The 8th Prince Albert Reading Festival-Leesfees will take place from 1 to 3 November 2019. This year the festival’s theme is See things differently. With this theme, the festival will challenge festival goers to think about whether we look around enough? Are we aware of our surroundings and the wonders we are in danger of losing, especially in the midst of global challenges like climate change?
The festival offers many book discussions and workshops in the company of established South African writers like Dave Pepler, Rudie van Vuuren, Pieter Hugo and Fred Khumalo to name but a few. During these discussions, the panels will pay particular attention to how contemporary issues are being tackled in literature.
Readers can also look forward to interesting book discussions with debut writers like Azille Coetzee (In my vel) and Miché Solomon (Zephany: Two Mothers. One Daughter).
One event at the Leesfees that is particularly noteworthy is He had it coming. This is a collection of sketches by Mike van Graan that will be performed by Nancy Sekhokoane. The production is directed by Faniswa Yasia. The review is inspired by the #NotAllMen campaign as a response to the anti-gender-based violence movement. He had it coming aims to comment on contemporary South African issues in a satirical form, inviting laughter as much as critical reflection. The production will be playing on 2 November at 20:00 at Jans Rautenbach Schouwburg.
The Leesfees is an event that readers and lovers of literature do not want to miss. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting this link: https://www.princealbertleesfees.org/tickets/
There are, of course, also a great many other activities that festival goers can look forward to while in town for the annual Leesfees. These activities range from hiking trails to wine tastings, meaning that the town has something to do for everyone! Prince Albert Tourism recently launched a new website that offers guests that chance to have a look at all the fun things they can do during their stay in the village.
For those who enjoy mountain biking in their free time, Prince Albert offers an array of routes, ranging in difficulty. Finding the best route is easy thanks to Karoo Cycle Tours. Whether it’s a hair-raising descent from the top of the Swartberg on his well-maintained bicycles or a guided motorcycle ride through the mountains to Gamkaskloof their attention to detail and safety assure the guests of an intriguing adventure.
Tourists travelling with children will enjoy visiting The Karoo Donkey Sanctuary. It is a registered Animal Welfare NPO and is located on a private farm, two kilometres outside the picturesque village of Prince Albert, at the base of the majestic Swartberg Mountains and at the gateway to the Great Karoo. Guests can visit the sanctuary to meet the donkeys that live there.
Another unique spot in town is The Prince Albert Gallery which exhibits the works of a wide variety of South African artists specialising in painting, etching and ceramic art. They welcome you to visit the space. Art lovers may just find a piece of art that speaks to them.
Those looking to learn more about one of Prince Albert’s biggest export products, olives, are also in for a treat. They can visit O for Olive for an Olive Experience. The guided tour begins with a walk through the olive groves, moves on to their sorting tables, brining room and olive press and ends with a delightful tasting session.
Wine enthusiasts can look forward to tasting unique wines while in Prince Albert. They can pay a visit to Fernkloof Wines for a tasting. With a vast history of how Fernkloof started, it is safe to say it should be one of your stops when in at Prince Albert. Diederik le Grange is behind the winemaking and viticulture and can offer interesting insight into the process of winemaking.
There are of course many more interesting things to do in the town of Prince Albert. Visitors are advised to have a look at Prince Albert Tourism’s new website for a comprehensive list of activities. The page can be reached on https://bookprincealbert.com/activities/.
For more information about activities and events in and around the village, check out Facebook (@PrinceAlbert.WesternCape), Twitter (@prince_albert_tourism) and Instagram (@PrinceAlbertZA).