Summer season entertainment to begin at Cape’s only forest amphitheatre


Paul Cluver amphitheatre, courtesy of Hope@PaulCluver
Paul Cluver amphitheatre, courtesy of Hope@PaulCluver

A natural amphitheatre of Eucalyptus trees sets the scene for an extraordinary outdoor experience on the centuries-old Paul Cluver farm in Elgin – just 45 mins from Cape Town.

Comfortably seating up to 600 people, the theatre uses state-of-the-art sound and lighting to create an intimate experience for the audience that few outdoor venues can parallel. The entire amphitheatre is a ‘golden circle’ ticket and all the events are selected to match the acoustic potential of the space.

After hosting top international and local performers for over a decade; last year the Cluver family partnered with Thembalitsha, an established and reputable NPO working to restore hope to some of the most disadvantaged and desperate members of our society. The profits of each year’s concert season now go to the organisation. Appletiser has also pledged their support in the form of a sponsorship and the Department of Arts and Culture have also come to the party and awarded the initiative a grant.

Last summer’s season succeeded in generating a lot of publicity for Thembalitsha’s cause as well as over R300,000 in much needed funds. It attracted some interest from BUSINESS ARTS SOUTH AFRICA too, who short-listed the initiative as a FINALIST for a 2014 BASA award.

This summer’s programme opens on Saturday November 8th, which coincides with Elgin Open Gardens and the new Elgin Valley Fair.

The line-up for 2014/2015 includes another fantastic array of artists, such as The Parlotones, Elvis Blue, Matthew Mole and Heinz Winckler as well as Watershed and retro favourites McCully Workshop.

The programme also boasts comedy from stand-up, Barry Hilton as well as three special festivals:

HOPE MUSIC FESTIVAL on 29th November 2014 – To mark World AIDS Day (1st December), a family-friendly music festival with fun and games for all ages featuring Jesse Clegg, Michael Lowman and AKING. It will also showcase Elgin Valley Wines and cocktails will be on sale by Tipsy Gypsy.

HIDDEN YEARS FESTIVAL Remembers Ben Segal on 7th March 2015 – This festival will celebrate the life and music of some of South Africa’s foremost protest singers, folk musicians and singer/songwriters and the two men, David Marks and the late Ben Segal who had the foresight to record their music. Featuring Lesley Rae Dowling, Anton Goosen, Roger Lucey and many more.

KIDS THEATRE FESTIVAL on 28th March 2015 – Roald Dahl’s popular children’s classic FANTASTIC MR FOX returns as well as two other plays the hilarious GET KRAKEN and MEMORY which will be interspersed with interactive ‘Whose line is it anyway’ style improvisation fun. There will also be other crafty activities to keep little hands amused.

[Full programme and dates are at the end of this document]

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics to all events. No own alcohol is allowed but Paul Cluver wines will be on sale as well as craft beers and a small selection of gourmet food vendors.

Says Emily House, Hope@PaulCluver Events Manager for Thembalitsha:

‘We are ecstatic about how successful our first season was and the benefit it brought to Thembalitsha. We are also thrilled about the artists we have lined up for the summer programme and plan to use last year’s success as a spring-board to attract further interest from both artists, the public and sponsors.

We are extremely proud to have the continued support from Paul Cluver Wines and fellow sponsor, Appletiser, both of whom recognise the benefits of investing in organisations that address local needs as well as realising how their long-term partnership enables the sustainability of a project such as this. Their support of Thembalitsha via Hope@PaulCluver enables us to maximise their investment for the good of the needy in our community.’


The Elgin Valley is an area of extreme need. 40% of households live below the poverty line (less than R2000 a month).  With a massive migrant population, due to the seasonal nature of farm employment, the valley struggles to cope with the social and medical issues that arise from the poverty and the large-scale informal settlements that have rapidly developed.

Thembalitsha’s mission is to provide hope by developing disadvantaged people of the Western Cape to a point of self-reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training. They invest in communities throughout the Western Cape and currently manage 6 projects, 2 of which operate within the Elgin Valley and respond specifically to the essential needs of the area:

  • VILLAGE OF HOPE is a 12 bed residential facility caring for children infected and affected by HIV, AIDS and TB. They also deliver a sports-based life skills programme to over 500 children in the community each week.
  •  THEMBACARE GRABOUW is a registered hospice that provides palliative care to terminally ill patients through inpatient and home-based care.

Until recently the area had a known HIV infection rate of 35% but thanks to the hard work of Thembalitsha and other organisations working in the community this rate has been greatly reduced.

The Paul Cluver Estate is family owned and family run and is also based in the Elgin Valley. The family have owned the property since 1896 and are recognised as pioneers of wine in the area. They focus on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir and have earned them numerous awards locally and internationally.

Says Paul Cluver IV, Managing Director of Paul Cluver Wines:

‘Paul Cluver Wines is proud to dedicate the amphitheatre not only to arts but also to the support and development of the community by supporting Thembalitsha.  We are honoured to be able to partner with such amazing people who give so selflessly to make a difference in the Elgin community.’

Says Frank Christie, Founder of Thembalitsha:

‘I am so excited about Hope@PaulCluver.  I see this collaboration as an opportunity to inspire others to maximise their areas of influence in order to make a difference in our community.’

Says Francois Rozen, Managing Director of Appletiser:

‘We are pleased to be a supporter of this second season of Hope concerts at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in our beautiful Elgin valley. We would all like to do more for those in need around us, whether in our personal or professional capacity. Thembalitsha does much good here in Elgin and also more broadly in the Western Cape. Through their efforts, we hope to be able to create special moments for the many that attend the concert series and for those who will benefit from the funds raised. Enjoy the music, the extra-ordinary setting, the finest drinks in the land and do find out about the children who have lived, live and will live at the Village of Hope.’

Booking is now open via Computicket:

Tickets range from R100 – R300 (depending on the performance)


FOLLOW THE EVENTS ON FACEBOOK TWITTER                                           

@thembalitsha   #HopeIsHere PAUL CLUVER: | 021 844 0605
ELGIN VALLEY | 021 848 9838 for local accommodation bookings
GAFFLEY’S:  021 859 2561 for group transport solutions

FULL PROGRAMME (full details available on

08-Nov 18h00 19h30 Matthew Mole, Heinz Winckler, Tailor
29-Nov 14h30 Hope Festival –
Jesse Clegg, aKing, Michael Lowman, Mr Cat & The Jackal, The Nomadic Orchestra, Emma van Heyningen – Fun activities for all the family. Elgin Wine showcase and Tipsy Gypsy Cocktails
06-Dec 18h00 19h30 McCully Workshop
03-Jan 18h00 19h30 Barry Hilton
10-Jan 18h00 19h30 The Parlotones
17-Jan 18h00 19h30 Watershed
07-Feb 18h00 19h30 Elvis Blue
14-Feb 18h00 19h30 Valentines Movies: TOP GUN
07-Mar 14h00 14h30 Hidden Years Music Festival –
Lesley Rae Dowling, Anton Goosen, Roger Lucey and many more.
28-Mar 12h00 13h00 Kids Arts Festival –
Fantastic Mr Fox, Get Kraken, Memory and interactive ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ style improvisation
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