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Newsletter #6 25 May 2015
Dear FynArts Supporter

More about the Italian Connection at the FynArts Festival

A fine thread that links Italy to the arts and to the South African culture runs through the programme for FynArts 2015. This year is the first time that immigrants from one country making up the South African population are acknowledged by FynArts in such a way. This innovation will continue into future FynArts festivals when another country and their contribution, will annually form the connection. The full programme for FynArts 2015 is available on our website and bookings can be made at either the Hermanus Tourism Bureau or on Webtickets.

Concerts and the Italian Connection

Richard Cock is well-known throughout South Africa for presenting a wide range of fabulous concerts. This year he will present three large concerts for FynArts. The first, with an Italian twist, is Sinatra and Friends on Saturday 6 June. The other is Last Night of the Proms and both performanes are sold out. On Friday 12 June Kamal Khan and five of the finest singing voices from the UCT Opera School will present the Idiom Festival of Italian Opera. The evening of opera gems will include scenes, arias and duets from La Traviata and other favorites. The fourth concert in the Italian thread will be a house concert on Thursday 11 June. Bella Rosa is a group of four musicians, each an established soloist in their own right – Soprano, Flute, Cello and Piano. The quartet will tell stories through multi-genre songs, solos and ensembles for an unusual and delightful combination of instruments.

Wine, Food and more in the Italian Connection

On Monday 8 June, the Wine Plus Series of Tutored Tastings hosted at the Marine Hotel will feature two tastings that blend with the Italian thread. The first, is Italians and Immigrants with Caroline Rillema, the country’s finest-tuned Italian aficianado, well-known importer and expert who will present a selection of local and Italian wines. Later in the afternoon, Giorgio Dalla Cia, will present High Spirits, when the grand master from Friuli, pioneer and grappa prophet will introduce the magic of that famous magical, lingering spirit.

The Italian thread also runs through the programme of demonstrations at the Pop-Up Kitchen at the Windsor Hotel. First up is Davide Ostin, of Puglia Cheese who will entertain as he shares the art of making Mozzarella, the staple of the Italian kitchen, on Saturday 6 June. On Tuesday 9 June, Peter Tempelhoff, Executive Chef at the Cellars-Hohenort, will be joined by Chad Blows, Executive Chef at the Marine Hotel, to demonstrate Italian favourites: gnocchi, pesto and espumas. David Caras, Innovation Chef at Woolworths, will demonstrate Flavours of Italy on Thursday 11 June and how to use these in an innovative way. The final demonstration with the Italian theme will be on Monday 15 June, when husband and wife, Fabio Valsasina and Giovanna Sartor, team up for a late afternoon demonstration of making the little cocktail snacks – Apertivi – a strong Italian tradition.

Every day between 12:00 and 14:00, Whalehaven, in the Hemel en Aarde Village, will offer a snack lunch of tastings of prosciutto and wine. While you are there, don’t miss the sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli and the exhibition of 100 wine labels.

The Marine Hotel will host a Prosecco Breakfast on Friday 12 June, a great start to the second FynArts weekend.

Tea and coffee is a universal drink, but to taste it with the Italians, join Corado and Lionello at Don Gelato for tastings of The Coffee and The Tea – and, of course, ice-cream.

Talks with an Italian Connection

Don’t miss a Brief History of the Italians in South Africa, by Maria Grazia Martinengo, who will tell an interesting tale of hardships, successes and failures, and of fortitude and endeavour, focussing on the period between 1688 and 1947. Marilyn Martin, academic and curator, will give a fascinating talk, illustrated with slides, on Italian Futurism (1909 – 1915). Renaissance to Contemporaty Architecture will be presented by Jo Noero who is the Director of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Cape Town. He will illustrate how the architecture of the Renaissance has influenced his work as an architect working in South Africa. Felicity Jervis, social historian, will use over 100 visuals to peel back the layers of fact and fable attached to Leonardo’s greatest masterpiece, in Secrets of the Mona Lisa. The final talk in the Italian Connection is Madonna and Child – or is it Mother and Baby? The question is asked by Dr Rosalind Malindrinos, part-time lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. In a fully illustrated lecture she will discuss the effect of the early childhood experiences of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael on their paintings.

The FynArts Fund

Hermanus FynArts has reached a new milestone with the establishment of the Hermanus FynArts Fund. The long-term aim is to establish a School of the Arts for the Overstrand in Hermanus. In the shorter term the aim is to widen audiences at concerts and at workshops to include people who for socio-economic reasons, or because of disablity, are not able to take part in the festival. This fund will be used to heavily subsidise tickets for concerts, workshops and demonstrations, as well as to offer special arts educational events. For more information click here.

Thank you to our sponsors

Hermanus FynArts would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support.

Stay in Hermanus

Hermanus Tourism and the FynArts Team look forward to welcoming you to the festival in June. For a list of Featured Accommodation, Restaurants and Activities, click here.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Hermanus FynArts.


Mary Faure and the FynArts Team

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