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Friday 21 June
(Production for Grade 11 and 12 school learners)
Red Barn 11h00
THE BRAM FISCHER WALTZ
(Official festival opening)
Red Barn from 18h30
Saturday 22 June
(Market stalls all day)
Red Barn 10h00
Laughing Likkewaan Voorkamer Show 10h00
VREK – Small Church 11h30
Laughing Likkewaan Voorkamer Show 11h30
Red Barn 13h00
BEEKCAKE (over 13 only)
Red Barn 14h30
SHOTGUN TORI – Red Barn 16h00
Piano Bar 17h00
VREK – Small Church 17h30
THE BRAM FISCHER WALTZ
Red Barn 19h00
Sunday 23 June
Red Barn 10h30
Small Church 12h00
Hopeful, happy inspirational hip-hop from Limpopo. They’ve been together for more than 10 years, determined to encourage young people to take pride in themselves and their country. After their show you’ll leave bouncing, energised, proudly South African and ready to take on the world!
A one-hander, starring Lolo Malumo as Ace, son of once-successful butcher Kenneth Hlope. We find Ace in the butchery, preparing for his father’s funeral and we share his memories of their life together. We discover that Kenneth had been at the top of his game but it all came crashing down thanks to gambling and drinking. Now Ace is left with debts and heart-ache. Where’s he headed? And will he follow in his father’s alcoholic footsteps? Drama with some great comic moments.
A multi-media journey into the heart of South Africa. Using rare archival material the play takes a poignant and at times hilarious look at South Africa from the perspective of one of its best-loved writers, Herman Charles Bosman. Bosman’s Patriots is a nostalgic and heart-warming piece of theatrical Africana.
For decades Malcolm Gooding was an iconic figure in broadcasting. Who, for example, will forget the Gooding voice, calling on Madiba to present the World Cup to Francois Pienaar? In Going Gooding, Malcolm Gooding shares his entertaining journey as the voice of South Africa and gives you an intimate behind-the-scenes account of a golden era in broadcasting.
Magic makes for popular entertainment attracting all age groups. In his latest show, Brendon Peel performs a variety including mentalism and kids’ magic combined with close-up bamboozlement. His special brand of hoax will have you astonished and begging for answers.
Victoria Landey aka Shotgun Tori plays alternative acoustic folk. Mostly she sings her own ompositions: watch out for her compelling, passionate voice plus the clever catchy lyrics that put this one-woman show in a class of her own.
THE BRAM FISCHER WALTZ
The moving story of Bram Fischer, the Afrikaner communist and lawyer who saved Nelson Mandela from the gallows but died in prison himself. Based on research and conversations with people who knew Fischer well, this one-hander stars David Butler as Fischer. Butler sensitively explores the personal life, political outlook and choices of an extraordinary individual who paid the ultimate price for his beliefs. Fischer had strong links with the Free State. The Bloemfontein airport has now been officially named after him. So far at least three biographers have wrestled with this complex ‘seun van Suid Africa’: come and find out for yourself who he really was. This is the English premier of the Fischer play, which Smithfield audiences will see first.
Experimental eco-theatre spectacle about the hot subject of fracking. There’s this Karoo farmer pressurised into selling his farm to the government for fracking; but before you point fingers, the play suggests you also consider your own reliance on energy and you think about the car sitting in your garage. Script by Helet de Wet, University of the Free State. Expect clever references, like a mermaid – remember the Karoo was originally under the sea – parked in a tub of water at the side of the stage, wearing Shell nipple caps – a reminder that this multi-national company is a biggy involved in fracking. This is Vrek’s premier, brought specially to Smithfield for our festival.
deur Johan Mienie
Nog ’n Fees het gekom en gegaan en die terugvoering was baie goed asook vir die skemerkelkie wat Vry-dagaand plaasgevind het.
Die bywoning was effens minder as die vorige jaar en voorlopige syfers toon dat die getal betaalde persone 867 was teenoor 997 vir 2012.
Om so ’n fees glad te laat verloop is sekere dinge van die uiterste belang en dit is vir my ’n voorreg om dit te noem.
Dit is ’n feit dat die ekonomie wel ’n faktor is en ten spyte van ’n afplatting in die ekonomie het ons borge nog steed ons wonderlik ondersteun. Dit is onmoontlik om sonder borge ’’n fees, hoe groot ook al, aan te bied en dus namens my komitee en ek glo ook elke besoeker aan die Fees, ons innige dank aan die volgende borge:
OVK/CMW ons hoofborg. Hier noem ek graag die name van Marli Botha en John Melville.
by Gus Uys
With clever use of local locations, track makers Johan Malan and Jaco Pieterse put together the best ever track for the running of this years Mountain Bike event. The balance of single track and open flowing gravel road was very well achieved and I think that all competitors had a wonderful morning ride.
by Greg May
“Art Attack” at Red Barn – 24 May 2013
Smithfield witnessed its first-ever concerted “art attack” at the Red Barn prior to this year’s Bibberfees. Thirteen local Smithfield artists as well as nationally acknowledged Rosendal artist Willem Pretorius, left, exhibited their work at what must be one of the most well attended art exhibitions ever held in Smithfield. Over a hundred people attended the exhibition and local artist Zaza Pieterse was delighted when Willem Pretorius purchased a piece of her work with the delightfully tongue-in-cheek title Boerevereeniging Vergadering. The Red Barn itself looked spectacular, picture railings had been installed, the lighting was superb, likewise the décor and overall attention to detail. Snacks and wine were served and a great time was had by all present – thanks is especially due to Susan Jewell and all who made the event possible.
by Harry Prinsloo
The wool market has performed well this season despite difficult trading conditions due to the depressed global economy and the Merino indicator reached a record level of R115,65/kg clean at the first sale in January this year. It remained above the key R100/kg level for most of the season .
Good demand from China for most of the season supported prices while the weaker rand also played a role. The average clean price came to R90,79/kg, compared with R86,83/kg the previous season. Continue reading