Silver Mountain Music Festival

Thu Jun 14, 19:00 - Sun Jun 17, 18:00
Grootvadersbosch Conservancy: Between Swellendam and Heidelberg, WC
Music, nature and the chance to experience country life: The Silver Mountain Music Festival is a glorious weekend of fun, entertainment and culture. 

The festival brings some of South Africa’s most prominent musicians to this secretive – yet lush – valley, in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. It is organised by well-known musician and conductor, Richard Cock, and a host of partners (including the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy). 

And this year, the line-up includes wonderful artists such as:
Pianist Sulayman Human
Soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha
The Charl du Plessis Trio
Richard Cock
Baritone Tim Moloi
Soprano Lauren Dasappa
And many more.
Aside from the music, you can experience the nature and farm life of Grootvadersbosch: 
Walk in critically-endangered Renosterveld
Experience life on a dairy farm
Meet the little creatures of the forest
Get close to a wild Cape Buffalo
And learn about stoneground flour
This is the third annual Silver Mountain Music Festival. 

In 2018, the festival established its own Youth Foundation to enhance opportunities for rural youth. Linked to youth day, the festival includes workshops by visiting artists, educational and recreational activities in rural schools.
14 to 17 June 2018
Various unique venues in the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy between Heidelberg and Swellendam in the Western Cape
Full Adult Festival Pass is R875 
Full Children Festival Pass is R550
Individual events from R60 to R250
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ATKV Classical Concert, Heidelberg Hotel

Thursday, June 14 - Thursday, June 14
An elegant evening of classical delights with award winning ATKV artists, Cecilia Rangwanasha (voice) and Sulayman Human (piano). Human is the 2017 ATKV-Muziq National Instrumental Classical Competition overall winner and opera singer Cecilia Rangwanasha has already won numerous accolades, including 1st place at the ATKV-Muziqanto  National Classical Vocal Competition, 2nd place at the National UNISA singing competition and, most recently, 1st place at the UNISA International Singing Competition. The programme will explore some of the best-known romantic composers from Western and Eastern Europe and includes light buffet-style supper and wine in the cosy setting of the Heidelberg Hotel. R200 includes light dinner buffet. Includes a complimentary glass of flagship Sijnn Red 2012. Cash bar. Adults only
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Eureka Mills Tour, Eureka Mills

Friday, June 15 - Friday, June 15
Join a tour of South Africa’s original stoneground flour mill and understand the processes that create a more natural and healthier flour for your body and the environment. Standard commercial flour mills use numerous rollers which damage the wheat germ and destroy valuable vitamins and enzymes. In contrast, the stoneground process preserves wheat’s natural goodness. The local wheat used in the mill comes from farms which practice conservation agriculture – using minimum tillage to reduce the impact on soil and reduce water usage. The local wheat is also GMO-free and no glyphosate is used during harvesting. The final product is healthier for your body and your world! Includes coffee and Eureka Mills rusks.
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Lunch and Renosterveld Walk and Talk, Skeiding Guest Farm

Friday, June 15 - Friday, June 15
Learn more about the biodiversity and wonder of Renosterveld and why it is one of the most diverse and threatened habitats on Earth. The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy includes large sections of Renosterveld and lowland fynbos that are carefully protected on private land through conservation stewardship sites. After a delicious farm lunch, leading naturalists (Jannie Groenewald and Keir Lynch) will guide you through an ecological wonderland on Skeiding farm. Includes complementary glass of Sijnn Saignee or Sijnn Low Profile.
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Dairy Tour and Milk Tasting, Hoekraal Landgoed

Friday, June 15 - Friday, June 15
Experience life on a real dairy farm and learn the special secrets about the magical goodness of milk. You’ll discover why the Grootvadersbosch cows produce very special milk. Not all milk is created equal! This year we explore a different dairy in the valley as well as a long time favourite. Includes milk and cheese tasting. Meet at Hoekraal Landgoed (next to the Tradouw Pass Turn off from the R322)
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Charl du Plessis Music Trio, Schooneoordt Country House Swellendam

Friday, June 15 - Friday, June 15
This year the elegant setting of the Schooneoordt Country House in Swellendam will host the Charl du Plessis Trio – one of the most versatile and respected crossover ensembles in South Africa. The diverse style of music ranges from Baroque, Latin, Swing and Classical to Funk and sets them apart from other instrumental groups. The trio consists of Steinway Artist Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass) and Peter Auret (drums). Minimum age 5. Cash bar and snacks available to purchase. Includes a complimentary glass of flagship Sijnn Red 2008.
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Creatures of the Forest Walk and Talk, Strawberry Hill Farm

Saturday, June 16 - Saturday, June 16
Start with a sunrise coffee and rusks with Clock Peaks, the local Swellendam brew, and then join forest ecologists Prof Coert Geldenhuys and the amazing naturalists from Bionerds to discover the special birds, chameleons, frogs and butterflies that are only found in the Grootvadersbosch forests.
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Lunch and Cape Buffalo Walk and Talk, Brackenhills

Saturday, June 16 - Saturday, June 16
This year we are thrilled to offer a unique opportunity to get close to a wild Cape Buffalo and learn what makes them so special in this part of the world. Simon and Lee Neville from Brackenhills host this special experience, which includes a light lunch in a unique setting. Includes a complimentary glass of Sijnn Saignee or Sijnn Low Profile.
Meet at Strawberry Hill Farm for transport to Brackenhills
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Lunch and an exploration through the harshest environments on earth: Antarctica

Saturday, June 16 - Saturday, June 16
A fascinating look into the ecology and history of the harshest environment on earth: The dry valleys of Antarctica. Join Dr James Cullis for an exploration into what these valleys teach us about water, climate change and survival. Due to the presence of seasonal stream melts these remarkable valleys support fascinating communities of benthic algae and macroinvertebrates and provide an ideal outdoor laboratory to explore the dynamics of stream ecosystems and potential impacts of climate change. The talk will Include a light lunch and a complementary glass of Sijnn wine. The wine will be introduced by the wine growers themselves who are also able to produce rich seasonal harvests from dry hostile valleys.
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Richard Cock and Friends, Fleckvieh Guest House

Saturday, June 16 - Saturday, June 16
A farmshed in the mountains is transformed into a wonderland of music. Conductor Richard Cock is joined by baritone Tim Moloi and soprano Lauren Dasappa. They are accompanied by the Silver Mountain Music festival orchestra in performing favourites that include Mac the Knife, Pata Pata and New York, New York, A Whole New World and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The music and location will remind you that it really is a Wonderful World! A performance not to be missed. Ticket includes a light meal and complimentary glass of flagship Sijnn Red 2012.
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Grootvadersbosch Walk with Local Guides

Sunday, June 17 - Sunday, June 17
The conservancy has recently trained 12 hiking guides from the local community who have unique insights into living and working in this remote, beautiful valley. Enjoy a fascinating wander through the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy and learn more about the conservation work taking place in the area. R60 a person R30 kids (under 14). 
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Heidelberg Rejoice Choral Concert, Heidelberg Congregational Church

Sunday, June 17 - Sunday, June 17
Musical selections performed by the Silver Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, Heidelberg Rejoice Choir, and the ATKV award winning soprano, Cecilia Rangwanasha. Music from the heart speaks to the soul. A community celebrating the Life of Christ by singing hymns of praise and worship. Each year, this emotional event brings the audience to their feet and tears to their eyes. Do not miss this very powerful experience. By Donation. Tickets Required. 

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