What better way to encourage cultural relationships than through storytelling and performance art in intimate surroundings? This is exactly how the NPO I am Somebody! is doing it. Their Soirees in living rooms in and around Cape Town are proving to be one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets, known only to a diverse few who are in touch with underground culture.
Well now, the secret is out! But you have to be proactive to get tickets to the events, which could be in an artist’s lounge in Muizenberg or a New York-style loft apartment in Woodstock. The venue is only revealed upon receipt of payment. And it’s not the fringe of talent that you will find either, it’s top performers like poetess Diana Ferrus known for the Sarah Baartman poem “I’ve Come to Take You Home”, jazz singer and winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Melanie Scholtz, storyteller and dub poet D’bi Young and ex-con-made-good singer Larry Joe, who cut his first CD in a prison cell with the help of Freshly Ground founder Aron Turest-Swartz. So inspiring is his story that he is back by popular demand on Sat 10 Sept at an address to be revealed.
The Soirees cost R100 pre-paid by EFT or R110 cash, including wine and tea/coffee and yummy hot soup and fresh bread, supplied by Empire Café and Knead Bakery in Muizenberg.
Contact Toni Stuart or call 071 573 3597. The evening is hosted by founders and directors of I Am Somebody! Toni Stuart and Nicole le Roux, who use storytelling and mentorship to bring young adults together across class, culture, sexual orientation, gender and ability.