There's so much going on in April... here's a few tasters of what's to come and what to budget for :-)
Did you know? When a performer leaves the circus, it’s bad luck to say ‘good-bye’. Instead, they say, ‘See you down the road’. For fantastical fun, daring acrobatics and spectacular skills, see Just kidding (Zip Zap Dome, Artscape), a Zip Zap Circus School show. The school teaches young kids from diverse backgrounds the life skills of trust, honesty, teamwork and discipline, plus some pretty impressive party tricks. Expect a double swinging trapeze, unicycles, juggling, comedy acts and more. Tickets R50, www.zip-zap.co.za
29 & 30 April
Did you know? ‘Chipmunking’ is when a contestant in a food-eating contest attempts to put as much food in their mouth as possible during the countdown. Sample some of our country’s finest cheeses at the SA Cheese festival – this year in a new riverside venue, Sandringham (Stellenbosch). Expect the largest selection of cheeses you’ve ever seen, plus a variety of wines to go with them; try out milking cows, learn how to cook with cheese, and listen to live music. Tickets are R90 or R110, depending on the day, at Computicket – no tickets are sold at the gate. Until 2 May.
Did you know? Horses can’t vomit. But humans most certainly can, so go easy on the champagne at the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Masters Tournament. This larny polo event takes places at the Val de Vie estate in Paarl. Tickets are R350pp or if you want to be seriously larny: R950pp for the VIP section. Both include wine and lunch, plus there’ll be live music and of course hot polo players. www.valdevie.co.za
Did you know? Only a Roman Emperor was allowed to wear the 'trabea' which was a toga entirely coloured in purple and worn on ceremonial occasions. Go see royally awesome bands such as aKing, Hot Water and Honey B at the Sowing the Seeds concert (Cape Farm House, Scarborough). Expect gourmet food, craft markets, grassy lawns for picnicking and loads of fun. Don’t stress about driving, take the DIASY TRAIN – A train ride starting at Cape Town Station and travelling all the way to Simonstown with bus shuttles to and from the event. R30 gets you a return trip including complimentary drinks from South African Breweries. The private train carriages come fully equipped with great music and ample security Buy tickets (R130) on: www.webtickets.co.za and visit www.rockingthedaisies.co.za for more info.
Did you know? On 26 August 2005, world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia ran 10km in 26:17 (that's 23km/h) in Brussels. Test your time in Stellenbosch wine country at the Eendracht Hotel VISTA TRAIL RUN (starts at Coetzenburg Stadium) in the name of charity. This year’s route offers a 12km trail run and a 5km fun run with magnificent, scenic views. Enter online at www.vista.org.za by 12 April (limited late entries allowed on race day from 6.15am).
Did you know? The largest piece of ice to fall to Earth
was a block 6m wide – it fell in Scotland in the midsummer of 1849. For some icy international competition, check out the thrills and spills of the third division of the 2011 ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Grand West Ice Station). The six teams are South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg, Israel, Turkey and Mongolia. The winning team goes on to compete in the higher divisions for the world title. For more info, call 021-535-2260 or see www.iihf.com
Did you know? In the film The Silence of the Lambs, the ‘moth cocoon’ found in one of the victim’s throat was made from a combination of Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears. For a less gruesome story, go see SILENCE OF THE MUSIC (Baxter Theatre) – a classic tale of intercultural love told through world music. The cast includes Michele Maxwell, Loukmaan Adams and Asmina Alekar, a singing sensation from India. Tickets from R120 at Computicket. www.baxter.co.za
Did you know? An hour of vigorous dancing (think quickstep, not waltz) can burn up to 700 calories. Lovers of kasi (township) house music should head to KHAYELITSHA’S FIRST ANNUAL HOUSE LESSONS (Oliver Tambo Hall) to boogie with top-notch visiting DJs Black Coffee, Tira and Fisherman, plus Cape Town’s hottest DJs Pisce, Kenlow and Milli Bala. Tickets are R70 (R100 VIP) at Computicket. For more info, call 021-361-0355 or check out www.bazaladot.com
*published in khuluma magazine April issue plus a couple extras