Dullstroom Arts Festival: 16 – 18 December 2006: Within three hours of Jo’burg, tucked in among the Steenkampsberg, is a little village best known for its pristine pools well stocked with large trout.
It is little known that Dullstroom is also the home of some of South Africa’s greatest cultural talent. Whether it be artisans who produce magnificent works of art in metal or wood, or talented musicians who seek inspiration from the surrounding rolling grasslands, Dullstroom is a plethora of creativity. The local residents have joined forces to provide a platform to showcase this talent. From December 16 to 18, Dullstroom will come alive as locals show visitors that there is more to Dullstroom than meets the fly.
The Dullstroom Festival of Art, Culture and Environment will showcase visual arts, sculpture, pottery, music, the culinary arts and will play host to some knowledgeable environmentalists. “It is quite amazing the scope of the talent and skills of the residents of Dullstroom. Not only are there young artisans working in metal and wood, but there are also highly talented artists who sketch, paint or sculpt, capturing the beauty of our area. “The variety of the so-called crafts created in the village is also astounding and the quality of these crafts is quite something and perhaps they should be reclassified as art,”.
The Dullstroom Festival also has a varied programme of performing artists. Not only will these artists perform on designated stages throughout the village, in the evenings they will provide entertainment to patrons at the different restaurants scattered around town. During the festival each of the many restaurants will have something extraordinary on, which will be complimented by wine tastings from various estates. The variety of cuisine on offer will be extensive and it is advisable to try as many restaurants as possible. The choice on offer ranges from traditional Austrian cuisine and beer, boerekos with wines from Simonsig, and English “grub” complimented with wines from the Swartland Estate.
Dullstroom lies on the Steenkampsberg Plateau, 2076m above sea level. The grasslands and wetlands provide the habitat for a remarkable variety of interesting fauna and flora consequently host to a number of interesting environmental projects. The Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre will be the hub of the environmental programme during the festival. The centre has been in existence since 1996 and in a year up to 200 birds come into the centre. These birds are injured, sick or confiscated and they are rehabilitated at the centre and returned to the wild if possible. There will be daily flying displays at 10:30 and again at 2:30, in which experienced staff handle some of the resident birds of prey, and educate the audience about the particular birds in the display.
The centre has also established various captive breeding projects, which is a resource for gaining knowledge and understanding of raptors. Visitors to the centre are encouraged to walk round before or after the displays and find out about the individual birds in the centre. In addition to their normal displays the centre experts from Highlands Crane Group will be giving talks at the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre.
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