The Hermanus Times Kalfiefees will be back for the 19th time with an exciting programme of top-notch theatre productions, music performances, book discussions, children’s entertainment and an art exhibition from 8 – 11 August. The main venues for the Kalfiefees events are the De Wet Hall in Onrus, the Sandbaai Hall and the Municipal Auditorium in Hermanus.

The festival hub will be at a new venue this year, the Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery in Hemel-en-Aarde Village, which is conveniently situated at the Sandbaai intersection, halfway between Onrus and Hermanus. Here festivalgoers will be able to find refuge when the weather is inhospitable and there will be more than enough to eat and drink between shows. Live music by local performers will add to the festive ambience and on Saturday, Whale Coast FM will be broadcasting live from the brewery.

The Kalfiefees traditionally takes place over the Women’s Day long weekend and will again offer a special Women’s Day celebration on the Friday entitled ‘Op reis met musiek, kos en humor’ (Travelling with music, food and humour), presented by South Africa’s own Pavarotti, Kevin Leo. Kevin will not only enchant the ladies with his talent and love of music, but also share his passion for food with a cooking demonstration. This event will be hosted at the Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery on Friday 9 August at 10:00. Tickets are R190 pp.

Although the Kalfiefees is primarily an Afrikaans festival, there will be more than enough for English-speaking folk to enjoy. After all, music speaks a universal language and this year’s festival offers several not-to-be-missed performances.

Lag van die Huil  

Music and words are woven together as Mathys Roets and Dana Snyman take you on their travels of music and stories, which will make you laugh and sometimes make you cry. (A rough translation of the title is ‘I’m crying so much I’m laughing’.) Every song tells a story and every story is echoed by a song. This is a rare opportunity to experience one of South Africa’s most beloved musicians and one of its most popular writers together on one stage.

Friday 9 Augustus 16:00 (75 min) 

Sandbaai Hall. R120

Amanda Strydom in Konsert

This iconic and highly-acclaimed artist has been in the entertainment industry for 40 years. In this concert Amanda will perform songs from her extensive repertoire of albums, and also ballads in English, French and Dutch. She will be accompanied by the brilliant Coenraad Rall on piano and her music will be interspersed with stories and poetry. 

Friday 9 August 20:00 (90 min)

Sandbaai Hall. R150

Musiek en kulkuns – Liegbek / Lies of the mind

This production by Geon Nel and Wilken Calitz is a fusion of music and magic. The audience is part of the performance from the beginning and participates in exploring the development of the human brain. Why do we lie and how do we try to manipulate people? It is hinted that part of the show will reflect the truth but that the audience may also be lied to – it’s up to you to decide. 

Saturday 10 Augustus 15:00 (70 min) 

De Wet Hall, Onrus. R120

Storm in an F cup Bra-vades

Ever wondered what your bra would say if it could talk… you’re about to find out! Debra is 40-something and she’s been kissed before… But why don’t they stay? Debra’s bras will relay her dating disaster journey, and give her the love and support she needs.

With Jazz standards such as Make you feel my love to disco hit I will survive, this rambunctious musical cabaret directed by Thomas Barlow and starring Michelle Botha, will have you tearing up and rolling in the aisle with laughter. The show is in English and has an age restriction of 16 due to content.

Saturday 10 August 18:00 (70 min) 

De Wet Hall, Onrus. R120 

Van Koos tot Country

Wynand and Chereé Strydom will entertain audiences with their unique interpretation of old-time favourites as well as newer hit songs. With nine solo albums under his belt, Wynand is well known to Afrikaans audiences, while Chereé enjoys the well-deserved title of South Africa’s own Country Girl. 

Saturday 10 Augustus 18:00 (70 min)

Municipal Auditorium, Hermanus. R130

Theuns Jordaan

Theuns Jordaan is undoubtedly one of the biggest voices in Afrikaans music. An award-winning singer and songwriter, Theuns has produced bestselling albums since 2000. His live performances feature his own work as well as songs from other Afrikaans greats such as Koos du Plessis and Johannes Kerkorrel, ranging from mellow ballads and love songs to upbeat songs that will have you dancing in your seat. 

Saturday 10 Augustus 20:00 (90 min) 

Sandbaai Hall. R150

Simply Blue

Simply Blue is a four-part a cappella group of singers from Diocesan College (Bishops) in Rondebosch, Cape Town. The school’s aim has always been to create an opportunity for senior boys to be able to express their enjoyment of singing contemporary songs and light classics, and to share their love of music with others.

With this in mind, Simply Blue’s repertoire includes contemporary tunes and songs from yesteryear (including The Beatles and an Elvis Medley). Over the past 19 years since its inception the group has grown in popularity and visibility. It has performed at the Grahamstown Festival six times and had a most successful trip performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015. It was also invited twice to perform at the International Society of Music in Greece and has toured Argentina twice.

Sunday 11 August 10:00 (60 min)

De Wet Hall, Onrus. R50 at the door

Stellenbosch University Choir

For more than 80 years, the Stellenbosch University (SU) Choir has reflected the changes of our wider society and today stands as a testament to the power of music to bring about diversity and harmony across the societal divide. The SU Choir, which has been number one on the Interkultur ranking list of 1 000 international choirs for the past five years, made a clean sweep last year at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, winning all three categories they participated in – Youth Choirs‚ Mixed Choirs and Open Choirs. In addition, André van der Merwe, the conductor of the SU Choir, was awarded the Jayne Davies Prize for Best Conductor at the Eisteddfod. The Kalfiefees is proud to present Overstranders with this opportunity to listen to the best choir in the world!  

Sunday 11 August 15:00 (60 min)

Dutch Reformed Church, Onrus. R140

Visit www.kalfiefees-hermanus.co.za for the full programme. Tickets can be booked online via the website or through Computicket.

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