Each year when we gear up for season, especially in the Western Cape, there are always peak months that dictate the eventing landscape.
One of those months has always been March, and despite the Corona virus orbiting our planet, we have managed to keep it at bay long enough to stay on track with at least some of the events this month. We can’t say what will happen from April, as the worldwide trend is to cancel all public gatherings in the near future. We have no choice but to wait and see.
Luckily for us April is a slow month when it comes to events, as it’s the month that sees the start of the winter season, with most of the important events behind us.
Here are the events that made it and ones that have been cancelled:
A family day out with a local line up that kept the crowds jumping. As well as all the KFM personalities to keep the vibe going throughout the day at Meerendal Estate in Stellenbosch. Chattels were behind the scene where we built all the Artists Green Rooms, Ticketing, Production and Entrance Marquees.
The Cycle Tour is the darling of the cycle circuit in Cape Town. Thousands of cyclists entered the race to cycle around our beautiful peninsula. In true Cape Town spirit, all spectators were out in full force to cheer and support the cyclist, despite a couple of down pours along the Atlantic seaboard to finish off the day. We built the media marquee at the start line as well as the finish village with all the club and corporate hospitality and entertainment marquees.
This weekend was supposed to be the start of the mammoth week-long mountain bike event around the Western Cape – The Cape Epic. at the 11th hours Cape Epic send out a statement that, unfortunately, due the coronavirus risk, the event has be cancelled. They worked closely with the health officials and disaster management, and despite the very low numbers of infection in the Western Cape, the amount of riders that were flying in for the event made it a high risk event.
We have been building up for this event over the past 2 weeks, so most of the built up is complete and ready for the event that was to take place between Ceres and Val De Vie, Paarl. Although we along with all the rides and 3,000-strong support crew that were gearing up for the event are sorely disappointed, safety is of paramount importance, and we are glad that this decision was taken, for the health and safety of everyone concerned..
Last event on the March calendar was the CT International Jazz Festival, which was going to take taking place at the CTICC and surrounds.
With 2 week to go, the organizers send out notification that due to the outbreak, the Jazz Festival will be postponed until further notice.
Stay safe, don’t shake hands and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.
Till next time!xx