpture garden in the foothills of the Witzenberg features commissioned works by well-known African and South African artists, including a 3m high statue of Madiba made entirely from beads.
  • Arno Carstens, lead singer of SA rock band Springbok Nude Girls, will perform at the Saronsberg Theatre on the Saturday night, together with a local renowned guitarist Albert Frost. Multi-talented Arno’s surrealist artworks will also be on display at Saronsberg wine estate. The Tygerberg Camerata and other local musical groups are to perform throughout the weekend.
  • Carl Stassen Auctioneers will be putting 150 pieces of good art, including original Pierneef and Boonzaier works, will go under the hammer.
  • Village Art Loop – More than 30 visual artists, both local and from further afield, will be exhibiting and others will perform in 25 venues in Church and Van der Stel Streets.
  • Tulbagh Valley Arts Meander – 15 out-of-town exhibiting venues will be open – including wine estates, historic homes, artists’ studios, private collections and gardens.
  • The Galgeheuwel reserve walk – this gentle walk up to the recently restored lookout offers panoramic views of the village and surrounding valley.

Tulbagh itself lays claim to being South Africa’s third oldest town after Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and was made famous by the devastating earthquake of 1969 and consequent restoration of an entire street of historic houses, comprising 32 National Monuments.

The festival artwork (above) designed by local artist Tina Nel – using THE TULBAGH MASTERS works – Vasek Matousek ‘Lady in the Mountain’ embellished with Christo Coetzee Profiles.

Info & Contact:

For more information please contact Patty Nieuwoudt at Tulbagh Tourism on +27 (0)23 230-1375.
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