Darling's Voorkamerfest celebrates celebrates its 10th anniversary

Monday, 12 August, 2013
Join the Darling community, during the first weekend of September, and be transported to a surprise world of enchanting theatre, music and dance. The annual Voorkamerfest promises to dazzle this year with a fabulous line-up of local and international artists, all performing in Darling locals’ ’voorkamers’.
The Voorkamerfest, organised and run by the local community, falls under the auspices of the Darling Festival Trust. It was started by Dutch Producers, Wim Visser and Inge Bos, together with Darling’s very own Pieter-Dirk Uys.

The hub of the event is at Evita se Perron where festival-goers can collect tickets for one or all of the Voorkamerfest routes. Each route takes one on an unforgettable journey between three different Darling homes, at which three varied 25-minute performances are showcased. There are four different time slots during the weekend, each with seven routes, with 21 performances in total, offering an exciting mix of theatre genres catering for all tastes.

Transport to and between venues is all done by Darling's local taxis, adding another measure of fun and excitement.

A large part of the Voorkamerfest’s unique charm is the wonderful element of anticipation, as the venues and performers remain a complete surprise until the visitors arrive at each ‘voorkamer’! The houses range from the small and humble to elegant Victorian homes and the owners play host to this unique South African cultural experience.

While waiting for the next taxi route, visitors can amble around Evita se Perron with its boere-kitsch memorabilia and Boerassic Park, and also mingle and browse at the village market which proudly presents the diverse array of foods, wines and crafts for which Darling has become so well known. Additional pre-show entertainment is also provided by the local school orchestra and dance groups, and the Darling Spring Parade.

Venue: Evita se Perron | Dates: Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September

Prices and times: Friday: R195 at 18h00
  • Saturday: R225 at 12h00 and 17h00
  • Sunday: R225 at 12h00 and 16h00
  • Sunday: Free of charge at 16h00 (Artists do 5 minutes of their show at an open air performance for the community in Darling East)

  • Bookings: Phone Chanda Barrows on +27.823217542 or email her on bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

    Websites: Darling Voorkamerfest | The Darling Trust | Darling Tourism

    Voorkamerfest tickets sell FAST with nearly half the tickets already sold, so visitors are urged to PLEASE book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

    This unique festival of theatre, performing arts and music is not to be missed. So head out to the country, enjoy the picturesque drive, the renowned Darling wine estates and of course the magnificent West Coast spring flowers.