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Sun, cocktails and jazz at Taalmonument

February 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

R40 – R80

Lungi and Ramon end this 45th party on a high note

The iconic Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s (ATM’s) first party to celebrate 45 young years, reaches a jazz crescendo on Saturday evening, 29 February 2020, thanks to Lungi and Ramon’s incredible singing and piano talents; in short, the perfect soundtrack to a balmy late afternoon. This concert in the intimate Garden Theatre at the foot of the Taalmonument, forms part of the institution’s weekend-long festival that include children’s entertainment, a fun walk, yoga, midday concert, rock-tronic concert, poetry class and market on the stunning Paarl Mountain.

Lungelo Motaung, or Lungi, is a popular artist at music venues and is praised for her vocal range, stage personality and interpretation of a wide variety of items. Next up is Ramon Alexander, a musical maestro who breathes new life into Cape jazz with original compositions and fingers that glide smoothly over the piano’s chords. Therefore, an unrivalled sunset dessert awaits on this leap day menu!

This event starts at 18:00, and is open to anyone with a day ticket. The multilingual, multicultural weekend programme will showcase Afrikaans in all its beautiful forms, reminding speakers and non-speakers of the unique, welcoming spirit of this plucky language. In addition to the children’s playgrounds and outdoor games, some energetic child minders will keep the young ones out of harm’s way with a puppet show, face painting and more.

Day tickets cost R80 for adults and R40 for children under 13 – this includes all activities and performances from 10am. It is available for purchase at the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain, at the Taalmuseum in Paarl (021 872 3441/863 0543) and online via Computicket (www.computicket.co.za). Unfortunately, no own food or drinks are allowed. For details on the 2020 festival programme, see www.taalmuseum.co.za/festival-programme-1975-2020/. More on Lungi at facebook.com/lungelo.motaung.9 and on Ramon at ramon-alexander.com.


There is also a 5km fun walk (at 08:00, R30 for adults and R10 for children under 13) on Saturday in aid of the Taalmonument’s literacy project. Saturday’s festival day also follows on Friday night’s, the 28th, rock-tronic music of Akkedis Band – Afrikaans rock with a strong blend of African, reggae and blues influences – as well as Die Heuwels Fantasties’ futuristic electronics intertwined with subtle guitar elements and intelligent lyrics. Beverages and food stalls available; remember warm clothes and blankets.


The Taalmonument manages, among other things, a literacy project, ‘adopted’ a school in honour of Nelson Mandela and sponsors free transport to the monument. By simply attending the festival events, guests support the outreach programmes, so a big ‘Baie dankie!’ in advance. Guests are also encouraged to donate a new or second hand children’s book to the Visitor Centre in support of the ‘Let’s Read!’ project.


For more information on all the other events, apart from the 2020 celebrations, at the Taalmonument, call 021 863 0543/4809, visit www.taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.


February 29, 2020
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
R40 – R80
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Afrikaans Language Monument, Paarl