Music and meditation at grape harvest festival

James Stoffberg from Lotus River in the children’s theatre production, How to Hold the World.

As part of Spier’s Harvest of the Arts festival on Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26, families with young children can also look forward to the production called How to Hold the World, written and directed by Juliette Rose-Innes and featuring James Stoffberg, taking place each day at noon.

The all-day festival includes a diverse programme with top local artists including The One Who Sings – Zolani Mahola; multi-instrumentalist Guy Buttery; the jazzy Adamu Trio featuring Adamu da Silva, Buddy Wells and Jonno Sweetman; indie-rock outfit Jak Tomas and the Rebellion; soulful balladeer Wren Hinds; indigenous African music combo, iiNceba zoMdali featuring Ncebakazi Mnukwana, Lungiswa Plaatjies, Kim Masala and Bongani Nikelo; the “world beat” duo Mindcircle: Ronan Skillen and Ben Badenhorst; and the Bongani Singers choir.

Away from the main stage, in quiet nooks under the oaks, guests can attend afternoon poetry and short story readings given by local writers such as Kobus Moolman, Sindiswa Busuku, Toast Coetzer, Dominique Botha, Jacques Coetzee, Lester Warbrugh, Diane Awerbuck and Nondwe Puma, and people can gather for a collective meditation on the river bank each evening. A thanksgiving ritual featuring the Tierra Flamenca Spanish dancers and an ensemble of percussionists will precede the sunset concert.

The Spier Harvest of the Arts takes place at Spier Wine Farm from Saturday to Sunday, from noon to 8.30pm. Tickets cost from R100 via Webtickets. For tickets and the full programme breakdown, visit