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11 Events to Attend in December

Journey to the Unknown by Mongezi Ncaphayi, Smac Gallery

Our pick of entertaining food, wine, art and design events across South Africa to attend during the month of December 2016.

Fabrication #artcrawl with Mary Corrigall


WHEN: Saturday 17 December 2016

WHERE: Clarke's Bookshop, Long Street, Cape Town

WHAT TO EXPECT: Following a successful inaugural #artcrawl in November, art critic, consultant and curator Mary Corrigall is hosting the second edition in the series, this time under the theme 'Fabrication'. Starting at Clarke's Bookshop in Cape Town's CBD, the walking and talking tour will take a small group of no more than 15 people to various galleries and studios in the city, all the while exploring the concept of textile art and the distinction between art and design. The tour costs R375 alone or R535 with lunch and refreshments included. Book tickets via

Transformation Group Show

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WHEN: Thursday 24 November 2016 – Monday 20 February 2017

WHERE: Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town

WHAT TO EXPECT: Transformation is a show that explores the space between art and design, with 15 South African artists exhibiting their interpretation. Curated by Southern Guild gallery cofounder Julian McGowan, the exhibition challenges traditional understandings of art and questions where functional design begins. Expect works by sculptor Adam Birch, ceramicist Chuma Maweni and blacksmith Conrad Hicks.

New Horizons by Cuss Group

WHEN: Thursday 1 December – Thursday 15 December 2016

WHERE: Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

WHAT TO EXPECT: Cuss Group has collaborated with commercial services from Nash Studio, Julius Decor, Sunset Casting and Bambanani Photo to bring you an exhibition that revolves around image composition, production and consumption. The artist collective will be presenting a series of wallpapers and wall hangings, a triptych and cut-out displays as well as videos.

Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

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WHEN: Saturday 3 December – Sunday 4 December 2016

WHERE: Huguenot Memorial Monument, Franschhoek

WHAT TO EXPECT: Sparkling wine fanatics can enjoy some of the country’s finest MCCs and Champagnes at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard. Discover new South African brands as you sip on tasty offerings under a large marquee surrounded by beautiful scenery. With good weather on the cards, it promises to be a spectacular weekend.

Wavescape Festival

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WHEN: Saturday 3 December – Sunday 11 December 2016

WHERE: Across Cape Town (See website for location details)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Celebrate Cape Town’s ocean-driven culture at a festival that aims to expand the Mother City’s surf community and promote ocean conservation. It’s an event for the whole family, with film viewings happening throughout the week, an exhibition and surfboard artwork for sale.

Jozi Food Truck Fest 2016

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WHEN: Saturday 3 December 2016

WHERE: Casalinga, Muldersdrift

WHAT TO EXPECT: Experience cuisine from all over the world, including delectable local favourites, at the Jozi Food Truck Festival. With 50 food trucks and 30 craft breweries, plus coffee, gin and cocktail stations, it’s a great excuse to get outdoors and tickle those taste buds.

Journey to the One by Mongezi Ncaphayi

WHEN: Thursday 1 December 2016 – Saturday 14 January 2017

WHERE: Smac Gallery, Johannesburg

WHAT TO EXPECT: A 2013 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award-winner, Mongezi Ncaphayi has departed from his characteristic print-making technique to showcase a series of works on paper. Journey to the One will reflect the artist’s minimalist style and intricate use of line and colour with thought-provoking abstraction.

Gabrielskloof Favourite Things Market

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WHEN: Friday 16 December – Sunday 18 December 2016

WHERE: Gabrielskloof wine estate, Botrivier

WHAT TO EXPECT: Set in the idyllic courtyard of the Gabrielskloof estate, the Gabrielskloof Favourite Things Market promises an array of fresh produce, handmade gifts and delicious wines. It’s the perfect place to get stocked up for the festive season, and a brilliant way to spend the weekend with your family.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

WHEN: Thursday 1 December 2016 – Saturday 29 April 2017

WHERE: Various outdoor locations in Cape Town

WHAT TO EXPECT: The summer break is just not complete without a night spent at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Grab your friends, rent a backrest and a blanket, sample food from the stalls and enjoy classic films like Grease and The Notebook.

I Heart Market

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WHEN: Saturday 3, 10 and 17 December 2016

WHERE: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

WHAT TO EXPECT: While the much-loved I Heart Market usually takes place only on the first Saturday of every month, during December it’s open on three different dates. The market provides a platform for local foodies and designers to showcase their artisanal products, and it’s a great place to do some Christmas shopping. Entry is free, so take the whole family for breakfast, lunch or both.  

Plett Starry Nights Cinema and Market


WHEN: Wednesday 21 December - Thursday 22 December

WHERE: Cairnbrogie Estate, Plettenberg Bay

WHAT TO EXPECT: Starry Nights  is a two-night extravaganza of entertainment, boutique shopping and family fun. Bringing together the best of South African design, Plett's first pop-up market will showcase premium Cape Town and Jozi fashion, accessory and lifestyle designers. The screening of Grease and E.T is not to be missed.

An Ace New Years in the Alley

WHEN: Saturday 31 December 2016

WHERE: 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park

WHAT TO EXPECT: A night filled with festive cheer, welcome drinks, a harvest table dinner, dessert and bubbly at midnight. RSVP to by the 27th December 2016 to reserve your space as there are limited tickets available.

CLAY/GROUND exhibition at Cavalli Gallery


WHEN: 10 - 24 December 2016

WHERE: Cavalli Estate, Somerset West

WHAT TO EXPECT: CLAY/GROUND is an exhibition celebrating ceramic and clay works of art, as well as the artists behind the work. Names such as Michael Taylor and Nico Krijno find themselves a part of CLAY/GROUND, exhibiting beside the likes of Belinda Blignaut and Marlene Steyn, to name a few.

Footprints on Commissioner Street 1886/2016: An Exhibition by Ayanda Mabulu and James Delaney


WHEN: 10 December 2016 - 28 January 2017

WHERE: Hazard Gallery, The Cosmopolitan, 24  Albrecht Street, Maboneng Precinct

WHAT TO EXPECT: The work explores the history of Joburg’s first street, Commissioner, on which the old Cosmopolitan hotel has stood since 1899, and the stories of the building itself. The Cosmopolitan was a bar (the city’s 2nd oldest) and eventually a brothel before being boarded up. There’s an installation of hundreds of old photos – not for the prudish, but it is behind a curtain in the manner of Victorian peep shows.

women's work exhibition: as feature in our december issue

Ernestine White at the Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town.

WHEN: 01 December 2016 - 30 April 2017

WHERE: Iziko South African National Gallery

WHAT TO EXPECT: The exhibition showcases the innovation demonstrated by a diverse group of contemporary South African artists and artisans, who utilize and transform techniques such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and beadwork to create works that blur the boundaries between art and craft. WOMEN’S WORK aims to trace the development of ideas, themes and techniques explored by - both male and female - artists through contrasting past and present, and pushing and interrogating the boundaries of their chosen techniques.