SEEK WITH NEW EYES - A Webinar Series
Join us on this voyage of discovery
for an insider’s perspective on South Africa’s cultural landscape.
Discover South Africa’s vibrant creativity, diversity, heritage and history.
See hand-picked highlights, local gems, & places off the beaten track.
Meet tantalizing speakers & inspiring storytellers.
Have virtual conversations with dreamweavers & tastemakers.
Get a taste of things uniquely South African – from the comfort of your home.
STIMULATING | INTERACTIVE | ENRICHING
How does it work?
Cape Insights is offering this series of Zoom conversations
to wannabe travellers
who are curious but confined.
Seven fortnightly sessions,
each one-hour long.
Session1 paints ‘The Big Picture’.
The next six sesions cover these niches: Art/Craft & Design (twice),
Gardens, History, Gastronomy, Archaeology.
What do I get?
You’ll “see with new eyes”
why South Africa is enticing as a
You’ll get an insider’s perspective into the country’s cultural, creative, culinary & historical landscapes.
You’ll meet high-calibre speakers from a variety of niches
who’ll show you their worlds
and answer your questions.
that enlighten and beguile
What does it cost?
By subscribing to the whole series
you’ll receive an
Early Bird reduction,
valued at one free session.
Or pick & choose specific sessions according to your itchy feet,
or else your itchy fingers.
Either way, it’s a fair exchange to expand your horizons
and satisfy your curiosity.
And you’ll be helping us raise funds for our chosen charity
SESSION 1 | WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 | THE BIG PICTURE
Discover what makes South Africa captivating – apart from its iconic wildlife!
Glimpse its unsurpassed natural beauty, diversity & engaging sociability, vibrant arts & culture, historical complexity,
culinary creativity, unique archaeology.
Hear from luminaries doing things differently. Front runners making their mark. Collaborative initiatives sparking hope.
Refresh your perspective. Stimulate your mind
SESSION 2 | THURSDAY OCTOBER O8 | GARDENS
Find out about ‘’fynbos’’ – South Africa’s one-of-a kind type of vegetation.
Why the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six in the world, is the smallest, yet richest and very hottest of biodiversity hotspots.
What makes this the richest natural garden in the entire world.
SESSION 3 | THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 | ART, CRAFT & DESIGN
Open a window into South Africa’s dynamic creative zone and upcoming talent.
Connect with hand-picked trailblazers whose exciting products are both art and craft.
Find out about sustainable initiatives that are sparking hope. Hear from a land artist breaking new ground, literally.
And from captivating speakers and dream-weavers about what makes the creative and artistic forces ”unstoppable”.
SESSION 4 | THURSDAY NOVEMBER 05 | ARCHAEOLOGY
Explore ‘big history’ – major events on the road of our cultural evolution to becoming human.
Trace why South Africa can lay claim to being the cradle of life.
Track where human origins began via revealing evidence and ancestral milestones in The Cradle of Humankind.
Connect the concepts of fossil and First People – the San, one of the last hunter-gatherer societies on Earth.
SESSION 5 | THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19 | MEET THE MAKERS
See how creativity and cultures flourish in diverse urban and rural landscapes.
Meet talented artisans working in the far north of the country – the Limpopo province.
Hear about the buzzing, big-city culture of Johannesburg and Pretoria, pioneering art fairs,
and a new marketplace for a curated selection of artworks for those with an interest in art from Africa.
SESSION 6 | THURSDAY DECEMBER O3 | HISTORY
Uncover how the bottom tip of Africa was claimed, tamed, and shaped – by hunters, herders, slaves from the East, and immigrants from the North.
Unravel the centuries, from times past, the turbulent process of colonization by the Dutch for the first 150 years, followed by a century of British imperialism, the rigours of oppression under the Apartheid regime, to the dawn of democracy and the triumph of the human spirit.
DR ELIZABETH VAN HEYNINGEN, DR DEAN ALLEN, TRACEY RANDLE
SESSION 7 | THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 | GASTRONOMY
Get a taste of the country’s cosmopolitan culinary scene, and the linkages between history and terroir.
Get a peek at feasts from nature with foragers-of-note in sun-drenched landscapes.
Coming Up Next - Session #6: HISTORY
OUR crackerjack speakers
Tracey has a passion for finding stories that reflect the multiple layering of human history on our South African landscape.
Her PhD is exploring the central role that the process of curation and engagement with the archive and historical representation can play in heritage and transformation work.
She brings her passion to light in the most compelling way in a number of beguiling locations
in the Cape winelands.
On the Solms-Delta estate, she researched the socio-economic and cultural heritage of the farm and surrounding region, highlighting the often silent and marginalized voices in relation to dominant narratives that have had a role to play in making South Africa what it is today.
She conceptualized and designed its compelling Museum van de Caab, as well as its satellite exhibition ‘Music van de Caab’. To say nothing of totally revamping the Franschhoek Huguenot Memorial Museum.
Dean’s particular interests cover the British Empire and colonialism in South Africa as well as nationalism and national identities.
His long association with South Africa commenced with his academic research in the Sports Science field, which introduced him to the village of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo.
As well as a doctoral thesis, this resulted in an award-winning book Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein.
Since then, he’s been teaching at universities in South Africa, Australia, Northern Ireland and England, and had published widely in the areas of sports history and sociology.
He presents his unique blend of story-elling and history at events throughout the world, focusing on how world history has been shaped by sport.
Currently he’s travelling around South Africa presenting online vignettes of small town places with quirky characters and less known history.
Elizabeth is an Honorary Research Associate in the History Department, University of Stellenbosch.
In association with colleagues she has published a two-volume history of Cape Town: Cape Town. The Making of a City, and Cape Town in the Twentieth Century.
She is co-author of a book on the Cape medical profession The Cape Doctor in the Nineteenth Century. A Social History.
In addition to her book The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War: A Social History she has written a number of articles on the concentration camps.
She edited the post-war letters of President M.T. Steyn and the papers of a 19th-century amateur geologist and scientist, Dr W.G. Atherstone.
Currently she’s working on the papers of the three white women associated with the black Industrial and Commercial Workers Union.
help Us help Others
The Spier Arts Trust is our chosen cause because it nurtures and develops local talent and upskills careers.
This trust is a non profit organizarion that partners with Nando’s whose patronage also supports grassroots level talent.
Nando’s has the world’s largest collection of Southern African art that it showcases in its restaurants cum galleries worldwide