As we begin to wave goodbye to winter, the thought of leaving our cosy nests becomes more appealing. Luckily, August is packed with great events for food lovers, art enthusiasts and everyone in between. We’ve rounded up just a few of the happenings we’re looking forward to this month.
WHEN 27 July 2017 to 19 August 2017
WHERE Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
WHAT One of South Africa’s pre-eminent realistic painters, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham’s work has rarely been viewed in galleries outside of her native KwaZulu-Natal, making her upcoming solo exhibition of intimate portraits all the more special.
guise of reality
WHEN 2 August 2017 to 13 September 2017
WHERE Salon 91, Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
WHAT A solo show of recent paintings by Zarah Cassim, The Guise of Reality is a series of natural landscapes that explore perception. The dreamlike images have been created through oil paint being continuously applied, wiped away and diluted with solvent.
screenings from season 1
WHEN 4 to 6 August 2017
WHERE The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg
WHAT Over 60 collaborators came together for season 1 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea, a project guided by curators William Kentridge, Lebogang Mashile, Gregory Maquoma and Khayelihle Gumede. If you missed the series of multi-disciplinary events that took place throughout March, be sure to catch the screenings.
robertson slow food and wine festival
WHEN 4 to 6 August 2017
WHERE Robertson Wine Valley, Cape Winelands
WHAT The 11th annual Slow Food and Wine Festival is coming up: a time-honoured event that allows guests to explore and participate in a series of historically authentic wine-related experiences. Discover the story behind the wines and enjoy homemade, traditional cuisines, while a Sunday market gives visitors the chance to buy local art and produce.
100% design festival
WHEN 9 to 13 August 2017
WHERE Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg
WHAT After launching in 2014, 100% Design South Africa is now the leading high-end curated showcase of the most inspiring designs and designers in the country. Happening alongside Decorex Joburg, it’s the perfect place to find local and international furniture and the best in product design.
WHEN 11 to 13 August 2017
WHERE Various venues in Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape
WHAT A collaboration between artists, art curators and galleries based in Riebeek Valley, Solo Studios 2017 provides an opportunity for art lovers to visit artists in their studios. This year 16 artists, five group exhibitions, 10 authors and five photographers are participating.
husk and hops food and wine festival
WHEN 12 August 2017
WHERE Copperleaf Country Estate, Centurion
WHAT An exclusive food and wine festival – need we say more? Enjoy artisan food, boutique wine, craft beer, live entertainment and a host of activities for kids and adults alike. It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday in late winter.
TCT x Donna Kukama
WHEN 12 to 13 August 2017
WHERE The Cook’s Table (RSVP for details), Johannesburg
WHAT In another The Cook’s Table experience, performance artist Donna Kakama will be hosting a cosy studio dinner in her own creative space. Enjoy wine and a three-course meal inspired by the artist of the month at this intimate event.
open design festival
WHEN 16 to 26 August 2017
WHERE Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town
WHAT A diverse design-focused event, Open Design Festival is aimed at bringing together innovation, education and community to help build a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous society. The festival invites everyone to participate or, for those who’d rather observe, to discover new design across Cape Town.
cape homemakers expo
WHEN 31 August 2017 to 3 September 2017
WHERE Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long St, Cape Town
WHAT An annual event, Cape Homemakers Expo returns this year with the theme of ‘A Tribute to Your Home’. Highlights of the expo will include a ‘tuis/home theatre’, an interior design challenge and, of course, a market filled with a range of homeware and garden products.