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Celebrating Heritage Day, Arbour Month, Cool as Folk 6 and the arrival of Spring!

Cool_As_Folk_4_366x322It’s the beginning of Spring and Cape Town will soon start buzzing with events. It’s also Arbour month as well as the month where South Africans celebrate Heritage Day, so there is lots of excitement in the air.

Arbour Day– This year marks 30 years since South Africa started celebrating Arbour Day – a holiday where people are encouraged to plant and care for trees (how awesome!). It originated in Nebraska, USA, on 10 April, 1872 and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.

Heritage Day– the 24th September sees South Africans celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of our beautiful rainbow nation – a time to cherish our ROOTS!

– naturally, the time of year to celebrate and bloom.

Put this all together and you get a pretty exciting month! Greenpop is celebrating by planting trees all month long (gift a tree HERE) and hosting the 6th Cool as Folk party at The Side Show, in Cape Town on Monday 23rd September, ringing in Heritage Day and celebrating our ROOTS by partying for TREES!

Having hosted the second TREEmendously successful Trees for Zambia Action Event in July, Greenpop is ready to bring the party back to Cape Town and welcome the arrival of Spring.

Like the previous Greenpop Cool as Folk parties, all proceeds from ticket sales will go towards developing future Greenpop projects to plant trees and spread eco education and inspiration. Headlined by South Africa’s number-1 solo act, Jeremy Loops, the event is open to those who not only appreciate great music but also have either caught the Greenpop bug or are willing to expose themselves to some tree loving.

Watch a video from Greenpop’s 4th Cool as Folk party here:


Date and time:
Monday 23 September (before the public holiday) from 7pm
(Film screening and Greenpop talk from 7pm and party from 8pm)

The Side Show, 11 Mechau Street, Cape Town

Pre-sold on Webtickets –
Webtickets options:
R60: Cool as Folk regular ticket
R160: Green ticket (Ticket + a Tree that Greenpop will plant on your behalf)
R70: Ticket + Raffle ticket to enter a draw where you could win a full Levi’s Commuter outfit (all proceeds go towards donating a BEN bike to a budding young cyclist)
R110: Ticket + Bottle of Stellar Organic Wine at the door (yum!)
R80: regular ticket at the door

Her.i.tage (show us your ROOTS!)

Option: Create a ROOTS TEAM of 8 people and get 1 free ticket plus stand a chance to win a bottle of Jägermeister. Register a ROOTS TEAM here: and be ready for some dress up!
Cycle or Skate to the party:
Get on your bike and ride to the party… and win! Check out our facebook event for details on the route and competitions coming soon –
Greenpop will be giving away tickets and great prizes running up to the event. Keep your eyes on these platforms:
Twitter: @GreenpopSA
Instagram: @GreenpopSA

Tweet to us with #CoolasFolk on the night to win a Cool as Folk Hamper.

Legendary Musical Lineup
TouchWood, Jeremy Loops, Black Light Panda, Pat McCay, Early Hours, Sylvestre Kabassidi, Maramza, Toby 2 Shoes, Jews for Techno, Eppelsauce, Lieutenant Fizzer, RhythmHead, BobzYourUncle, DJ Pure, KIMON and our host for the night, Brendan Murray!
…and a few other surprises!!

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Heritage Day – 24th September

Braai Like a South African, Eat Like a King.

When you think about Heritage Day what comes to mind? You would be forgiven for feeling a little flustered in your explanation. Unsurprisingly, this South African public holiday comes with a little story.

Not originally intended to be a public holiday, King Shaka Day had been left off of the newly elected governments Public Holiday’s Bill, leaving an unpleasant taste in the mouths of South Africa’s largest tribe. The Zulus. With this omission the Inkata Freedom Party refused to sign the Bill as their most famous Zulu King Shaka was not being remembered with the respect he commanded. Without their signature on the bill it would fail and so after a period of negotiation Heritage Day was born. It represents not only the mighty King Shaka but also the celebration of the rich cultural heritage and diversity that makes South Africa such a vibrant nation.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela had this to say on Heritage Day 2007: “When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”.

“But what has this got to do with braais?” we hear you say?

Typically in South Africa, everything!

In 2005 and in the vein of celebrating shared culture rather than focusing on cultural divisions, an initiative by Braai4Heritage and Jan Braai called upon all South Africans to celebrate their common roots by having a braai (barbeque) on Heritage day. The idea blossomed and today there are more braais on this day than any other. This year Castle Lager are actually going to try break the current world record (see below).

Over time there have been some really high profile converts who enjoy the ongoing celebration but none more than one of South Africa’s favourite sons, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who in 2007 was made the National Spokesperson for “Braai Day.”

So why not chuck some charcoal and meat into your car, round up your family, friends and associates and have a braai to celebrate our rainbow nation?

To find out more about “Braai Day” visit

South Africa will be bustling with local festivals, events and braais so we recommend checking with your local press for events. We have listed a few of our favourites, so take a look if they are in your area.

Western Cape | Cape Town – Newlands Forrest

What better way to char those steaks than being surrounded by some of South Africa’s most Jurassic pine trees? Conveniently located on the southern side of Table Mountain you will have plenty of time to kick back while the kids run a-muck. If you really feel up to it why not bring the mountain bikes and work up an appetite on some of the amazing trails?

Entrance is R30 for up to six people and R10 per person thereafter. Mountain Biking is free. For more information contact Newlands Forrest on 021 422 1601/2.

Limpopo | Magoebaskloof Spring Festival

The Magoebaskloof Spring Fair in September is a laid-back affair. Visit a choice of local gardens on show, browse through craft markets, go picnicking or rambling in the forests, set sail on a sunset cruise. The markets are held in the village hall and nearby hotel and sell a range of crafts, textiles and furniture.

One of the highlights of the Spring Fair is the exhibition of orchids. These delicate and exquisite plants never fail to bring oohs and aahs from visitors. But let’s not forget the fair is not only about the flowers. The local vicinity includes: hiking, mountain climbing, outdoor sports, bands, pubs, dancing, walks and so much more. We recommend booking in advance as the local accommodation is usually sold out when the fair starts.

The event runs from the 21st – 29th September leaving Heritage Day slap bang in the middle of this fun filled extravaganza. You might be forgiven for not braaing as there really is something for everyone.

To download 2013 flyer for this event, click here.

Castle Lager Braai Nation – Braai World Record Attempt

Get yourself and your crew to a Castle Lager braai event on Heritage Day, 24 September 2013, and help them break the world record for the most people braaing at the same time. The event is being held in 6 cities across South Africa and includes live music, bars and facilities to bring your own food, braai equipment and soft drinks.

The events will take place in: Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. So why not be part of something huge and help a nation break a world record!

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