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Solo Studios 2024 crowns Riebeek Valley as art and culture hub

Written by Shereen Lurie

Solo Studios 2024 is set to transform Riebeek Kasteel into an art and culture hub over Women’s Day weekend, from 9 – 11 August 2024. With thirty-three artists showcasing their work across five galleries, as well as live performances and gourmet events, the event promises an immersive experience for art enthusiasts. Nestled just 80km from Cape Town, Riebeek Valley’s picturesque backdrop adds to the charm of the occasion, drawing visitors from far and wide to indulge in the valley’s wealth of fine art.

Ashley Stone, co-owner of Solo Studios, emphasises the intimate nature of the event, where visitors can interact directly with artists in their creative spaces. This unique encounter offers a glimpse into the valley’s rich cultural heritage and serves as a platform for art investments. Among the featured artists are Sharon Bischoff, Ade Kipades, and Emma Willemse, reflecting the diverse talent thriving in the valley.

Participating galleries include RK Contemporary Gallery, Gallery 7, and Pictorex, among others, making Solo Studios 2024 an unmissable celebration of art and community in the heart of Riebeek Valley.

Palate & palette

This year’s Solo Studios promises an expanded array of cultural activities alongside its core art showcase. Food enthusiasts and social butterflies alike can look forward to The Night of Long Tables, curated by local luminaries Louis Jaanse Van Vuuren and Isabella Niehaus. These long table feasts, complemented by Swartland wines, offer a gastronomic celebration highlighting the region’s farm-fresh produce and fostering community through shared meals.

The cultural program features dynamic performances, including Aldo Brincat’s solo theatre hit “The Moon Looks Delicious Here”, exploring the intricacies of familial relationships against South Africa’s political backdrop. Additionally, multidisciplinary artist Rudolph Willemse will present “Swartland”, blending Afrikaans poetry with live music, photography, and performance art. The lineup also includes The Winelands Philharmonic Orchestra and singer-songwriter Wren Hinds, adding to the event’s rich tapestry of artistic expression.

With last year’s event attracting over 1 200 visitors, anticipation is high for this year’s edition, especially with the holiday weekend drawing near. As Ashley Stone notes, the event offers an ideal opportunity for a weekend getaway or day trip to the scenic valley, brimming with art, culture, wine, and serene landscapes. Brent Geddes, co-founder of event partner Geddes, emphasises the event’s role in nurturing local talent and fostering community enrichment, reflecting the transformative power of creativity in the Swartland region and beyond.

More info:

Secure your tickets through the Solo Studios website at www.solostudios.co.za. For further details, follow Solo Studios on Instagram @solostudiosrk and Facebook @solostudiosriebeekvalley.


Shereen Lurie

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