Magpie Christmas Tree 2015 Barrydale South Africa

with Handspring Trust    and Net Vir Pret

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Barrydale's emerging Festival of Art ...

Its been 9 years since Magpie first publically installed a Christmas Tree for the Klein Karoo Overberg farm village of Barrydale. The sunset Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Meadow Lawns down in Laing Street adjacent to the KleinHuisrivier has become an annual institution. The evening typically begins with villagers and visitors bringing picnics and enjoying the early Summer eve with friends and loved ones. As the sun sets villagers carol, a choir sings and the brass band does it thing to rev up the growing crowd til the Mayor leads the countdown to the ever impressive lighting of the MagpieArtCollectives annual gift of joy to the town.


What's evolved out of this impetus is a unique collaboration between Magpie, the world famous Handspring Puppett Company and a child focused NGO in the village called Net Vir Pret. An annual parade celebrating Reconciliation has become become a regular feature of the early summer holidays. Intially the Parade and the Tree events were one and the same, but as time has gone by it became necessary to spread the events over a number of days, thereby attracting more visitors and increasing participation.


This year's programme kicks off the weekend on Friday with "Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine" , a murder-mystery and dinner theatre production hosted and performed by the Barrydale Amateur Dramatic Society (BADS)  I guess its book early and make sure you get to the venue timeously! Details will follow on the program.


Jenny Parsons, a well known South African Artist based in Cape Town is showcasing her newest works entitled "Swartlandt" which will be exhibited at the Magpie Art Collective Gallery. Opening night is on Saturday 12th at 6pm ! See you there!


On Sunday 13th Dec Joan Peeters opens her art exhibition at the Moreson Church at 2pm. Later on in the afternoon the Annual Parade starts. Villagers and visitors from far and wide meet at 6pm at two venues. Join where-ever you like. The dorp parade begins in front of the Magpie and Barrydale Karoo Art Hotel in Van Riebeeck Street! Bring your parading tackies and come optog with us! Or you can make your way to the Smistville township community and join in the parade from the front of the NetVirPret Community Centre in Renonkel Straat! This year's theme celebrates  the freeing of the Slaves in the Cape Colony in the 1830's. The magical puppetry trainings of Handspring, UNIMA - the national body for puppetry in SouthAfrica and the enthusiasm of the NetVirPret School Summer Holiday Programme will undoubtedly inspire. A play depicting the narrative and theme of this year's parade will be presented at the school ampitheatre at the BF Oosthuizen School in Tinley Street. The school is the end point of the parade so its really worth staying on for the show!  Eat early or make sure you have a booking at one of the village restuarants that will be especially open after the evening parade!


On Tuesday evening the 15 December 2015 come picnic with the MagpieArtCollective on the meadow lawns alongside the KleinHuisrivier and enjoy the sunset Christmas Tree spectacular lighting ceremony! The Christmas installation will be on show throughout the Summer Holidays, but the Lighting Installation on the evening of the 15th is a definate must!


Friday 18th is a Carol by Candlight evening held at the Moreson Church, corner Sprigg and Van Riebeeck Street.


Details will be posted on the programme!


See you all here


The Magpies ! xx


Dec 11th - 18th, 2015 ...

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