The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument offers the most spectacular views of Paarl and its picture-perfect landscapes. Their November calendar allows visitors to experience the splendour of this architectural masterpiece under the star-lit African skies and a magnificent full moon.
6 November 2021 l Gates open at 17:00.
A heavenly treasure hunt awaits at Taalmonument. The first Stargazing Picnic focuses on a bright planet
Locals and visitors will get to know the glittering night sky – specifically Saturn – better during the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s first summer picnic on Paarl Mountain on Saturday, 6 November 2021. It promises to once again be a festive evening in the beautiful setting; in addition, a spectacular sunset and visit to the iconic sculpture is included, and the event is in aid of a good cause.
Visitors can explore the starry skies with the help of Orion Observation Group (OOG) members whose members like to share their knowledge and telescopes for free. The focus is on Saturn, the second-largest planet in the galaxy that boasts the most natural satellites thanks to its 82 moons, and whose brightness easily competes with that of many stars.
Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic and drinks (no glass). Safe parking is available, and entry is controlled. Please remember binoculars, warm clothing, and masks.
The event starts at 18:00 where-after visitors can stare into the skies from 20:00 to 22:30. The entrance fee is R50 per adult and R10 per child; tickets are available at Computicket or the gate. Booking (021 863 0543/4809 or firstname.lastname@example.org) is essential to ensure sufficient telescopes.
Unfortunately, Stargazing Picnics will be cancelled if the weather doesn’t play along – call 073 853 3100 or 083 544 6510 for weather inquiries. Pre-bought tickets can be transferred or reimbursed.
Full Moon Picnic
19 November 2021 l Gates open at 17:00.
With the year fast approaching its end, it is the perfect time to catch your breath and take a closer look at the full moon on a glorious summer evening on the beautiful Paarlberg. That is why the friendly staff of the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument (ATM) cordially invite everyone to celebrate this natural phenomenon with them on Friday, 19 November 2021.
Visitors can have a picnic at any time between 17:00 and 22:00 and view the monument, a symbol-laden sculpture without equal. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the area and there are outdoor games and playgrounds for the children. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets. Also remember warm clothes and a flash, as well as a mask. See www.taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols.
Admission is R40 per adult, R10 for SA students and pensioners, and free for children under 18 as well as annual permit holders. Tickets are available at Computicket or the gate, and no reservations are required.
27 November 2021 l Gates open at 17:00.
The rich South African and indeed African jazz tradition is the soothing focus of the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM)’s solemn sunset picnic on Saturday, 27 November 2021, when famous jazz stars pay tribute to this international style of music that is in the continent and her people are rooted. Chadleigh Gowar’s orchestra with Zeke le Grange, saxophone sensation, and Jason Ward, master of percussion, promises to take the audience on a musical journey as the sun melts behind the iconic monument.
The rest of the talented and experienced group consists of Roderick McKay on piano, Lee Ludolph on guitar and Damian Kamineth on drums. The evening’s jazz repertoire also includes local, original and Afrikaans items, as well as dance music that will keep you up and running throughout the evening. Guests can view the monument in advance, ŉ symbol-laden sculpture without equal. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the area and temporary exhibits; there are outdoor games and playgrounds for the kids.
Admission is only R100 per adult and R80 for pensioners, students & children, and the show starts at 19:00. Tickets are available at Computicket and, if there are any left, at the gate on the day itself from 17:00.