A Joburg Ballet collab with Rocco de Villiers, adventure golf that will win over both kids and adults, and comedy nights at Lima Tapas Bar. Benn van der Westhuizen spotlights some of Joburg and Pretoria’s must-visit week and weekend experiences and dining spots to try with your loved ones. All of them following strict COVID protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Joburg Ballet is running a jam-packed weekend programme with Ballet and Beyond, a showcase of three world premieres and one SA premiere.
From Friday to Sunday, a quartet of ballet productions will run twice a day with fewer seats to ensure social distancing protocols. The lineup for each slot includes the first SA performances of highlights from Laurencia, a 1939 Soviet-era Russian classic, as well as two new ballets, The Silent Wanderer and I Am Woman, commissioned from aspiring Joburg Ballet choreographers Mario Gaglione and Craig Pedro, and a world premiere, Grey, by Corey Baker, international award-winning choreographer celebrated for his innovation and commitment to driving dance into the 21st century.
And to top it all off, the ever-popular Rocco de Villiers known for his bold showmanship will perform live piano music to accompany the ballets. This will include excerpts from his newly-composed dance score, One Foot in Front of the Other, offering a glimpse into music that will be used in its entirety in a later Joburg Ballet season.
Cost: R280; R210 (25% discount for Friends of the Ballet)
When: Fri 3pm and 7.30pm | Sat & Sun 11am and 3pm
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein
Indaba Hotel’s Epsom Restaurant in Fourways is hosting a lazy family-style Sunday brunch with a live Jazz band setting the mood.
The menu includes a full English breakfast buffet with all the faves we’ve learned to love, an Oyster Bar and Robertson Winery bubbly. The offer includes one glass of Roberston sparkling wine per person.
Live entertainment comes courtesy of Rike on Sax. Frontwoman Rike Coetzer started her music education at age six, playing the piano and later the oboe and performed in various youth orchestras during her school years. At the age of nineteen, she was introduced to the alto saxophone and decided to make it her main instrument.
Epsom Restaurant is a firm favourite for a meal guaranteed to meet even the most demanding gourmet’s exacting standards. The restaurant runs regular buffet breakfast and lunch spreads and a range of indigenous and international fare are to be found on the menu.
Booking is essential as limited seating is available. For more information, see here.
When: Every Sunday, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Indaba Hotel, William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways
The Anton Smit Sculpture Park, a unique outdoor exhibition which is a short 40-minute drive from Pretoria and 1-hour from Joburg. Artist Anton Smit developed the garden as a destination of creativity to court visiting tourists and art lovers and collectors both locally and internationally.
The Sculpture Park’s three-hectare grounds are situated on the northern side of the Bronkhorstspruit Dam overlooking the water. Amongst the backdrop of natural stone, formations, manicured lawns and succulent gardens, the garden provides a lovely environment to view the expansive collection of monumental sculptures and exhibitions, it includes Art Café, a coffee shop.
Smit’s work has been exhibited and lauded internationally in places as diverse as Rome and Milan, Italy (1991), the Sweeguan Art Gallery in Singapore (1993), Bonn and Wolfsburg in Germany (1994), the SA Embassy in Bonn (1998), Amsterdam (2004) and Cologne (2014).
When: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9am to 4pm
The stand-up comedy scene in Jozi, much like many industries, has been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. Luckily Sandton Comedy Club continues to keep the ball rolling with weekly pop-up comedy events at Lima Tapas Bar in Montecasino. Acts include some of the city’s top up-and-coming artists
Limas Tapas Bar is inspired by the food of the great Andean civilizations of South America that for thousands of years cultivated plants and herbs, such as corn, avocados, chilli-peppers peanuts and chocolate. The menu is laced with Latin American references and shareable tapas portions, making it the perfect setting for a comedy-filled date night in town.
Cost: Free, but tables would be reserved at the restaurant to secure your space
When: Every Sunday, from 10am to 5pm
Where: Shop U58, Montecasino, Fourways
Experience the challenge of Adventure Golf in tranquil surroundings with caves, water features, magnificent greens as well as professionally laid out putting courses.
Adventure Golf is a family-run business that brings the ultimate putt-putt experience at each of their four venues in Stoneridge, Randburg, Hillfox and Fourways. Each of the venues boasts with well-maintained courses are well maintained and hands-on staff to make sure our experience is effortless.
All venues form ideal places to entertain clients, team building activities or arranging kids birthday parties.
Cost: R110 Adults | R90 Scholars | R70 Under 7s & Pensioners
When: Sun to Thurs 9am to 8pm | Fri & Sat 9am to 10pm
Where: Randburg, Fourways, Stoneridge and Hillfox. Refer here for addresses