If you love music, delicious food, outdoor activities and fashion, Littlegig is the local festival you don’t want to miss. Following a successful first run last year, Littlegig is back on 28 January 2017 at the Wiesenhof farm in Cape Town’s Simonsberg mountains. Globally, festivals have always been a season favourite, whether you get muddy at Glastonbury or soak up the rays at Primavera in Barcelona. Littlegig is a dynamic production where, within 24 hours, festival-goers will get to experience cook-ups by the best local chefs, sounds from talented acts and DJs, as well as yoga sessions, champagne bars and fashion concept stores. We chatted to the festival founder, Georgia Black, to find out more about this exciting experience.
As stated online and voiced by your supporters, Littlegig is a festival first. Where did you gather your inspiration and ideas for such a unique event?
Inspiration and ideas are the easy part! There are so many creatives in South Africa who are doing interesting things – musicians, chefs, artists. Because I used to work in magazines (I was features editor at Marie Claire), having my ear to the ground is a habit! I stay up to date with what’s going on in the music, food and design world. I follow galleries, artists and musicians (locally and internationally) who interest me. And I work closely with people who know more than I do – editors, gallery owners, music journalists.
What are the key themes you wish your audience to experience?
I want guests to have inspirational music, food, design and fashion experiences. And I want these ‘pillars’ to help people make new connections.
If I were a first-timer, what essentials should I pack?
Festival outfit(s), swimming costume, credit card or cash for the concept store, padlock for your tent if you’re nervous about leaving it open (although we’ve never had an incident), a yoga mat if you’re into the Sunday morning session, a pillow and sheet if you bought a festival camping ticket, a water bottle to fill at the water station (we are trying to become a plastic-free festival). And – it goes without saying – an open attitude!
What are the key highlights for this year’s event?
We have spent a year creating a single 24-hour event, so hopefully everything is a highlight. But if I have to choose:
Our headline chef from Copenhagen, Rasmus Munk, who’s described by René Redzepi of Noma (the world’s number 1 restaurant) as one of the most talented chefs around.
The sunset set by legendary house music producer/DJ Culoe de Song, who started out as Black Coffee’s protégé, and who is so loved in Europe that he hardly performs in SA any more.
The basketball court set by DJ/violinist/producer Seth Schwarz. Artist Atang Tshikare will be doing a live painting installation during Seth’s set.
LA producer/DJ Captain Planet – a world music legend – at the Tropical Bass Bar.
Zaki Ibrahim, who’s back in the country after a year of making music and performing in Canada.
The concept store takeover by LGBT underground party Diskotekah.
Shopping at the festival fashion concept store.
The hair and make-up salon, presented by Krone, so you get to sip champagne while you’re being beautified!
How did you go about finding the right location, sourcing chefs and choosing performing artists?
I set a very clear intention of the location I was looking for – within 45 minutes of Cape Town, close to a lake and with plenty of trees. I hired a location scout and she showed me the property. It was miraculous, really! Hardly anyone knows about the property as the owner doesn’t have events there other than Littlegig. Yet it is so close and magical.
The event will be a fashion highlight for sure. What are the trends you’re expecting to see at this year’s festival?
Fringing, feathers (the nice kind), macramé, sequins, unitards, frills, tribal and bohemian influences, vintage lace.
What is Littlegig’s favourite international festival?
Littlegig is not a traditional festival; we draw our inspiration from many international events – not all of them music festivals. I try to visit one of these each year. Last year I went to Wilderness in Oxfordshire, which is brilliantly curated. The year before I went to SXSW in Texas to listen to panels featuring festival experts. I’d like to go to one of the music festivals in Africa this year. I have heard amazing things about Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar.
Littlegig has brought their ideas and passions to life and now developed a sought-after event. What advice would you share with young, local creatives who are wanting to pursue their developing projects?
To young entrepreneurs and creatives, I would say keep creating but also go and get experience. Starting your own business is not an inexpensive exercise, and it’s worth spending time working with more experienced people across different disciplines and building your network before you start out on your own.
For more information on this incredible festival offering, visit littlegig.co.za