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Rabbit Dandelion by Carol Cauldwell is one of several different artworks that will be on display in Franschhoek this month.
Rabbit Dandelion by Carol Cauldwell is one of several different artworks that will be on display in Franschhoek this month.

The month of October presented the perfect opportunity for art and nature lovers to explore what’s on offer in Franschhoek, with Art Franschhoek and the Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival.

The quaint town and valley is home to 19 galleries and the demand for fine art is no longer merely aspirational. From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 October visitors will be treated to a weekend of art appreciation as galleries open their doors for this year’s Art & Wine In Franschhoek event.

The weekend is dedicated to showcasing some of Franschhoek spectacular works of arts and exhibitions as well as highlighting the diversity of the galleries in and around Franschhoek, offering both the connoisseur as well as the amateur exquisite artworks to view in a non-sterile space. Galleries will partner up with a wine farm, restaurant and accommodation establishment to allow for a more diverse cultural offering.

Art enthusiasts can choose to leisurely browse the galleries on the main road or browse artwork on display at some of the wine farms, which include The Gallery at Grande Provence and La Motte Museum.

Then, enjoy Franschhoek in full bloom as the valley’s gardens are opened to the public for the annual open gardens festival from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October. Participating gardens range from small village gardens to beautiful large farm gardens, with a total of 10 on show.

Tickets cost R200 per person to view all of the gardens on show and are valid for the entire weekend. Buy yours from La Motte Wine Estate or the Dutch Reformed church hall in Franschhoek.

. For more information on these events, visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

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