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
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Clark’s Queen Show took place at Innie Skuur! It was well attended with sold out tickets. He was joined by his lead guitarist, Axe Lourens.The duo created a memorable evening of pure rock. His pure talent left many mesmorised as always and chanting “We Will Rock You”. It was a fun way to rock it out during the week for those needing to let their hair down.
THURSDAY 6THJUNE 2019
Leadership Summit 2019 (Thursday and Friday)
This Leadership Summit 2019 was new to Bloemfontein. The summit was created by top leaders and coaches from central South Africa for leaders, decision-makers and change-makers. This 2-day summit consisted of 6 workshops that were facilitated by industry professionals, a networking function and a 2020 forward-focus session. Various topics were tackled focusing mainly on key topics such as; teamwork, finances and leadership.
First Thursdays @TOV
What a great experience of good art and music. Artists in Bloemfontein really know how to collaborate and put on a good show. Attendees had a fantastic night where they could appreciating art and live music all at once.
SATURDAY – 8thJune 2019
Property Investment seminar
This seminar aims to teach people how to become financially free by investing in property.Prosperity Enterprises will be at Anta Boga Boutique Hotel in Bloemfontein this morning from 8am. Those who attend can expect to be taught a tried and tested model when investing in property through the intensive course on how to create your own property portfolio.The 5 hour seminar will equip people to create wealth through property.
De Oude Kraal Wildskosfees
This year De Oude Kraal is celebrating their 20th De Oude Kraal Wildskosfees. Wine stalls and different venison stalls can be expected. In addition, they have brought in some additional stalls such as a fish stall, Greek stall as well as a lamb stall.Head there to be a part of the celebration. There is still time!
FSSO Symphony Concert
There’s an FSSO Symphony Concert taking place today at the Odeion theatre on the UFS campus. The concert will be taking place in the evening and is proudly brought to you by #MEDICS4MUSIC. Classical music lovers make your way.
Married but not to each other
The incredibly funny husband and wife, Ndumiso Lindi & Tumi Morake will be in town and they are bringing their hilarious “Married…But Not to Each Other” stand-up comedy show. The show is about life, love, relationships and their ups and downs. Married or single you are bound to howl with laugher.
SUNDAY – 9thJune 2019
Ivy Live Sundays
There is something for everyone in Bloemfontein. For travelers looking for a soulful Sunday experience, Ivy Live Sundays provides just that. Head there to experience a combination of art and entertainment from the city’s “must hear” musicians.