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Started 30 years ago by Annie Snowden – who just wanted to organise a birthday party for her partner at the time – Up the Creek is still the intimate, music-focused and well-planned festival that it has always been. Only now it has growth and maturity.  In spades.

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“Gripped, and bracing myself for more darkness and suspense, I was upended by the most ebullient musical experience that I’ve had in years.”

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The show is tons of fun, interactive, challenging (but not impossible), and a whole new way of theatre – brainy entertainment. It’s the perfect excuse to show off your musical prowess and a wonderful evening out of the ordinary.

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“Beautiful dancers stream onto the stage, legs flailing about in synchronicity, and we are hurled – mouths agape – into an Irish fairyland.”

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“You heard it here first – seaweed is the new kale. This was one of the many talking points at Dine4Six’s collaboration with Chef’s Table at the Mt Nelson.”

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‘Being exposed to talent such as this is one of the many benefits of competitions – over and above the prizes and scholarships. It is exciting to see how the SAIBC competition continues to grow and the opportunities it provides to young dancers.’

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‘Through those detailed touches of sound, light and costume, You Should Be Dancing opens up in front of us like a dusty old album filled with sepia photographs.’

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“Sandra Prinsloo plays Martins, bringing to her character a naiveté of life with a passion for the one thing that filled her with joy: her art.”

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“Sauvignon Blanc is the bottled spirit of the Cape and nothing says “summer” in Cape Town more clearly than the Durbanville wine valley’s Season of Sauvignon festival.”

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“The internationally-inspired selection came closest to home with the Biltong Spiced Steak, served on charred wine staves, a beautiful twist on the humble South African braai.”

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“The response to the discovery of the first diamond in South Africa was hilariously muted. “Stranger things… have come to pass in the world than the discovery of Diamonds in South Africa,” read The Colesberg Advertiser in April 1867.”

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“But, let’s be honest – we’re not here for the story. No, we’re here for the flipping amazing choreography, executed to the perfectly placed songs with military precision.”

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We know that, as South Africans, humour is the thing that keeps us sane in the midst of madness.

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Perhaps the most special thing about this large, beautiful estate is the wildlife.  On a daily basis guests might spot a herd of buck roaming the green, flamingoes in the nearby wetland, wild rabbits and birdlife indigenous to the area.

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“Another striking element is the piece’s attention to visual detail with a plethora of excellently crafted installation art by Nicola Mayer – work that, in its own right, could be viewed as a standalone exhibition.”

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“As we sipped on the gin line, Kleyn’s interactive rendering really cemented some of the topics which included the history of gin segment, what food to pair it with, and the alcohol content.”

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A red-lipsticked Robert Smith, grey hair teased skywards, led the rest of his indie-pop/rock outfit The Cure as they pulled out of the starting gates with ‘Plainsong’.

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“The followspot soulful six are back at it, and this time they are riffing on the heart strings of everyone who loves a classic. Taking you through an alchemical medley of the songs that stood the test of time.”

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“Being somewhat ‘tequila-phobic’, I was apprehensive to try Sierra’s Tequila range. But Sierra Spiced Tequila instantly impressed me with its layering of orange and cinnamon notes.”

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Because it is a fundraiser for a very worthy cause I am not going to lie that there is a little pressure to give a glowing review. The nice thing is that I don’t have to lie to do that.

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“The feat of a bassist filling this iconic venue to capacity is unparalleled. There is an old musician’s joke that says audiences commence idle banter when a bassist plays his solo. Not so with Rubain – he makes people roar with glee.”

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“As the sky darkens above Kirstenbosch and the stars start to twinkle above the mountain, the audience goes wild as James takes to the stage, and the evening turns from superb to spectacular.”

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Dance Umbrella Africa recently hosted the Umbrella Dance Festival Africa 2019 – a masterful display of emotion and narrative combined into a story of movement and music.

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