And just like that July ended and we begin a new month. It’s August… WOMEN’S MONTH!!! Before we delve fully into August with all the excited events we have ahead of us, let us go back to some funand fruitful experiences thatwere affordedto usin July.
Westarted July off with Vryfees with its amazing productions and great social atmosphere.
This was then followed by the Shotgun Pub and Grill Grand Opening. What a delight! There wastheMarketing and Branding for Mompreneurs which was a great learning experience.
We attendedtheJust Start Bloemfontein Workshop where we learnt how to start, run and grow your business in South Africa. The Reizis Square Night Marketwas great for those who wished to get out of the city for a bit.Some went and experienced moon landing at the planetarium.
We had some tasty treats from the Pot and Port Family Day as well asfine dining and wine with Klein Zalze. Shopping can never be left out of animportant list of To-do’s therefore the pop-up thrift shop atKalahariwas a definite YESSS!
Check out ourcalendar for some exciting events taking place in the city in August. Hope to bump into many of you there! 😉
This is the last week of July. 7 months (almost) down, 5 more to go. It’s absolutely insane how quick the year is just flying by. How do you feel? Are you stressed? Feeling some burnout? Are you happy?
Don’t forget to take a breather should you need to. Good thing is that there’s quite a number of activities coming up this week which would be perfect for just some time to yourself. I’m talking about music performances, wine festivals, jewellery making (which looks super interesting too)
Dreamgirls – 01-03 August. |Sand du Plessis Theatre
When I think of Dreamgirls, I instantly think Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. If you’re not familiar with the story of Dreamgirls it is the story of three black singers – Deena, Lorrell, and Effie who began as a group called the Dreamettes. They start as three talented, close friends and gradually sharpen their act and rename themselves “The Dreams”. Little do they know of the hard, competitive world of show business.
Good thing for you, the production isn’t just One Day Only 😉
Free State Wine Festival – 02-03 August | Ilanga Estate
Did someone say wine? Bloem wine lovers should make it a date night for an evening of great wine tastings. Connect with winemakers or their marketing representatives while tasting an array of more than 200 of South Africa’s best wines. Early bird tickets end SOON! So get your tickets NOW!
Downtown Sundown – 03 August | Big Massive
Have you ever seen Bloemfontein from a vantage point other than Naval Hill?
DOWNTOWN’s only SUNDOWNER EXPERIENCE at the BIG MASSIVE. Join us for the sunset and watch the city light up beneath your feet. The only way to start a Saturday Night. Live music to put you in the mood, food and beverages to bring you joy.
Drinks and food will be available OR Bring your own drinks (R100.00 per coolerbox).
The Natural Hair Affair (NHA) is an event hosted by Glolooks, a natural hair company in the Free State.
More and more women are deciding to embrace their natural hair. Reasons for this vary from women to women. But the one word that keeps popping up is IDENTITY.
The NHA is basically a platform for different women, from various walks of life, to share their natural hair journeys. And for natural hair experts to share knowledge and advice on what works and does not work for our natural hair.
Above all, it serves as platform to celebrate and embrace your NATURAL SELF without any shame or judgement, with like-minded queens.
Resin jewellery and silicone mould making – 03 August | Waverly, Bloemfontein
I could spend hours watching how people create beautiful pieces with resin. I’ve watched people create jewellery and furniture. Heck, even guitars! Now is your chance to also create something that’s unique. Book your tickets NOW on 0797009543
Was the weekend cold or what?! And word on the street is that there’s another cold front heading our way. I know we haven’t had a proper winter in Bloemfontein, but at least give us some time to pack out our winter jackets again before hitting us with more cold.
At least by the looks of the weather forecast for the rest of the week, it’s going to be cold… but not bone chilling cold. So you can go out this week and take part in some events 😉
Just Start Bloemfontein Workshop – 25 July @ Copper Clover | 10:00 – 16:00
Starting your own business is a big, scary step into the unknown. To help you get started we’re hosting a series of interactive workshops to provide you with valuable insights and practical tools on how to start, run and grow your business in South Africa.
The tickets for the event are ALMOST SOLD OUT! so grab them before they’re all gone!
Pot and Port Family Day – 27 July @ Urth | 08:00 – 16:00
Whats better than a potjie with the family on a cold winters day? This is a first I’ve seen for Bloemfontein and it sounds super cool! Be sure to get your tickets ASAP!
Come get your hands on some cool vintage jackets, pre-loved clothing, bags, hats and loads more. You will receive a FREE burger and chips meal with every VINTAGE JACKET purchase and there will be FREE coffee for everyone who brings their own reusable coffee cup. CARD FACILITIES AVAILABLE.
Fine Dining and Wine with Kleine Zalze – 27 July @ De Oude Kraal | 19:00 – 10:00
Fancy a treat yourself day after a long week at work? Treat yourself to a wine tasting! Nothing beats ending off a work week with a glass wine. Tickets are R450p.p and bookings are essential. Book on email@example.com
Seems like you have quite a Friday to look forward to 😉
Next thing you know, Game and Makro will have already started with putting out their Christmas decorations and Christmas music will be playing.
Nonetheless, don’t think about the Christmas gifts now, think about the week ahead.
Marketing & Branding for Mompreneurs || 17 July @ Creative Coffee Bean – 09:00 – 15:00
A workshop for Mompreneurs to make sense of marketing and branding and find the freedom you seek from your business.
Who is this workshop for?
Do you want to start your own business but don’t know where to start? DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS!
Do you have your own business but struggle to make sense of your branding and marketing? THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT!
Do you struggle to juggle between family, your business and your sanity? FIND A BETTER WAY TO DO IT.
For more information, contact Marlize at 082 859 0273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reizis Square Nite Market || 19 July @ Reizis Square – From 17:00
Reizis Square is a nice little place when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle from the city. Think of it as a Pretty Gardens, but not Pretty Gardens. I’ve been there before on and I like the vibe there. Trust this event on Friday to have some really good food and good music. A perfect event to end off the week.
Fly Me To The Moon – Moon Landing || 20 July @ Boyden Observatory and Naval Hill Planetarium – 19:00 – 20:00
The moon is our nearest neighbor and the only other celestial body we`ve set foot on. Its orbit around the Earth has a big influence on the planet and it dominates our night sky. The six manned missions to the moon have left more than just footprints, and are still contributing to science today. Show includes recent moon landings.
It’s impossible to believe that in four months’ time we will be celebrating Christmas and then starting another new year, where is the time going too? It seemed like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of 2018 and wondering what this year would bring. Is it because as one gets older that the time seems to go by so quickly??
Talking of time, I have been going through a wonderful pictorial publication written by the late Karel Schoeman called “Bloemfontein in Beeld or Portrait of Bloemfontein 1860-1910”. This is an absolute gem of a book and I would recommend it to anyone, especially for us living here. It shows some wonderful old black and white photos of people and places of days gone by. I found it amazing to see how this city has developed from a small, dusty development to what it has become to today. As I reside at the base of Naval Hill it was fascinating to see photos of when there were no roads and buildings around it and that there were bushes and trees instead. How I wish I could be transported back to those days and to get a better understanding of how our city originated. I am certain it would have been a lot cleaner back then!
As you are well aware, I do offer city tours and attempt to give the client a good understanding of our past, as it is through our history that has made this place as it is today. It is a shame that many of our old buildings are neglected or vandalised, but we must not only blame the present administration. Beautiful old buildings were demolished in the 70’s and 80’s to make way for parking lots and shopping malls. Thankfully though we still have some architectural gems scattered throughout the city namely Oliewenhuis, Freshford House and Thomas Maphikela house to name but a few.
Still on the historical note, for those who are interested in old Anglo Boer War photos, please visit the War museum as there is a fascinating display of old time photos which have been digitally coloured. They are amazing to see and show so much detail which you would not notice if they were monochrome. The “artists” who done these photos spent many hours bringing these photos to life and now I get a far better understanding of those photos. I hope that more photos will eventually be “coloured” and perhaps a book published to show their amazing works.
Please contact me if you are in need of any brochures or tourism related issues.
Feel the chill in the air yet? Are your kids pretending to be dragons in the mornings when they see the smoke come out their noses and mouthes when they breathe? (It’s okay if you do it too, we won’t tell a soul)
Stay warm ladies and gentlemen, we’re in the middle of winter and it’s no longer going to be just cold, it’s going to be C-O-L-D. So it’s time to start taking out the extra blankets and getting your heaters out the garage. Also don’t forget to stock up on some nice hot chocolate and marshmallows 😉 We might be sharing some amazing hot chocolate recipes too later this month! But for now, have a look at the events up ahead for the week.
Vryfees – 01 July – 07 July | University of the Free State
It’s that time of the year again. A week filled with good food, productions and good music such as Spoegwolf and the Parlotones. The production portion of the festival begins today. The productions are spread all around campus with food being around the main building area.
Remember to dress warmly and be prepared to walk as the festival gets packed! Also remember to take cash as a lot of the vendors don’t have card machines.
Startup GrindBloemfonteinheldtheir monthly fireside chat @59 Plenty. Vicki Fourie, former Miss Deaf SA,was the speakerfor the month. This was a great platform for people to beinspired andeducated on motivational speaking as those in the audience had a keen interest in finding out how Vicki became a motivational speaker andhow she manages.
Attendees, as always, had the opportunity to connect with other individuals from various industries and expand their networks. Startup Grind is truly encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in Bloemfontein.For more information, follow their social media pages.
June has been such an eventful month, filled with both entertainment and education. Bloemfontein may not be classified as a busy city but we sure have a lot going on. Be on the lookout for next month’s events and save the dates.
It’s the last week of June.. can you believe it? 6 months of 2019 gone just like that.
Sometimes we feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day to complete everything that needs to be done. Heck, sometimes one just wishes they can take a breather. to avoid being overwhelmed.
Good thing this week is jam-packed with events where you can take the breaks you need to avoid your stress levels going through the roof.
The Big Fat Normal Quiz – 25 June, 19:30PM | The Staffy
Put on your Smarty Pants, or underpants, whichever tickles your fancy 😉 and join in at the all popular quiz night at The Staffy! Entrance is R20 and there is a cool prize to be won should you emerge victorious!
The Island – Directed by Jerry Mofokeng- 27, 28 June @ 19:30PM | UFS Scaena Theatre
How about going to watch a play put on by the drama department at the University of the Free State?
“A celebration of Language and Unity, dialogue in Sesotho, English and Afrikaans as poetic as they can be. A celebration of Identity, South Africans to the core and children of the blanket under the skin. A celebration of professional relationship, UFS Drama Department, Free State Arts Festival, and Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha working as one team. A celebration of Mangaung, Unity in Diversity.”
Be Human Family Market – 29 June @ 09:00 | Middelwater Farm
The Be Human Family Market takes place every Saturday. It’s a little ways out of Bloem but rumour on the grapevine is that it’s a nice activity to do with the family. There’s great food and even a morning run for those with an extra hop in their steps. Just remember to take some cash with, as there is an entrance fee of R10 and the food stalls there only accept cash.
P.S There’s even craft beer, gin on tap or your preferred local brew 😉
Mommy and Me Cupcake Decor Workshop – 29 June @ 11:00 | Koekela Cafe
PSA to all moms!
Now this is the first I’ve seen in Bloem. What a cool activity for the weekend
Come join in for a morning of special memories, fun, creativity and more!
The morning is a time for you and your daughter/son to learn together, laugh together and take home your beautiful creations
They’re going to show you how to work and decorate cupcakes with fondant, and everything you need will be supplied, so bring along your apron and smile and come enjoy this fun event.
For more information contact us at email@example.com
TheGigCultureUnManagementWorkshop took place this week. Industry practitionerswere invitedto share and engagewith those present the issues at hand. For the next 6 weeks the aim is to dissect theindustry and some of the issues practitioners/enthusiasts struggle with.The evening was concludedwith somelighthumour, courtesy of theTheIvy LoungeComedy Club. Save your Tuesdays for the next 5 weeks to come. The entertainment industry is changing. Don’tmiss out on being a part of this exciting period. Join the workshops.
This great event filled with talent and beautiful rhymes took place at The Thoughts. For those who love poetry and enjoy live entertainment, this was definitely the place to be. Bloemfontein is bursting with the art spirit.It is evident in all our stages.