Anne French Gives Us A 'Taste of Tzaneen'

Urban Craft magazine's own Godfrey Johnson (GJ) talks to Taste of Tzaneen organizer, Anne French (AF) about the upcoming showcase, wh...

Urban Craft magazine's own Godfrey Johnson (GJ) talks to Taste of Tzaneen organizer, Anne French (AF) about the upcoming showcase, what inspires her and a whole lot more!

Follow the conversation below and find out more about what she had to say..


GJ: My dear friend Anne, how wonderful to be talking to you. You are part of a very exciting upcoming festival, what is its official title?
AF: The Taste of Tzaneen - Culinary and Arts Showcase

GJ: Where are you from originally?
AF: I am actually a Bloemfontein meisie, but moved to Cape Town in my teens. Have lived in Bloemies, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, England, Scotland, Oudtshoorn and now Limpopo

GJ: Please name a few of your favourite things...
AF: Hats, I love hats, preferably black hats and jewellery - black jewellery.  I love Jet, it is my favourite stone, it warms up on my skin and gives me a feeling of comfort.

GJ: I have had the privilege of working with you on a number of projects i.e writing a musical for the community. You are naturally creative and passionate, where do these gifts come from?
AF: I guess my mother. She should have been on the stage as she was a dancer, drew exceptionally well and played music. But then she had me and I guess I sucked the lifeblood from her - I was a wild teenager - but she always had colourful friends, so I absorbed it all in. I grew up with my mother sitting with a bottle of red wine on the floor listening to Ella Fitzgerald - Live in Berlin so my love of the Jazz lifestyle came from her. It made me want to see the world and travel to places where great music came from and I think it all had a great impact on me. Like you, we had Geoff Hyland as a schoolteacher and that man really inspired us to live our passions and think out the box. He gave me such a good reference for a dresser job which I applied to at state theatre that they appointed me ASM for the Opera Department instead.  There my love for working backstage was formed. The theatre bedazzled me, and I fell in love with sparkly things and just want to be surrounded by it/them, but I don't to be the centre stage. I'd rather make my sparkly people shine.

GJ: What is your definition of friendship?
AF: If you can handle me, you can have me for life.

GJ: Do you believe that there is a higher power at play, a power that guides you creatively and emotionally?
AF: Yes, I do them all, The Holy Trinity, Angels and Saints. I like to see a bigger picture, if I get it, I can make it work and it can get excited about it. Details bog me down and make me depressed.

GJ: You don't seem to have a cynical bone in your body, why?
AF: I learnt to force myself to be cheerful in my late twenties, and it just stuck. I wake up with a song on my heart - usually something like – One Singular Sensation, or Cabaret and I get through my day that way. When I die, I want to go like Elsie... I really believe that we must have hope and scratch in the dirt for it if we must - as the beauty is always underneath.

GJ: How do you relax?
AF: Netflix/Showmax and my external hard drive. Books are a special occasion as when I read the world stops so I have to be in a space where I don't have to engage.

GJ: Can you name a few of your favourite artists?
AF: Actor - Idris Alba - sorry it’s a girl thing. I think Luther and The Wire are my two most favourite series and he just happens to be in both, or because he is in both I love them.
Music - The HU, a Mongolian metal band.
South African performers - Godfrey Johnson and I think Auriol Hayes and Riaan Smit - Child Atone is my new favourite song.
Writers - Pete McCarthy - he is dead now, but I loved his writing. He wrote travel novels and talks of genetic memory, I buy that. I have experienced that.


TASTE OF TZANEEN: WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO

We are cooking up a storm this year at
The Taste of Tzaneen

Things are heating up at the IINFO Office in Tzaneen where the super exciting line up for this year’s Taste of Tzaneen has been finalized!

This annual event will be presented again by Iinfo Events and hosted at Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen, from Thursday 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2019.
The program is filled with a great variety of exhibitions, live performances, theatre, entertainment, discussion platforms, interviews, demonstrations, competitions, the very popular food theatre, wine, gin and craft beer tastings, deli foods, Illy Coffee Bar, cheese, clothing and jewellery, interior and exterior d├ęcor, live music and much much more!

Highlights this year’s Taste of Tzaneen include the following:
The opening ceremony of the Taste of Tzaneen 2019: - an evening of entertainment followed by a cocktail dinner and dance - is a not to be missed event.  It will be held in partnership with Iinfo, Limpopo Tourism Agency, The Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Zwakala and Tzaneen Community Forum, who will also be presenting their Heroes of Hope Awards.

The evening will be filled with fun and a magical line up of performances and entertainment, including the beautiful African vocalist - Ntsikwane, Maak my Famous runner up -Bernice West, musician and host extraordinaire - Godfrey Johnson and The Black Ties, made up of the incredibly talented Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen and Keeno Lee, all known for their vocal ability, harmony, humour and music to which you can put on your dancing shoes. It’s all in celebration of our vibrant and colourful Limpopo Province. Tickets can be bought for this prestigious event on the Taste of Tzaneen website –

www.tasteoftzaneen.co.za 

The Limpopo Chefs Academy in conjunction with the South African Chefs Association will be hosting senior and junior chefs’ competitions, running a food theatre and preparing various mouth-watering street food options and platters and picnic food! A whole culinary experience can be expected this year at the Food Court during the Taste of Tzaneen.
“The Generals Evening”, where Roger Webster, well known historian, writer and radio presenter will share his extensive knowledge about the Anglo Boer War, the Boer Generals and the rich history of the Anglo Boer War in our area. We look forward to an enriching experience!
Then a panel discussion with the well-known Chris Burgess from Landbou weekblad, and other high-profile stakeholders in our province, including farmers, ministers and businesspeople will be held on Friday afternoon at 14h00, discussing the topic of Agriculture in the Mopani District.

A pre-book launch and book review by the very talented writer Michele Meyer, will be conducted by Godfrey Johnson from the Urban Craft Magazine and thereafter she will entertain us with read snippets of her prose.

Highlights on the open stage on Friday will include Choir Mania, where local and school choirs will showcase their talent, followed by Bernice West, Hanco, Martin Bester and The Black Ties.

On Friday theatrical productions in the Limpopo Theatre Hall consist of: - the Classical Violin Dialogue by Zanta Hofmeyr, Miro Chakaryan and pianist Olive Sandilands, Oesjaar with Jannie du Toit.  The evening then takes on a different tone with Andre Schwarz, Stand-up Comedy duo Rob van Vuuren and Tats Nkonzo, and ends off with a Late-Night Cabaret with Godfrey Johnson.

On Saturday morning on the open stage Florence & Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse and a few surprises will entertain our children, followed by The Black Ties and Hanco.

The Yester Car Club exhibition, and the Lions Potjiekos Competition (which both start at 10h00) adjacent to the Rotary Beer Garden will be a lekker vibey place to be for the manne.

The SAVF lady’s tea, with Mariette Loubser – who will be performing her comedy at 10h30 on Saturday morning – Wanneer Trou Jy - will offer lots of fun and laughter for the women of Tzaneen and it will also be an opportunity to raise funds for AniVileli and the new safe house in Tzaneen.

After the children have been entertained all morning in the Golden Circle they will have the opportunity to see the popular children’s theatre production Liewe Heksie and sommer two shows at that!
From mid Saturday afternoon the Golden Circle will host performances by Roan Ash and Bottomless Coffee Band
Helena Bester will pay a tribute to Nana Mouskouri and the showstopper comedy – Groet die Grotman by Lefra productions will be the highlights in the Limpopo Theatre Hall.

To end off this wonderful line up an After Party by More2Life events will host performing artist Lebb Simons and other local talent in the Golden Circle. Mixed contemporary music and chesa nyama platters will set the perfect party atmosphere to end the Taste of Tzaneen 2019.

Entry fees will be:
Thursday – Free entry
Friday –     9h00 – 18h00 Adults R 50.00 / Children free

Saturday –   9h00 – 15h00 R 50.00 adults / Children free
15h00 – 18h00 R 100.00 adults / Children free
after 18h00 adults R 150.00 (entrance fee to the after party)

Tickets can be bought online on the www.tasteoftzaneen.co.za website (recommended)
Or at the entrance on the day
For more information contact:
Iinfo events coordinator – Anne French
063 199 1262 or email events@tasteoftzaneen.co.za

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