The highly anticipated fifth edition of the annual Spier Light Art festival is back until 10 April 2023. Enter an evocative nighttime adventure scattered across the historical wine farm daily, with good food and great wine on offer too.
Created by talented artists and designers from South Africa and beyond, the nocturnal collection features experimental light, sound and video to create an experiential display of evocative artworks.
It’s free to the public, and all pieces are outside, so the best time to visit is at dusk when you can catch both the sunset and the switching on of the lights.
Since its inception in 2018, artists have explored a range of subjects in intricate ways. Lately, the pandemic and other unknowns have led to works that are more introspective and abstract.
This year, these challenges have not disappeared, with Eskom and loadshedding providing brutal irony to curating a project about light and adding to the challenges and reflections of what it takes to live in a contemporary South Africa.
Exploring a selection of five themes, Spier Light Art delves into the ethereal and the whimsical; the conceptual; humanity’s changing relationship with technology; resilience in the face of adversity; enchantment and exuberance; and Spier’s unique history.
- Orpheus – Georgia Munnik (and Thingking)
- Rendering – Claire Manicom and Graham Webber
- Rainforest Machine prototype 2 – Adelle Van Zyl
- Baqa – Thania Petersen
- Zizi – Serai Dowling and Ralph Borland
Take a look at last year’s highlights
Add a treat
You can pre-book a sunset picnic (collect your basket from 6pm to 8pm) here.
Additionally, the Spier Farm Cafe and Bubbles & Braai Bar is open daily until 9pm where you can venture in for a pre- or post-art drink and snack.
The famous tasting deck is open daily until 6pm with extended hours between Thursday to Saturday until 7pm (last tasting starts one hour before closing).
If you’re heading out between Wednesday and Saturday, Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery is open until 9pm.
- Date: Saturday, 11 March to Monday, 10 April 2023
- Location: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
- Time: 6.30pm to 9pm
- Cost: Free entry
Picture: Spier Wine Farm / Facebook