About BAM! #BAM : Barrydale Art Meander Open Art's Studio Safari and Events Happenings

BAM! is Barrydale's annual art's festival. What's on offer is a 4 day Open Art Studio's safari with two pillar events, drawing in hundreds of visitors, to what is otherwise a slow paced, rural farm village on the edge of the Klein Karoo. Arising from the collaboration of participants which include the MagpieArtCollective, Net Vir Pret : a youth development organisation, Handspring Puppet Trust, Ukwanda Puppet Collective, LOKO : Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (a project of UWC's Centre for Humanities Research Department), local artists and many others. MagpieArtCollective pioneered the concept of BAM! Barrydale Art Meander and the Open Art Studio's experience in response to visitors coming for Magpie's Annual Christmas Installation and the Net Vir Pret Parade. Magpie still co-ordinates BAM! and continues to produce and host the annual Christmas Installation for the village, whilst Net Vir Pret independantly funds and runs the Parade. Together the collaboration produces BAM! a dynamic arts happening!

BAM! BAM2019 Barrydale Art Meander profiled members will participate in this years Open Art Studio's from Friday 13th December through to Monday 16th December 2019 (Reconciliation Day). The BAM! Open Art Studios start at 10am through to 4pm, daily throughout the BAM! Visitors are encouraged to collect BAM! maps at the MagpieArtCollective Gallery in Van Riebeeck Street. (maps are available on donation). The maps pinpoint participating artists profiles and locations. A Friday the 13th Welcoming Venue - The Makers Brew on the Route62 serves as a gathering space for visitors, locals and BAMSters. A Christmas Food and Crafters Gift Fair will take place on the lawns of the Magpie Municipal Sculpture Park in Laing Street from 5pm. The Fair will merge into a late afternon, sunset picnic around the MagpierCollective Christmas Installation. The Christmas Installations Lighting Ceremony is scheduled shortly after 8pm. Bring your picnic gear ! The other exciting pillar event is Net Vir Pret's Parade and Show production. This years show is entitled "The Final Spring" a post-apocalyptic imaginatory story and is the undertoned theme of this years BAM! From 6pm on Sunday the 15th December, crowds will gather outside the Magpie gallery and parade with hundreds of children from the Net Vir Pret Holiday Programme to the BF Oosthuizen School where "The Last Season" will be performed. A simultaneous Parade also gathers outside Net Vir Prets Community Centre in Renonkel Str, Smitsville, also making it's way to the School. At the School, both of the villages Parades join up and flow together onto the School grounds, Net Ball Court, where, onlookers from a stepped ridge can see this years exciting performance. The Show is free, runs for approximately an hour, and attracts local and visitors from far and wide. Side events and happenings will be posted on this site as soon as activities are confirmed. Watch this space for updates! Click on these images : In addition to local activities for the 13 - 16 December event in the dorp, BAM! has also taken the lead in co-ordinating Open Art Studios in Suurbraak, Montagu and Swellendam. For this year, all four Art Meanders will be open for Open Art Studios. Please visit the links in the menu bar above. For more information, please email us via the contact template messenger.


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