Cradock’s Veld Soiree weekend of 22 to 24 September 2017 pivots around one of this Karoo town’s literary sons – Etienne van Heerden. His latest, long-awaited book is Die Wereld van Charlie Oeng, which is set in his home town Cradock.
Friday’s programme happens in and around the Tuishuise and Victoria Manor Hotel on historic Market Street, culminating in a performance by Coenie de Villiers in the Moederkerk.
Fridays’ speakers include Tim Huisamen, Godfrey Meintjies, Cas Wepener talking about Karel Schoeman, Helize van Vuuren, Tom Dreyer, Bernard Odendaal and Jason Lloyd. In the late afternoon there will be a guided walk around Cradock’s historic sites.
On Saturday, events move to Dirosie Lodge which is on a game reserve 12km outside town. This is where Olive Schreiner’s stone sarcophagus stands atop a high hill called Buffelshoek.
The morning begins with festival organiser Darryl David interviewing Etienne van Heerden, and then proceeds to various talks from writers and academics, including Ashwin Desai, Barry Pienaar and Christa du Plessis.
After lunch, there will be a visit to the Schreiner’s sarcophagus, where she lies interred with her husband Samuel Cronwright-Schreiner, her baby Nita and her dog. Darryl David will give a tribute to this famous writer, who wrote The Story of an African Farm while in this district.
On Sunday, the programme includes talks by Wilna Adriaanse, Thys Human, Luthando Lucas, Lien Botha and Karoo poet Clinton du Plessis. Music features in the afternoon, with performances by HemelBesem and Heather Costaras.
The Tuishuise and Victoria Manor are offering a special package of R1 490. This includes:
- 3 nights bed and breakfast per person sharing in a Tuishuis.
- 1 traditional candlelight Karoo dinner
- 1 walking tour of Cradock.
Contact the Tuishuise and Victoria Manor Hotel on:
Dirosie Lodge, Buffelshoek: