Carnival of friends heads for Stellenbosch

Bronwyn Obery and Lebohang Litsili

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers will be rolling into Stellenbosch with their set-up that includes food trucks and bars, to a double decker bus-come-restaurant, barber shop, fun rides and animal-free circus in a big top tent.

They will be at the Van der Stel Sports Club, Wednesdays to Sundays, from August 5 to 27.

Designed and produced by Richard Griffin and the talented team that brought South Africa Madame Zingara, this dynamic and inclusive concept showcases a unique theatrical, food and outdoor experience for people of all ages.

These industry stalwarts and vintage carnival producers have brought quirky Bohemian circus life to the fore by incorporating the visual wonderment of the performing arts, live music, vinyl vibes and a winter garden of delights, all in one festive space.

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers carnival experience has something for everyone.

The food on offer, including vegetarian and halaal options, is incredible with Khumalo’s Meat House and Tavern braai experience, the gourmet gypsy menu on the double decker Bohemian Bus, the Fish Shack And Café and trucks selling delicious cuisine.

With several late night bars like the cool Barber Shop mirror tent, this eclectic carnival is guaranteed to further enhance one of Cape Town’s most popular destination towns.

For children, there is The Story of the Moon, a charming tale about the moon and her quest to be happy like the circus folk she sees below.

Presented in a traditional imported Italian big top, it is a delight for the smallest of children to teens, parents, guardians and all who experience it.

The show, directed by Marc Colli and Christine Chapman, and conceptualised by Richard Griffin, is MC’d by Lilian Khumalo as Mama Circus, alongside singer Carmen Maarman.

The star cast of performers hail from South Africa and abroad, showcasing acrobatics, drumming, Argentinian boladeros, contortion, slapstick comedy and a mesmerising quick change act.

Entry costs R30, and the grounds open from 2pm from Wednesdays to Fridays, and from 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Student night is on Wednesdays with two for one specials on presentation of a student card. Between 4pm and 6pm there is R10 beer and wine.

The Story of the Moon is presented on Thursdays at 4pm, Fridays at 3pm and 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm, 3pm and 7pm.

Tickets cost from R120 for children to R160 for adults, available at www.thegrifizzibrothers.com, and via 071 400 2250.

Costs for additional activities are R20 to R60 for the big carnival rides, R40 for bungee trampoline (only children aged three to 12) per five minutes, and R30 each for face painting.

On Wednesday August 9, there will be a special two-for-one ticket offer for woment to see either show that day, at 4pm or 7pm.

For more information, group bookings and special package and party deals for The Story of the Moon show, call 071 400 2250 and book at www.thegrifizzibrothers.com