Activities and events thin on the ground at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

It’s really sad that there are so few events and no guided tours at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, or if there are, they aren’t advertised.   Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town has a very active programme of guided walks but there aren’t any at Walter Sisulu.  Also the two upcoming concerts at Walter Sisulu indicate that they are trying to draw in a very different crowd.   As opposed to the previous light sing-along more conservative concerts which would appeal across generations and to families with kids, the two upcoming concerts appeal to a much younger demographic.  Seems that institutions are realizing that their future market lies with the younger generation. For on Mother’s day this year,  it was Goldfish who played, of all places, at that most conservative and exclusive sanctum of middle class sobriety: the Johannesburg Country Club.

The two upcoming concerts at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are Black Coffee billed for the 19th August 2-4pm  and on 9th September, Die Heuwels Fantasties (The Hills Fantastic in English), an Afrikaans electronic band from Bellville, Cape Town comprising Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Greeff, Johnny de Ridder and Phillip Erasmus.   For the specifically family orientated ‘golden-oldie’ concert there is the annual 702’s Mother’s Day Concert at the Zoo.

But harking back to the original 1985 702 Concert in the Park is the upcoming 702’s Solid Gold Concert in the Park which includes a variety of SA’s best known talent . It will feature the likes of  PJ Powers – who’ll be playing with Hotline for the occasion, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Steve Kekana, , Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Clint and Company, and Mango Groove. The playlist has been compiled by Solid Gold’s weekend.

You can book at Computicket for what promises to be a fabulous day of music and jolling in the park on 18th August from 11 am.

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