10 events to look forward to this April

Enjoy a whisky tasting, attend an experimental art-inspired dinner and explore a host of creative happenings across Johannesburg and Cape Town this month.

a modernist print pop-up shop

WHEN Sunday, 2 April 2017 WHERE Parktown High School for Girls, Crieff Road, Parkview, Joburg WHAT In the 1970s Fred Schimmel created the Graphic Club as a way to give entry-level collectors access to investment art. For a monthly fee, members were entitled to two works by any of the artists contributing to the club – including Walter Battiss, Lucky Sibaya, Cecil Skotnes and Judith Mason. Now, art lovers have the chance to own an importance piece of South Africa's Modernist art history. This one-day-only pop-up shop will feature the largest selection of limited-edition Graphic Club prints to be made available to the public, with prices ranging from R1 500 to R60 000 (and many works between R3 500 and R5 000). There's no entrance fee, and the event will include supervised children's art activities as well as catering by Cajun Joe's Food Co. and Go Coffee. It promises to be a lovely day out for the entire family.

dinner with boschendal

events WHEN Wednesday, 5 April 2017 WHERE HQ, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town WHAT A night of elegant simplicity and dining excellence, Fine Wining gives guests a chance to enjoy wines from Boschendal, artfully paired with HQ house specialities and finished off with a unique dessert created especially for the occasion. The three-course meal costs R295 per person and includes welcome drinks and canapés on arrival. Email to make a booking.

a solo exhibition by illana seati

events WHEN Thursday, 6 April 2017 WHERE In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Sreet, Birdhaven, Joburg WHAT A Secret World is a new solo exhibition by local contemporary artist Ilana Seati that explores the familiar and unfamiliar nature of portraiture and anatomical representation in oil, acrylic and charcoal on canvas and paper.

the whisky live festival

events WHEN Thursday, 6 April – Saturday, 8 April 2017 WHERE The Lookout, Granger Bay, Cape Town WHAT A more intimate version of the much-loved Whisky Live Festival, this boutique-style tasting event will feature over 150 whiskies to swirl and sip, including luxury brands such as Bunnahabhain, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Bruichladdich and Aberfeldy. Known for making whisky ‘exciting, fun, sexy and youthful’, the affair is ideal for novices just beginning to try the finer things in life, as well as seasoned connoisseurs who haven’t gone a day without a dram in years.

ahem! gallery launch

WHEN Thursday, 13 April 2017 WHERE Ahem!, 77 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town WHAT Ahem! is South Africa's first dedicated illustration, concept art and animation gallery situated in the cultural community of Observatory. At its much-anticipated launch event, Ahem! will present a selection of works by renowned artists, both local and international.

the cook's table with mary n sibande

WHEN Friday, 14 April 2017 WHERE Joubert Street, Johannesburg WHAT The Cook's Table's next 'successful experiment' takes place at award-winning artist Mary N Sibande's studio. Guests will enjoy an evening of great food prepared by Zolitha Magengelele, excellent conversation, as well as first-hand insights from the artist herself about the process behind her work. Tickets are R400 per person; book yours here.

the autumn edition of restaurant week

events WHEN Thursday, 20 April – Sunday, 30 April 2017 WHERE Cape Town, Joburg, Pretoria and the Cape Winelands WHAT Restaurant Week South Africa offers diners a festive opportunity to explore South Africa’s top eateries at a great price. Exclusively during these 10 days, 100 of SA’s best restaurants will serve a special menu at a set price: only R150 for a two-course lunch and R250 for a three-course dinner. Choose your restaurants and book your seats here and read our comprehensive guide to Restaurant Week.

museum night

WHEN Thursday, 20 April 2017 WHERE Central City, Cape Town WHAT An initiative of Thursdays Projects in collaboration with Iziko Museums of South Africa, Museum Night allows you to explore the museums of central Cape Town in a new light – after dark. All museums are within walking distance of each other and offer free admission. Keep an eye on the events page for more details.

decorex cape town

WHEN Thursday, 27 April – Sunday, 30 April 2017 WHERE CTICC, Foreshore, Cape Town WHAT In line with the 2017 theme ‘Make your space your living dream’, South Africa’s premier decor, design and lifestyle exhibition Decorex will put natural fabrics, revitalising tones and quality products on full display – all centred around a vision of reclaiming a space of sanctuary that is disconnected from the relentless noise and distraction of the modern world.

Elgin cool wine and country food festival

WHEN Saturday, 29 April – Sunday, 30 April 2017 WHERE Elgin Wine Valley, Cape Winelands WHAT The harvest has come to an end, the vineyards are decked in their autumn finery and just as the first vestiges of winter can be felt in the crisp air, Elgin Wine is inviting guests to enjoy award-winning wines, a delectable culinary experience, outdoor activities and live entertainment in the picturesque Elgin Wine valley – a perfect weekend getaway.