Cultivate Heritage Month Festival- Lungiswa Plaatjiess The dynamic Cultivate Heritage Month Festival presented by Cultivate will celebrate a diversity of natural history, arts and culture, music and wine.

This September will feature an impactful programme of heritage events, talks and live performances leading up to South Africa’s National Heritage Day on 24 September 2021. Presented by Cultivate at its newly opened marketplace in Salt River, Cape Town, the festival has currently started and will run until 30 September 2021.

The programme will highlight natural history, arts and culture, music, and wine through an exciting line-up of prominent historians, musicians, cultural figures and winemakers. The celebratory festival is entirely free to the public.

Wine, women and song

For live music, singer and composer Lungiswa Plaatjies (pictured above) will give a performance of African music played on indigenous instruments. On the visual arts front, expect to hear from the likes of provocative contemporary artist Athi-Patra Ruga and Anelisa Mangcu. Oenophiles will love the carefully chosen array of wine tastings and talks by the winemakers who form part of the Cultivate Collective. Among the many highlights is Spier’s organic winemaker Tania Kleintjies.

The curator of this thought-provoking festival is Zahira Asmal, director of The City ( and Cultivate. Asmal established the Cultivate Collective in 2020 and has initiated and developed numerous large-scale creative and cultural projects with global reach – always focused on the making of a young democracy.

There is no booking required for the Cultivate Heritage Month Festival events and admittance is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cultivate Heritage Month Festival programme

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

  • At 17h30 – Angus McIntosh, aka Farmer Angus, speaks on regenerative farming.
  • At 18h30-19h00 – Wine Tasting with Cultivate member Tania Kleintjies, the organic winemaker at Spier.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

  • At 17h30 – Lungiswa Plaatjies gives a live performance of African music played on indigenous instruments.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

  • At 12h00 – Pinotage Blending Experience with Cultivate members Natasha Boks and Merecia Smith.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

  • At 17h30 – African Bush Camps founder Beks Ndlovu will give a relaxed talk on natural heritage and exploring southern Africa.
  • At 18h30-19h00 – Sommelier Sessions with Cultivate friend Joseph Tongai Dhafana of Mosi Wines & Spirits and Cultivate member Lennox Nyengera of Ynguys Tours, who is the sommelier at Chefs Warehouse.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

  • At 17h30 – Athi-Patra Ruga and Anelisa Mangcu tell the story of the 200-year-old Lovedale Press.

Thursday, 30 September 2021

  • At 17h30 – HER|Story told by researcher and historian Tracey Randle.
  • At 18h30-19h00 – Cultivate member and winemaker Praisy Dlamini presents a tasting of HER wines.

What: Cultivate Heritage Month Festival

Where and when: Unit C3, Salt Orchard, 45 Yew St, Salt River, Cape Town until 30 September 2021

Entry: Free