NEW SUMMER SEASON OF ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED FOR HOPE@PAULCLUVER FOREST AMPHITHEATRE IN ELGIN
THE THEMBALITSHA FOUNDATION AND PAUL CLUVER WINES CONTINUE THEIR COLLABORATION, SUPPORTED BY APPLETISER, INTO A SECOND SEASON.
The partnership, established last year, continues to use the popular amphitheatre venue on Paul Cluver Wine Estate to deliver another programme of exclusive live events which raise awareness and funds for Thembalitsha, an established and reputable NPO who help some of the most disadvantaged and desperate members of our society.
LAST SEASON’S SUCCESS
Last summer’s season succeeded in generating a lot of publicity for Thembalitsha’s cause as well as over R300,000 in much needed funds. It attracted some interest from BUSINESS ARTS SOUTH AFRICA too, who short-listed the initiative as a FINALIST for a 2014 BASA award.
THIS SEASON’S PROGRAMME
This summer’s programme opens on Saturday November 8th and includes another fantastic array of artists.
Included in the line-up are musicians such as The Parlotones, Elvis Blue, Matthew Mole and Heinz Winckler as well as Watershed and retro favourites McCully Workshop.
The programme also boasts comedy from stand-up, Barry Hilton as well as three special festivals:
HOPE MUSIC FESTIVAL on 29th November 2014 – To mark World AIDS Day (1st December), a family-friendly music festival with fun and games for all ages featuring Jesse Clegg, Michael Lowman and AKING. It will also showcase Elgin Valley Wines and cocktails will be on sale by Tipsy Gypsy.
HIDDEN YEARS FESTIVAL Remembers Ben Segal on 7th March 2015 - This festival will celebrate the life and music of some of South Africa’s foremost protest singers, folk musicians and singer/songwriters and the two men, David Marks and the late Ben Segal who had the foresight to record their music. Featuring Lesley Rae Dowling, Anton Goosen, Roger Lucey and many more.
KIDS THEATRE FESTIVAL on 28th March 2015 – Roald Dahl’s popular children’s classic FANTASTIC MR FOX returns as well as two other plays the hilarious GET KRAKEN and MEMORY which will be interspersed with interactive ‘Whose line is it anyway’ style improvisation fun. There will also be other crafty activities to keep little hands amused.
Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics to all events. No own alcohol is allowed but Paul Cluver wines will be on sale as well as craft beers and a small selection of gourmet food vendors.
Says Emily House, Hope@PaulCluver Events Manager for Thembalitsha:
‘We are ecstatic about how successful our first season was and the benefit it brought to Thembalitsha. We are also thrilled about the artists we have lined up for the summer programme and plan to use last year’s success as a spring-board to attract further interest from both artists, the public and sponsors.
We are extremely proud to have the continued support from Paul Cluver Wines and fellow sponsor, Appletiser, both of whom recognise the benefits of investing in organisations that address local needs as well as realising how their long-term partnership enables the sustainability of a project such as this. Their support of Thembalitsha via Hope@PaulCluver enables us to maximise their investment for the good of the needy in our community.’
ABOUT THE VENUE
The amphitheatre is encircled by a forest of eucalyptus trees. This open-air arena is limited to just 600 which makes for an exclusive, intimate event and enables every ticket to be a golden circle ticket. It is just 45 minutes drive from Cape Town International. Performances are specifically chosen to match the natural acoustics of the venue.
The amphitheatre has successfully hosted top SA and international acts for over a decade.
The Elgin Valley is an area of extreme need. 40% of households live below the poverty line (less than R2000 a month). With a massive migrant population, due to the seasonal nature of farm employment, the valley struggles to cope with the social and medical issues that arise from the poverty and the large-scale informal settlements that have rapidly developed.
Thembalitsha’s mission is to provide hope by developing disadvantaged people of the Western Cape to a point of self-reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training. They invest in communities throughout the Western Cape and currently manage 6 projects, 2 of which operate within the Elgin Valley and respond specifically to the essential needs of the area:
- VILLAGE OF HOPE is a 12 bed residential facility caring for children infected and affected by HIV, AIDS and TB. They also deliver a sports-based life skills programme to over 500 children in the community each week.
- THEMBACARE GRABOUW is a registered hospice that provides palliative care to terminally ill patients through inpatient and home-based care.
Until recently the area had a known HIV infection rate of 35% but thanks to the hard work of Thembalitsha and other organisations working in the community this rate has been reduced to 14% in recent years.
ABOUT THE PAUL CLUVER ESTATE
The Paul Cluver Estate is family owned and family run and is also based in the Elgin Valley. The family have owned the property since 1896 and are recognised as pioneers of wine in the area. They focus on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir and have earned them numerous awards locally and internationally.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
Says Paul Cluver IV, Managing Director of Paul Cluver Wines:
‘Paul Cluver Wines is proud to dedicate the amphitheatre not only to arts but also to the support and development of the community by supporting Thembalitsha. We are honoured to be able to partner with such amazing people who give so selflessly to make a difference in the Elgin community.’
Says Frank Christie, Founder of Thembalitsha:
‘I am so excited about Hope@PaulCluver. I see this collaboration as an opportunity to inspire others to maximise their areas of influence in order to make a difference in our community.’
Says Francois Rozen, Managing Director of Appletiser:
‘We are pleased to be a supporter of this second season of Hope concerts at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in our beautiful Elgin valley. We would all like to do more for those in need around us, whether in our personal or professional capacity. Thembalitsha does much good here in Elgin and also more broadly in the Western Cape. Through their efforts, we hope to be able to create special moments for the many that attend the concert series and for those who will benefit from the funds raised. Enjoy the music, the extra-ordinary setting, the finest drinks in the land and do find out about the children who have lived, live and will live at the Village of Hope.’
Bookings open on 15th November 2014 for the entire 2014/2015 Summer Season on Computicket: www.computicket.com
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
FOLLOW THE EVENTS ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/ThembalitshaFoundation
TWITTER: @thembalitsha #thereishope2013
PAUL CLUVER: www.cluver.com | 021 844 0605
ELGIN VALLEY TOURISM: www.elginvalley.co.za | 021 848 9838 for local accommodation bookings
GAFFLEY’S: 021 859 2561 for group transport solutions