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Spier to host Constellations, a series of campfire gatherings with cultural icons

The Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is set to host Constellations, a series of campfire gatherings with South African cultural juggernauts, from 26 November 2020. The concept is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed theatre director and playwright Brett Bailey.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy intriguing encounters with a diverse array of local cultural talents under starry skies.

Small groups of spectators will follow a trail after dark through the beautiful wilds flanking the Eerste River. Along the way, they’ll visit three campfires where they will spend roughly 40 minutes being hosted by a ‘Fire Guardian’ before heading off to the next fire. Spectators will never know who their Guardians will be until they arrive, which means a surprise is in store at every fire.

“I am compiling a diverse team of 27 fascinating, talented and compelling people who will be the Guardians,” says Bailey. “Some are well-known, others are ‘hidden gems’. They include singers and musicians working in a variety of idioms; performance artists and poets; thinkers and alternative historians; ceremonialists, sangomas and environmentalists. I am not releasing their identities at this point. Each of these Guardians will host an experience for spectators without the use of any technology, apart from the light of the campfire.” 

He adds: “I believe that people will have a truly rich and memorable evening: meeting others, sharing firesides with remarkable people, and experiencing the sounds and smells of nature at night.”

Covid-19 precautions will be in place, with sanitising, social distancing and small groups moving safely outside.

Constellations is for 16-year-olds and above. Bailey encourages the wearing of warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes as spectators will be traversing in the dark.

Tickets are available on Webtickets.



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