Flikker & Flash: What you need to know

Where: Stellenbosch town centre
When: Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 April

On offer:
Friday, 9 April, 18:30 – 21:30:
a poetry and music evening
Saturday, 10 April, 16:00 – 18:00:
Street Soiree, presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes
Saturday, 10 April, 18:00 – 22:30:
a wide variety of short performances (5-15 minutes each). The evening will end with a festive organ recital in the Moederkerk.

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Toyota US Woordfees Flikker & Flash::

What are the Flikker & Flash pop-up performances?

Artists will perform short works, primarily in empty shop windows, but also in galleries and other empty spaces. Audiences will move between the different venues to see different performers, much like Vensters, the first-year programme that takes place each year at the Stellenbosch University residences. Because audiences will be viewing performances from the street, pavement or passage outside a venue, all performances will be quite short, between 5-15 minutes, and audience numbers will be accommodated according to the space available – with an expected minimum of 20.

Does each performance only happen once?

No, performances will be repeated. Visitors will be able to walk from one space to the next and see everything.

Can I book tickets?

No. If there is a long queue for a particular performance, just walk on to one of the other performances and return later.

Where is the poetry and music evening taking place on Friday evening, and who is taking part?

In the Hofmeyr Hall in Church Street. The participants will be announced on Thursday 8 April.

What do Flikker & Flash tickets cost?

Entrance is free. Audience members are welcome to to throw cash donations in a busker’s hat after performances. Visitors will also be able to donate to the Tribuo Fund via Snapscan. Tribuo provides financial assistance to performing artists who are unable to find, or who have only found limited work, as a result of the pandemic.

Which artists are participating in the Saturday evening pop-up performances?

Most of the artists selected for the Toyota SU Woordfees Artists Week will be seen in the pop-up performances.

Click here for a full list of the participating artists.

Who is the organist for the final performance that will end the festivities in the Moederkerk on Saturday evening?

Zorada Temmingh will give a recital.

Her programme will include the following pieces:
Handel – “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
Charles-Marie Widor – Toccata (5th Symphony for Organ)

Slave Choir from Nabucco – Verdi
Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore – Verdi
Pilgrim Choir from Tannhäuser – Wagner
Triumphal March from Aïda – Verdi

Light music:
Ennio Morricone – “Gabriel’s Oboe”
Graham & Lovland – “You Raise Me Up”

Where do I get a Flikker & Flash programme?

As the works for the pop-up performances are being created throughout the week, no official programme indicating titles and artists will be available beforehand. Visitors will walk between the various performance spaces and will be surprised at each venue by the programme. A list of the performance spaces and the schedule of performances will be available electronically from Thursday 8 April. (Watch our social media and webpage for up-to-date information.) In Stellenbosch, this programme will also be distributed in pamphlet form.

How will capacity be limited?

There will be clearly demarcated areas outside of each performance space. One of the greatest challenges currently facing the performing arts is the limit placed on performances – 100 inside and 250 in the open-air – irrespective of the capacity of the space. Street theatre allows us to manage the capacity limitations without jeopardizing either our audiences or performers. Most performances will take place in the empty shop windows. The artists will be safely behind glass and the audience will be in the open-air. Sound amplification will be provided where necessary.

Where will the Street Soiree take place?

In Ryneveld Street. A part of the street will be closed to traffic on Saturday afternoon.

What will be on offer to eat and drink at the Street Soiree?

Visitors will be able to buy coupons which can be exchanged for wine tastings from various estates. Street food will be available from a variety of vendors.

Is there an entrance fee for the Street Soiree?

Yes. Entrance to the Street Soiree costs R150. The ticket includes 10 coupons and a tasting glass. Additional coupons can be purchased at R5 each. Tasting prices per glass will vary. Visitors can pay with cash, card or SnapScan. Access to all the Flikker & Flash performances, as well as the Friday evening poetry and music performance, is free.

Click here to buy tickets for the Street Soiree.

What wine estates are taking part in the Street Soiree?

Visitors will be able to taste wines from the following estates:

Neil Ellis
Kleine Zalze
Koelenhof Wynkelder

Click here for more information on Flikker & Flash.

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Photos: Artists Week workshops

The artists prepared and refined their Flikker & Flash pop-up performances in workshops form 6 to 9 April under the mentorship of eight leading facilitators: theatremakers Andrew Buckland,

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Photos: Flikker & Flash – Saturday night, 10 April

Om die 70 kunstenaars het Saterdagaand in elf onkonvensionele vertoonruimtes in die middedorp van Stellenbosch 16 opwipvertonings aangebied in ‘n wye verskeidenheid van genres insluitend teater, dans, modeontwerp, improvisasie, vertoonkuns, kabaret, hip hop, folk, rock, opera en visuele kuns.