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It’s a full-moon-Krismis in the Boland

Share in the gifting spirit at the Taalmonument

To relieve some of the pressure on him, Father Christmas has decided to hand out some early gifts during the popular annual Father Christmas Full Moon Picnic at the Afrikaans Language Monument on Friday, 13 December 2019 – an evening also in aid of a good cause.

The picnics on Paarl Mountain are very popular with locals and overseas visitors, who particularly enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes of the valleys, mountains and peninsula. A free guided tour that explains the symbolism of the monument, an exceptional sculpture, is offered at 18:30. Visitors are encouraged to explore, and there are outdoor games and playgrounds for children. Father Christmas should make his appearance by 19:00, therefore parents should bring their children’s clearly marked gifts to the Visitor Centre beforehand to be included in his bag.

Visitors can picnic between 17:00 and 22:00, and are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or pre-order one (R300 for two people, or R400 with a basket included) at the Coffee Shop on 021 863 2800. It will also be open for coffee, light refreshments and pizza. Please dress warmly and bring a torch. Ample, safe parking is available

The picnic evenings are held in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Taalmonument’s literacy project for children, and visitors are encouraged to donate a new or second-hand children’s book.

Entry is R40 per adult, R10 for SA students/pensioners and R5 for children (free under six years). They are available from Computicket or at the gate; no booking is required. Annual permits are available at the monument at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all the Full Moon Picnics.

For more information about all the other exciting events at the Taalmonument (which is celebrating 45 years next year), call 021 863 0543/4809, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The next Full Moon Picnics take place on 10 January, 8 February and 7 March 2020.

[Please note that the Full Moon Picnic planned for 9 November 2019 has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.]

Dis ʼn volmaan-Krismis in die Boland

Deel die gees van gee by die Taalmonument

Om die druk op hom te verlig, het Kersvader besluit om solank vooraf ʼn paar geskenke uit te deel tydens die gewilde, jaarlikse Vader Kersfees Volmaanpiekniek by die Afrikaanse Taalmonument op Vrydag, 13 Desember 2019 – ʼn aand boonop ten bate van ʼn goeie doel.

Dié pieknieks op Paarlberg is baie gewild onder plaaslike inwoners én oorsese besoekers, wat veral die sonsondergang en pragtige naguitsig op die valleie, berge en skiereiland geniet. ’n Gratis begeleide toer wat onder meer die simboliek van die monument, ʼn beeldhouwerk sonder weerga, verklaar, word om 18:30 aangebied. Besoekers word aangemoedig om die omgewing te verken en daar is buitelug-speletjies en speelparke vir die kinders. Kersvader behoort om 19:00 sy opwagting te maak om geskenke uit te deel, dus ouers moet asseblief hul kinders se duidelik gemerkte geskenke vooraf in sy Kerskous in die Besoekersentrum besorg.

Besoekers kan tussen 17:00 en 22:00 piekniek hou, en is welkom om hul eie piekniekmandjies te bring of een vooraf te bestel (R300 vir twee persone, of R400 met ʼn mandjie ingesluit) by die koffiewinkel op 021 863 2800. Dit sal ook oop wees vir koffie en ligte verversings asook pizza. Onthou asseblief warm klere en ʼn flits. Genoegsame, veilige parkering is beskikbaar.

Die piekniekreeks word aangebied ten bate van ‘Laat ons Lees!’, die Taalmonument se geletterdheidsprojek vir kinders, derhalwe word gaste aangemoedig om ʼn nuwe of tweedehandse kinderboek te skenk ter ondersteuning van dié projek.

Toegang is R40 per volwassene, R10 vir SA studente/pensioenarisse en R5 vir kinders (gratis onder ses jaar). Kaartjies is beskikbaar by Computicket of die hek; geen besprekings is nodig nie. Jaarpermitte is by die Taalmonument beskikbaar teen R120 vir individue of R220 per gesin, wat toegang tot alle Volmaanpieknieks insluit.

Vir meer inligting oor al die ander opwindende geleenthede by die Taalmonument (hulle vier volgende jaar 45 jaar), skakel 021 863 0543/4809, besoek www.taalmonument.co.za of volg hulle op Facebook. Die volgende Volmaanpieknieks vind op 10 Januarie, 8 Februarie en 7 Maart 2020 plaas.

[Let asseblief op dat die Volmaanpiekniek beplan vir 9 November 2019 helaas afgestel is weens onvoorsiene omstandighede.]

BAIC Paarlberg Challenge 2019

Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument het op Saterdag, 5 Oktober 2019, ’n koeldrank- en waterpunt hanteer tydens die BAIC Paarlberg Challenge. Die wedloop word as die mooiste in die Boland beskou en is die 2de oudste (sedert 1935) in die land. Personeel het die dorstige drawwers, veral dié wat die 21,5km aangedurf het, by twee plekke met koeldrank en water uitgehelp. www.taalmonument.co.za.

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Celebrate the summer of 2020 with the sultans of song


It’s 3-2-1 for the Rockets at the Taalmonument
The famous and beloved The Rockets is such an institution at the iconic Language Monument that they will once again ascend the Paarl Mountain to properly celebrate the summer and new year of 2020. If you haven’t seen this energetic pop group live yet, then Friday, 24 January is an evening that you can’t miss out on; if you already know them, no encouragement is necessary. Furthermore, their concert is partly in aid of the Let’s Read! literacy project for children, and visitors are asked to bring and donate any children’s books for this purpose.

The Rockets are more than just a group; they’re indeed a musical institution. They have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans, and they continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances. This year the group was honoured with a Ghoema Lifetime Achievement Award and their sold-out 50th Anniversary show received a SAFTA award for the Best Music Show Production.

The Rockets have many a CD under their belts and are old acquaintances on many radio stations – the songs of their latest Afrikaans album, Sonskyn, are also regularly heard. Old and young love Jerry Watt, Manuel Losper, Ryan Smith, Jano van der Berg and Bruce Newman’s soothing voices that bring music from the past to the present to harmonious life.

The show commences at 20:00 in the Garden Theatre – just in time for a stunning sunset – on the soft lawn at the foot of the monument. Visitors are welcome to explore the iconic monument and scenic surroundings via footpaths while the children entertain themselves in the playgrounds. Bring your own drinks (no glass) and picnic baskets, or order one in advance at the delicious restaurant on 021 863 2800. Coffee, light refreshments, pizza, wine and beer will also be on sale.

Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available at Computicket and the Language Monument at R100 for adults R50 for children under 13. Remember a blanket or pillow and warm clothing. Safe parking is available (a shuttle service transports visitors to the gate) and entry is controlled. Unfortunately, no dogs or fires are allowed.

For further information about these and other exciting events (such as the full moon and stargazing picnics), call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za and www.facebook.com/afrikaansetaalmonument. The concerts this season include the big 45th year birthday bash (28/29 February) as well as the Taalmonument Choir Festival (14 March). More on The Rockets at www.rockets.co.za.

Vier 2020 se somer met die sultans van sang


Taalmonument vuur en vlam vir die Rockets

Die beroemde en geliefde The Rockets is al só ʼn instelling by die ikoniese Taalmonument dat hulle weereens die Paarlberg sal bestyg om die somer en nuwe jaar van 2020 behoorlik te vier. As jy nog nie hierdie energieke popgroep in lewende lywe aanskou het nie, is Vrydag, 24 Januarie, die aand wat jy nie kan mis nie; as jy hulle reeds ken, is geen aanmoediging nodig nie. Hul konsert is boonop deels ten bate van die Laat ons Lees!-geletterheidsprojek vir kinders, dus besoekers word versoek om enige kinderboeke vir hierdie doel te skenk.

The Rockets is meer as net ‘n groep; dis inderdaad ‘n musikale instelling. Hulle het al meer as 3 miljoen kilometer gereis en voor miljoene aanhangers opgetree, en gaan voort om plaaslike sowel as internasionale verhoë aan die brand te sing met hul kleurryke, kompromislose en energieke optredes. Die groep is vanjaar met ‘n Ghoema-toekenning vir Lewensbydrae vereer en hul uitverkoopte vertoning om hul 50ste verjaardag te vier, het ‘n SAFTA-toekenning vir die Beste Musiekproduksie ontvang.

The Rockets het al die talle CD’s die lig laat sien en is ou bekendes op menige radiostasie – die liedjies van hul jongste Afrikaanse album, Sonskyn, word ook gereeld gehoor. Oud en jonk is mal oor Jerry Watt, Manuel Losper, Ryan Smith, Jano van der Berg en Bruce Newman se strelende stemme wat musiek van die verlede tot die hede tot harmonieuse lewe bring.

Die vertoning begin om 20:00 in die Tuinteater – net betyds vir ʼn pragtige sononder – op die sagte grasperk aan die voet van die monument. Besoekers is welkom om vooraf die monument en beeldskone omgewing via wandelpaaie te verken terwyl die kinders hulself in die speelparke vermaak. Bring jou eie drankies (geen glas) en piekniekmandjie of bestel een vooraf by die verruklike restaurant op 021 863 2800. Koffie, ligte verversings, pizza, wyn en bier sal ook te koop wees.

Kaartjies, wat na verwagting snel gaan uitverkoop, is vooraf by Computicket en die Taalmonument teen R100 vir volwassenes en R50 vir kinders onder 13 jaar beskikbaar. Onthou ’n kombers of kussing en warm klere. Veilige parkering is beskikbaar (ʼn pendeldiens vervoer besoekers na die hek) en toegang word beheer. Helaas word geen honde of vure toegelaat nie.

Vir verdere inligting oor hierdie en ander opwindende geleenthede (soos die volmaan- en sterrekykpieknieks), skakel 021 863 0543/4809 of besoek www.taalmonument.co.za en www.facebook.com/afrikaansetaalmonument. Die konserte hierdie seisoen sluit die groot 45ste verjaardagfees (28/29 Februarie) asook die Taalmonument Koorfees (15 Maart) in. Meer oor The Rockets by www.rockets.co.za