The Curious Curator…. Vol #14

Tutu on Dalai Lama joy ride


It was a double celebration for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as he touched down in India to mark the birthday of the Dalai Lama and to collaborate on a book with him this week. The two spiritual leaders, who are also old friends, shared the news of the book – titled The Book of Joy: Finding Enduring Happiness In an Uncertain World – and of Tutu’s arrival via their Facebook accounts.

Publishers Weekly said in a recent write-up online that the production of the book would feature the two spiritual leaders spending the week sharing their perspectives on the topic of joy. In order to share this experience more broadly with the rest of the world, the two leaders will use their Facebook pages to let readers around the globe ask questions about the path to joy and a meaningful life.

The winning questions will be answered by the Dalai Lama and the archbishop and then video footage of those discussions will be shared with the world after the meeting.

To get involved in the conversation, users are invited to use the tags #bookofjoy and #askforjjoy in their posts.


Google Street View gives virtual tour of Mandela’s ex-prison on Robben Island


During the long years of racial apartheid it was a no-go zone off Africa’s southern tip, run so secretively that photographs of its most famous prisoner could never emerge.  Now Robben Island, a UN World Heritage site, is the latest and one of the most unusual additions to Google’s Street View. Users can follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps all the way into the spartan five sq metre prison cell where he languished for 18 years.

Google was invited to tour with its Trekker backpack-mounted camera taking 360-degree panoramic photos of the island, which has variously served as a leper colony, quarantine station, mental hospital and political prison. It is now a museum and tourist attraction with a small resident population.

Street View’s images include the house where Robert Sobukwe, the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress, was kept in solitary confinement, the quarry where political prisoners laboured and Mandela’s eyes were damaged by light and dust, and the courtyard where Mandela gardened a small plot and covertly began writing his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.


8 SA films to show at Cannes Festival including MUSIC mockumentary


MUSIC mockumentary Stone Cold Jane Austen will be one of eight South African films screening at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

The films form part of the Marche Du Film programme which takes place from May 12 to 21, the film market business side of the Cannes Film Festival.

Writer/director Jon Savage is surprised that his film has made it onto the line-up. “It’s not a very traditional film. It’s a feature film in the style of a mockumentary. My film is going to Cannes, I’m going, too.”

Crowdfunded Stone Cold Jane Austen was shot over a three-and-half-year period and features Rob van Vuuren, Savage and Kurt Schoonraad as the only fictional characters in the story of an English rock band wanting to break into the lucrative Afrikaans rock market.

“All the Afrikaans stars from Fokofpolisiekar to Kurt Darren are in it, either as people supporting the idea, or not,” said Savage.

The film has been picked up by Nu Metro Theatre for local release on May 22.


Where to eat on First Thursdays in Cape Town


Arts and culture event First Thursdays invites city art galleries, boutiques and restaurants to open their doors late for a socialising extravaganza on the first Thursday evening of each month. While true culture connoisseurs might prefer to admire art without a barrier four hipsters deep, for many it’s an opportunity to see and be seen, network, and, yes, score lots of free wine. It’s also a great chance to visit the city eateries that put on something a little different, from street-side barbecues and gourmet hotdogs to platters of brownies. Here’s a selection of some of the favourites:

Publik Wine Bar on Church Street – low-smoked barbecue (brisket or pulled pork buns) on First Thursdays, done either by The Southern Smoke or The Hog House. La Parada, with tapas like calamari and patatas bravas, up on Buitengracht Street, El Camino is serving authentic Japanese oishii buns and sriracha cheese burgers with skinny fries.

Skinny Legs & All is celebrating all things Mexican with mescal and spicy snacks. As First Thursdays have now extended up as far as Harrington Street, Lefty’s Dive Bar (great barbecue ribs and fried chicken ‘n waffles) and its upstairs neighbour, Downtown Ramen noodle bar, are more popular options.

At the top end of Bree Street, Mother’s Ruin Gin Bar offers a simple but tasty charcuterie board to soak up all those speciality spirits, and new hotspot Bacon on Bree promises to stay open until 9pm, serving all the bacon. Newly opened Culture Club Cheese is also offering a raclette to welcome the cooler weather in.


Cape Town set to host the World Sevens Series


The Cape Town Sevens will join a host of new and iconic venues on the Series circuit – which has already added Sydney and Vancouver to its schedule – with the full line-up of host cities and dates to be confirmed by World Rugby (formerly the IRB) in due course.
The Cape Town Sevens will be played at the Cape Town Stadium following an agreement between SARU and the City Council. The Western Province Rugby Union was kept informed of the discussions by SARU and has pledged their support.

“World Rugby wanted global iconic destinations to showcase the new Olympic sport of Rugby Sevens and a world-class stadium, in a world-class city in the shadow of a World Heritage site in Table Mountain provides exactly that,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.

Cape Town is sports-mad and their crowds frequently top the attendance charts in SA and it is a rugby city. The Fan Walk to the stadium and the proximity of entertainment areas such as the V&A Waterfront are an added bonus and will capture and amplify the unique vibe of Sevens Rugby. It also has the added advantage from World Rugby’s perspective of numerous direct international flights and significant hotel capacity, which will ease some of the logistical issues.



Voices of Hope Gala Concert – 8th May, Baxter Theatre

Kamers Pop Up Market – 7th – 10th May, Cape Town City Hall

The Wine Show 2015 – 7th – 9th May, Sandton Convention Centre

Picnic in the Night Sky – 7th May, Market on Main, Maboneng

Franschhoek Literary Festival – 15th – 17th May, Franschhoek

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterGoogle+Email to someone

by Vicky Rowe

Leave a Reply

Contact Us - (Travel Trade Only)

followme2AFRICA is a Destination Management Company, offering tour operators and travel companies online / live-availability to the largest selection of properties and land products in southern Africa. Our system is linked directly into the companies listed on the Affiliates Page, as well as to most of our Partners’ systems, which gives followme2AFRICA the edge over its competitors.  If you are interested in becoming an affiliate or agent for followme2AFRICA, please complete the form below.

For booking enquiries, followme2AFRICA office hours in Cape Town are : Monday - Friday 06:30 - 15:00 (GMT Time)

Email :


Block B, Aintree Park
1 Loch Close
Kenilworth, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 657 6800


2nd Floor, 17 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DU, U.K
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7494 1300


Ostozhenka street, 10
Tel: +7 926 072 4 777


We are delighted to have contracts with these highly respected tour operators / travel companies below.  On their behalf we handle every aspect of their clients’ holidays in southern Africa – ensuring top quality service throughout.

UK & Ireland

British Airways
Dial A Flight
Emirates Holidays
Travel 2 (Trade only)