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The earth is watching us: Exhibition by the Threads of Africa project

Exhibiting the simple beauty of bowls and bangles, woven in fine 18 carat gold, silver and copper wire, this collection is the work of African weavers from the Thukela (Tugela) Valley. Elevating functional forms into contemporary heirlooms that celebrate the skill of their makers, the exhibition also casts light on an old tradition which goes back to Late Iron Age site of Mapungubwe, where gold wire bangles were buried in royal graves. A selection of African terracotta pots from Iziko’s Social History Collection, displayed with these bowls and bangles, shows the close working relationship between African metalsmiths and potters.

3 February – 31 March 2011

Gold of Africa Barbier Mueller Museum, 96 Strand Street, Cape Town

Mon – Sat 9:30 – 17:00

Phone 021 405 1540

(parking cnr Strand/Buitengracht Sts)

Visit www.threadsofafrica.com

Entrance to the Gold of Africa Barbier Mueller Museum is R 30

Photograph by: Rauri Alcock

Creative Holiday Activities for Kids in Cape Town

Gigs for Kids

A fun interactive theatrical production for children between the ages of 2 – 10 years old. Educational and fun, with prizes and give-aways to be won! This is an event not to be missed. Gigs for Kids is specially aimed at children between the ages of 2 – 10 years old. An on-stage adaption of an ancient African folk tale, allows children to explore the magical world of music. Through music, drama and entertainment, the moral of the story – The Magic Water – is a lifelong lesson for children, taught in a fun and educational way.

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2010
Time: 09h30 – 12h00
Venue: V&A Waterfront, Amphitheatre
Price: Free entry, open to the public

For more information, contact Rosie or Shelley on (+27)21 422 5651 or e-mail shelley@espafrika.com.


At Artjamming, you simply walk in and let your imagination take hold of the paint brushes. No drawing or painting skills are needed. Artjammers at the studio are provided with canvases, acrylic paints on tap, and tools to freely express themselves. Let your mind loose and fill the canvas with colours and inspiration.

Date: Any day of the week
Time: 09h00 – 21h00
Venue: Shop 10, Wembley Square, Solan Rd, Gardens or Shop 014, Cape Quarter, Somerset Rd, Green Point
Price: minimum R95

The Ugly Duckling and Other Stories

The Ugly Duckling, The King’s New Clothes and The Princess and the Swineherd are three magical stories by the Danish ‘weaver of dreams’, Hans Christian Andersen. Filled with colourful characters, this stage adaptation sticks closely to the original fairy tales. All three stories have wonderful lessons to be learnt: don’t be judgmental (The Ugly Duckling) – an Ugly Duckling can turn into a beautiful swan; don’t be greedy (The Princess and the Swineherd) and don’t be foolish (The King’s New Clothes).

Date: 8 March – 10 April
Times: 10h30 and 12h00
Venue: Baxter Golden Arrow Studio/Concert Hall
Price: R35

The Ugly Ducking and Other Stories at The Baxter


The little yellow dog is having his birthday and would love for you to come and join in the fun. Spot the lovable dog created by Eric Hill, comes to life at the Book Lounge, well for one day anyway. Definitely a ‘paw print’ day!

Date: 27 March
Times: 11am
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
Price: Free (RSVP )


Discover the world of imagination with a cast of over 60 enchanting performers, hilarious comic characters, grand illusion and theatrical wonder, as astonishment takes over and the impossible becomes reality. Sensational family holiday entertainment – fun for all ages, with spectacular never-before-seen international illusions. Make sure you don’t miss the number one holiday show in Cape Town!

Date: 3 April – 10 April
Times: 14h30 and 19h30
Venue: Artscape Theatre
Price: R70 – R99

Imagine at The Artscape

Clay Cafe

Nestled against the mountain in a serene farm-like setting, the Clay Cafe makes for a memorable day of creativity and recreation for children and parents alike. Choose from a vast array of unfired bisque and a wide selection of colourful paints to create crockery that is personal and completely unique. Spend a leisurely day painting in a relaxed environment with our friendly staff at hand to assist you with painting techniques that you may wish to make use of.

Dates: Open 7 days a week
Venue: Old Dairy, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay
Price: varying

Holiday workshops at Gold of Africa Museum

Children discover the music, stories, games and art of West Africa. You may sign up for one day or all four days. Suitable for children 7 -12 years. For more information: 021 405 1540 or museum@goldofafrica.com

Dates: 29 March – 1 April 2010
Times: 9h00 – 12h00
Venue: Gold of Africa Museum
Price: R50 per day (all materials included)

Jewellery Courses at Gold of Africa Museum

jewellery classes

We would like to remind everyone about the exciting courses available at the fabulous Gold of Africa Museum. We are offering a special to anyone who responds from this blog in the month of March. 10% discount on the hobby classes and a free guided tour of the Gold Museum collection of gold jewellery from West Africa. Contact Heidi on idieh@mweb.co.za.