From ethnic music to Hip Hop dancing, from singing to one-act plays, even a spring parade, there are lots of reasons to love the Darling Voorkamerfest at the beginning of September each year. After visiting the 10th Voorkamerfest this year, here are my top 6 reasons.
2. Strolling around the food stalls before or after a show to pick out something to eat while you sit on hay bales or stand near a roaring fire to keep warm in the chill of evening.
6. The free public concert in a dusty field between the RDP houses in Darling East, where all the performers presented 5 minutes from their acts. Inspirational stuff for people who otherwise wouldn’t have seen what had been happening in their town for the past few days.
1. Back-crunching long waits for the taxis, particularly on the last day.
2. Vastly varying quality. Some shows we saw were brilliant, others averagely entertaining, and a couple really poor. On one of our routes we had 3 out of 3 great shows; on another just 1 out of 3.
3. Missing shows we really wanted to see, because the 'mystery' format doesn’t allow you to choose; you just have to take what the organisers allocate to you. For instance, we were bummed to have missed violinist Anele Mhlahlo and soprano Zanne Stapelberg.
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