Natural Goods Market, Art on The Island on Sunday 27 October

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Date 05 April 2017
Author Liesel



The next Century City Natural Goods Market will take place on Central Park on Sunday 27 October and is being expanded to include an art element on Intaka Island.


Art On The Island will kick off at this month’s market with a studio showcase of sculptures and drawings by Stefan Carstens, San stories told by Angola-born, !Xun-speaking Donika Dala (translated by her son Andre), and various craft artists and studios. Visitors can expect a different artist's studio showcase each month, interactive cultural events such as storytelling sessions or portrait photo studios, and a variety of high-end craft artists too. It’s all part of our drive to create an exciting space for shoppers, crafters, marketers, artists and musicians. See more details at the end of this article


The exuberant band, Time Flies (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Time-Flies) are back and will be playing their Afro-country-skunk-funk tunes live.


As always, there’s entertainment for children too with ‘The Incredible Dog Show’ by Dogzcool (www.dogzcool.com). They promise a show with super amazing, talented, happy, energetic dogs that adore performing for audiences. The Incredible Dog Show is highly entertaining, very informative, educational, inspirational, and filled with energy, passion, laughter and fun.


There will also be free train rides throughout the day until 13h00 and a jumping castle.


Come celebrate the bright side of life with a glass of organic bubbly while browsing around the great selection of quality products and delicious food, kept cool and safe under Bedouin stretch tents.


As always, there are healthy gourmet meals, wraps, curries, salads, samoosas, smoked fish, biltong, pies, vegetarian, cheeses, beer, champagne, wine, specialty coffees, tea, cakes, cookies, preserves, olives, freshly baked farm breads, confectionary, jams, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies – we’ve got it all!  Not to mention doggie treats for our canine visitors.


If you are looking for original gifts, there will be stalls selling crafts and clothing at reasonable prices, or you can spoil yourself with fabulous natural body care products and jewelry.


The on-site clubhouse has seating facilities, and offers coffee, tea and a bar. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips from Intaka Island to Canal Walk.


For the mutt lovers, African Tails will be hosting an adoption day with the cutest brakkies and puppies. Their stunning calendar is also on sale, and makes a wonderful gift.



Art On The Island


  • Stefan Carstens holds a National Fine Arts Diploma from the Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg (2000). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town (False Profit in 2003 and My Best Shot in 2012), Galerie M, Rue Saint Jacques, Paris (2005), the French Institute, Johannesburg (1996) and in a group exhibition at the Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery in Johannesburg (2000). In 2003 Reaper, which will be on show on Intaka Island, was selected for the Sasol competition exhibition in Pretoria.


From Balkenol-esque wood figurines to sculptures that incorporate agricultural tools or even graphic novel storyboards, Stefan says about his work: "I love labour, the act of making, of physically constructing and assembling and seeing work develop. From building habitable structures to manufacturing mass-produced objects (my first job was working for my parents who were commercial potters producing ceramic objets d’art for hotels and the like) and working on unique, personal pieces, there are, for me, few greater pleasures." Without fail Carstens pieces manage to simultaneously reverberate an almost cartoonesque humor whilst dealing with life's discomforts like fatigue and pain, boredom, discontentment and want. "Labour is after all the curse for original sin".


  • Donika Dala hails from a San community in Angola, one of many that landed in Platfontein in the Kimberly district after the SWAPO border war. She currently resides at !Khwa ttu San Culture and Educational Centre, where she passes on her !Xun mother-tongue to her son Andre Chris Antonio.  A multi-talented artist in his own right, Andre may surprise visitors with bebop dancing or a home-brew rap song in !Xun. With Century City's original wetland as the setting, the place where undoubtedly San hunter-gatherers roamed centuries ago, Donika and Andre will be telling stories of birds and other animals, in a way only San people can. Times: 10h00, 12h00, and 13h00.


For the last Sunday of every month in season, visitors to Intaka Island may expect a different artist's studio showcase each month, interactive cultural events such as storytelling sessions or portrait photo studios, and a variety of high-end craft artists too.


For further details go to www.centurycity.co.za. For details on Art On The Island contact Mirjam Asmal, Century City Arts Foundation Project Manager, mirjam@centurycity.co.za.



Summer 2012/2013 market dates: 


Sunday 27 October 2013

Sunday 24 November 2013


**Market will be closed on last Sunday in December


Sunday 26 January 2014

Sunday 23 February 2014

Sunday 30 March 2014

Sunday 27 April 2014

Trading Hours: 09h00 - 14h00


Location: Central Park, Park Lane in Century City (follow Intaka Island signs)

There is ample and secure parking.


Directions: If you are coming from Cape Town along the N1, take the Sable road turn off, at the top of the off ramp turn left.  Follow the road around the bend into Ratanga Rd. Follow Ratanga Road and at the third set of robots, turn right into Century Boulevard. Go over one speed bump, and you will come to a circle, go around the circle, and exit it right (3 o'clock) into Century Way (follow Intaka Island signs). Once in Century Way take your first left into Park Lane.  You will see the Clubhouse on your right.


Contact & Enquiries:

Email: naturalgoodsmarket@gmail.com

Tel/Fax: 021 531 2173