The fourteenth annual Lantern Festival will take place on the 7th of September 2014. The festival consists of a parade through Clanwilliam town, in which over 700 children carry lanterns and giant sculptures of animals which they themselves have made, using reed covered in paper, with candles inside. The effect is quite spectacular.
Following the parade, the children, assisted by volunteers from UCT’s Magna Theatre, deliver their rendition of an ancient /Xam story, using drama, dance, shadow puppets and fire.
Rock art was made by the /Xam and Khoi. The /Xam hunter-gatherers lived in the area for over 500 000 years and began painting on rock walls of shelters about 5 000 years ago. The Khoi herders moved into the area between 2 000 and 1 500 years ago. The practice of rock painting stopped about 200 years ago when European Colonists who moved into the area, started farming and settled, disrupting the economies of these people.
The paintings were inspired by their religion and were made by the medicine-man or shaman who used supernatural powers, or by designed scribes appointed to document events in the life of the people. All rock art is protected by the Heritage Resources Act and it is an offence to damage or remove them. You should never touch rock art or put any substance on them. These actions gradually destroy the paint. Behave as you would in a place of worship.
To view rock art visit the Living Landscape Project in Clanwilliam or the Sevilla Trail on the R364 east of Clanwilliam.
The Living Landscape Project is a community-based initiative which aims to create employment for local people (as guides and crafters) whilst teaching schools and the public at large About Time.
The Clanwilliam landscape is full of fossils, artifacts, natural features and ruined structures that all tell the story of the passing of time – and to tell this story, the old school hall in Park Street has been transformed into a Time Machine, taking us all the way back through history, to the lives of the local pre-colonial hunter gatherers or /Xam. These hunters and gatherers have much to teach us about custodianship, sustainability and our place in the biological web of life.
The Time Machine is surrounded by a Time Garden, which houses plants used by /Xam people as food, as medicinal aids and as artifacts, and is used to illustrate the seasonal component of time (The /Xam used to measure time by the flowering of members of the Iridaceae family, so the garden includes a range of species to illustrate this).
The Cederberg district is aptly named the rooibos capital of the world. The aromatic and healthy tea is globally renowned, and almost all of it is grown in Clanwilliam. Do you want an unique rooibos tea experience?
Then you must visit the RooibosTeahouse atNetMar, Clanwilliam.
Within the 5 Clan’s of Rooibos you have more than 100 flavoured/blended rooibosteas. From natural, herbal, fruity and sweet to spicy – a variety you can’t afford to pass by. Do a tea tasting or order any of these from the menu and don’t miss out on the lovely rooibosbaking.
We also stock rooibos related gifts.
Come & experience the warm rooibos hospitality at NetMar for yourself.