Time to be amazed and entertained at Africa’s most southern festival
It’s going to be a festival like none other. Set in a stunning location, the Weekender Arniston will feature top comedians, music, family-oriented activities, a local produce market, heritage site walks, coastal cave tours,- you name it, it’s happening.
Africa’s most southern festival takes place in the small seaside town of Arniston - a mere two-hour drive from Cape Town. This three-day cultural festival, which runs from 6 - 8 November, is organised by Out the Box Productions, is presented by the the Kaggen Film and Music Trust, and is developed as a social enterprise model in association with the Cape Agulhas Municipality. Eastern Acoustics, Dream Fuel and K&A Marketing are in-kind sponsors.
“This festival aims to increase tourism to the Arniston/Waenhuiskrans and Kassiesbaai areas and will bring the communities of these areas into the fold,” says organiser Christopher de Vries
“The area has an amazing heritage legacy, and the festival will build on that by offering heritage tours, by locals. It’s going to be good, fun for the whole family, and the range of activities and content is going to blow your mind.”
Camp at the historical Waenhuiskrans, camp site or numerous self-catering options in Arniston, have a dip in the ocean, take part in some of the fun activities, include stargazing, sand-castle-building, a cook-off, and fish braai. A produce market will give local producers from the Napier, Bredasdorp and surrounding areas the opportunity to show off delicious food and beverages such as baked goods, fresh fish and craft beer. Community heritage tours include heritage site walks, cave tours, fishing lore – all guided by locals. The music and comedy stage will feature diverse music genres – jazz, pop, indie rock, soul and folk bands, DJs, local bands, school choirs and comedians and not forgetting the collaborative performance project with local youth musically directed by renowned musician Camillo Lombard.
The entertainment includes:
Top comedian Marc Lottering. He has been in the funny business for 17 years and continues to keep audiences in stitches across the country. Lottering has extensive experience in both television and theatre. When Marc is not performing locally, he also entertains home-sick South Africans abroad. Lottering has written no fewer than 15 one-man hit shows for the stage.
The rising star of South African comedy, Schalk Bezuidenhout, who has toured the country with Trevor Noah. Bezuidenhout has appeared on Comedy Central in support of Barry Hilton. This year he won the Comics’ Choice Award . The Afrikaans-speaking funnyman will have the Southern Cape Coast in stitches.
Melt Sieberhagen is one of a new breed of comedians making waves on the local scene. With a uniquely South African point of view and an inherent inability to sidestep touchy topics and holy cows. Having been described as anything from “a slightly angry teddy” to “a really funny Dutchman”, he’s just a normal bloke looking at the funny side of living in a very interesting and/or dysfunctional society.
Dugald Pieterse, hails from Bredasdorp, and performs “observational comedy” with a fresh sophisticated charisma. He is one of a handful of comedians who is at ease in performing both in English and Afrikaans. He tackles both family shows as well as the more controversial topics with great ease.
Also born and bred in the bustling metropolis of Bredasdorp, Francois van As first picked up the guitar in Highschool and has since played in a number of bands and wrote numerous songs for Afrikaans artists. He started combining comedy with music almost four years ago, singing exclusively in Afrikaans for the first two years of his comedy career.
Self-confessed “farm boy”, Carl Weber has been honing his comedic skills on the Cape Town comedy circuit since 2010. His comedy revolves around being a small town boy in the big city and his experiences of growing up in the Free State. He delves in and out of hilariously funny characters, with an amazingly unique take on everyday life.
Hannes Brümmer’s comedic style is highly energetic and physical with his tongue virtually bursting through his cheek. He likes to rant honestly about his Afrikaans heritage, the influence of the media on society and the ever raging battle of the sexes. He is at times self-deprecating, but almost always foolishly optimistic.
He is also one of Die Flying Dutchmen, an Afrikaans Comedy duo with Melt Sieberhagen, who have proved themselves leading exponents of Afrikaans Stand-up. In 2008 and 2009 he was a finalist in the Jozi Comedy Showdown.
Award-winning musicians, who have graced local, national and prestigious international festivals will be featured. The launch festival will also include artists from Swaziland, London and Nairobi – including Auriol Hays, Karen Kortje, Nancy G, Jonathan Rubain, The Pedestrians, Top Dog, Silas Maimi, Gracetown, Elginairs and more. Sunday is “Lazy Sunday” - jazz, and chilled music will be on stage as the festival winds up.
Music headliner is indie rock muso Majozi. Two years ago, Durban-based Majozi made it to Number 9 on the South Africa iTunes chart with his album Marvellous Light. The album took him to Number 1 in the singer-songwriter section. Majozi will bring what he calls Indie rock sound to the festival. He will be joined by a variety of musicians across genres:
Bass player Jonathan Rubain, whose album ‘Happy People’ has been setting the local jazz scene alight will display the skills that has seen him playing with the likes of legends such as David Kramer, Mac McKenzie, Errol Dyers and Robbie Jansen. Raised in Hanover Park, Rubain has played at festivals in France. He plays gospel and jazz.
Swaziland-born guitarist, songwriter, producer and the pioneer of African Gypsy Rock, Nancy G.
Jazz Pianist Camillo Lombard, the principal of the Cape Music Institute based at Athlone Stadium, will also be there with his band Top Dog. This music maestro is pulling out all the stops as he musically directs the core elements of the weekender music experience. Camillo has musically directed the likes of Jonathan Butler, Tevin Campbell, Bebe Winans, Jimmy Dludlu and many more.