Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Newlands, Cape Town
De Waal Park, Gardens
A crash-bang opening with the ‘Barber of Seville Overture’ (Rossini) made it quite clear that the orchestra was in tiptop shape under the baton of this season’s principal guest conductor Martin Panteleev. Not only were they superbly in tune, they emoted as one unit with a fiery energy which quite literally defied the elements.
The conference – aimed squarely at die-hards – is both exhausting and exhilarating. One is immersed in creative concepts and imaginative ideas for three long days, literally eating, breathing and sleeping design (case in point – I dreamed about Dave Hakken’s edible pen).
For collectors, it is the most convenient way of seeing such a vast array of talent in one place and for anyone interested in art it is quite simply a superb exhibition.