Voorkamerfest Festival in Darling is back and set for the first weekend in spring

One of  South Africa's most unique events, the Voorkamerfest, returns to the West Coast town of Darling after a two-year break, from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018,  presented for the first time in association with the Fugard Theatre.

The Voorkamerfest takes place during the first weekend of spring in one of the Western Cape's most beautiful regions in the quaint town of Darling that is also home to South Africa's Most Famous White Woman, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout. The event, produced by Tasha Reid and co-produced by Antoinette van Heerden, was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser, supported by founding sponsor Stichting Doen (NL) with the help of Pieter-Dirk Uys, the residents of Darling and various local businesses.

2018 marks the 13th festival, a vibrant multiple genre showcase of cross cultural theatre, music, dance and comedy, performed by South African and international artists. In previous years, the Voorkamerfest has hosted performers from the UK, Holland, Belgium, France, Surinam, India, Zimbabwe, Angola, Algeria, Canada, and Switzerland.  This year, audiences can look forward to performances by several talented companies, ensembles and individuals, such as Jazzart, Nylon Dance Company, Jitsvinger and The Buckfever Underground.

What sets this festival apart is that audiences don't know exactly which shows they'll be seeing until they are seated in the front rooms (voorkamers) of homes spread throughout the community.  There are seven colour-coded routes from which to choose, each offering three shows in three houses. Minibus taxis ferry patrons from Evita se Perron to venues that range from grand old Cape Dutch manors to RDP houses, where local hosts receive visitors a warm Darling welcome.

Evita se Perron forms the festival hub with a daily outdoor market co-ordinated by I love Yzer, offering local crafts and fare.  An open air concert in Darling East brings the festival to a fitting close on the final day and is free for all.

1 weekend, 21 shows, 60 performers - this is an event not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale and advance booking is essential. Routes are scheduled for 5pm on Friday 31st August , 12pm and 5pm on Saturday 1 September  and 12pm on Sunday 2 September 2018. Tickets can be pre-booked and collected at the box office in the Evita se Perron piazza area and guests are advised to arrive an hour before taxis depart for the shows. Tickets cost R200pp on Friday and R250pp on Saturday and Sunday and are available through Quicket via www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . and 079 1903218. R5 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Darling Trust NGO (www.thedarlingtrust.org).

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    31 Aug 2018 - 02 Sep 2018
  • Time

    FRI 5 PM | SAT 12 & 5 PM | SUN 12 PM
  • Price

    R200 - R250


Friends of The Fugard

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each registered Friends of The Fugard member will receive their first 2 tickets discounted, on the usual applicable performance days and seating categories when booking through the box office. Thereafter the member’s guests will pay the full price (or other category discount, if applicable) on additional seats as required.

One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.