Third World Bunfight runs the performing arts program with Spier, and has devised a diverse programme with top local artists to create an intriguing, spirited festival.
- The internationally-lauded multi-instrumentalist Guy Buttery
- The One Who Sings - Zolani Mahola
- The jazzy Adamu Trio featuring Adamu da Silva, Buddy Wells and Jonno Sweetman
- Laid-back Indie-rock outfit Jak Tomas and the Rebellion
- Soulful balladeer Wren Hinds
- Indigenous African music combo, iiNceba zoMdali, featuring Ncebakazi Mnukwana, Lungiswa Plaatjies, Kim Masala and Bongani Nikelo
- ‘world beat’ duo, Mindcircle: Ronan Skillen and Ben Badenhorst
- The Bongani Singers choir
An enchanting children’s theatre performance entitled 'How to Hold the World’, written and directed by Juliette Rose-Innes, starts off the program each day at noon.
Away from the main stage, in quiet nooks under the oaks, guests can attend afternoon poetry recitals by local writers such as Kobus Moolman, Jacques Coetzee and Dominique Botha, and can gather for a collective outdoor meditation on the river bank each evening. At 19:00, a spectacular harvest thanksgiving ritual featuring the Tierra Flamenca dancers and an ensemble of percussionists will precede the sunset concert.
“Spier is about good wine, a healthy earth and happy people. We reflect all of that with the works we will program here, where artistic merit and cultural richness are championed, two elements we cherish above all else.” says artistic director, Brett Bailey.
Stage 1: The werf
13:00 Jak Tomas and the Rebellion
15:00 ‘Mind Circle’: Ronan Skillen & Benjamin Badenhorst
17:00 Guy Buttery & Jonno Sweetman
19:00 Thanksgiving ritual: Flamenco & percussion
19:30 ‘The One Who Sings’ – Zolani Mahola
Stage 2: Cicada Lounge
12:00 How to Hold the World – kids’ performance
14:00 Poetry readings: Jacques Coetzee, Nondwe Mpuma & Kobus Moolman
16:00 Bongani Singers Choir
18:00 Collective meditation with Shivaji Ranchod
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