THE FINERY FAIR AT KIEVITS KROON

The countdown has begun to Pretoria’s most exciting multicultural arts festival, The Finery Fair which is being hosted this year at Kievits Kroon Country Estate over Heritage Day weekend, 24 and 25 September.

The festival includes all forms of art from cooking to theatre, music, fine art and fashion, and this year the organisers have confirmed 80 quality Finery Makers (vendors), who will sell a variety of products from leather, jewellery, clothes, children’s merchandise, body products, pottery, décor and more. During the course of the weekend there will also be theatre productions, craft workshops, an art exhibition, an exciting line-up of local bands and a wide selection of food, wine, craft gin, whiskey and beer.

On Saturday the live music programme includes newcomer Kate Rok, the ever entertaining Silver Creek Mountain Band and, fresh off their European tour, Bottomless Coffee Band. On Sunday the husky voice of Suzzi Swanepoel will entertain, before the Master of Blues Gerald Clark takes the stage. Georgetown band will end the weekend’s celebrations.

Two theatre productions will have a run on Saturday and Sunday. Monopoly, written by Corne Joubert, is an Afrikaans tragi-comedy about a couple on honeymoon who realise they have absolutely nothing in common except physical attraction, and stars award-winning actress Stephanie Gericke, Herman Vorster and Reggie Goodwin.
Kiu, which in Swahili means “thirst”, is a spiritual and figurative political commentary, which takes the audience on a journey, addressing concerns that South Africa is moving into a dystopian space where there is a scarcity of water. It stars award-winning actor and director, Mduduzi Nhlapo.

The Finery Makers’ Corner is the newest addition to the Finery Fair and includes entertaining workshops for curious minds. On Saturday Crafty Cultures will host a workshop on How to make Mozzarella at home, and on Sunday they will host The art of fermentation. On Saturday, Distillique will present a workshop on how to make your own whiskey at home, and on Sunday, how to make your own gin at home.

The Art Park is not only a space to admire art beneath the trees, but is also the venue for The Kidpreneur Corner with It’s Me! Life Studio, Kimmo, and Lunchbox Vibes. Parents can drop off their kids to be entertained right next to the picnic spot at an additional cost payable to It’s Me, while they enjoy the festivities.

For more information and regular updates about all the entertainments and Finery Makers, visit the website and follow The Finery Fair on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fairgoers who would like to attend the event on both days, or who don’t want to drive after a day of festivities, can book accommodation at Kievits Kroon at special festival rates.

To book, call 0860 543 848 or email reservations@kievitskroon.co.za.