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Inside Littlegig: The world’s only all-inclusive 24-hour festival

Inside Littlegig: The world’s only all-inclusive 24-hour festival

Littlegig, the world’s only all-inclusive 24-hour festival, returns to Wiesenhof Farm in Cape Town for the second time, from 28-29 January 2017, with a progressive line-up of highly coveted experiences spanning international music, food tastings, fashion, fine art and design.

The art and design elements running throughout Littlegig have been included not for design’s sake alone, but have been carefully chosen to enhance the overall experience. The Gin Bar installation, designed by leading local designer Porky Hefer for the first Littlegig festival, will yet again be a festival highlight. As will the elegant pair of giant floating swans that was created by architect and artist duo, Sean and Justine Mahoney, and installed in the waters of the on-site lake.

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This year, the swans will be kept company by a giant iceberg that lights up at night. Its creator, Rowan Smith, is represented by Whatiftheworld Gallery and has been hailed as one of the country’s brightest young talents by Art Africa. Rowan has exhibited internationally and his work is held in major art collections.

Contemporary furniture designer, Xandre Kriel, who is represented by the Guild Gallery, has designed a series of ‘trading posts’ from which invited chefs will serve their tasting dishes at Saturday’s Chef-and-Farmer Tasting, which features one international ‘wonder’ chef and three local stars. Xandre’s contemporary spin is a far cry from the food vendor stalls made from pallets that you’ll see in markets. For Littlegig, Xandre has developed a sleek, stackable set of galvanised steel bars that have been powder-coated in different colours. A fitting setting for chef-led dishes.

Acclaimed local artist, Atang Tshikare, will do a live six-metre painting installation in his signature graphic-style on the Basketball Court Night Dance Floor, which will be raised on scaffolding behind electronic headliner Seth Schwarz. The artist, who hails from Germany, will perform a three-hour live DJ and violin set.

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In addition, Littlegig has used leading stylists to conceptualise ideas for the different areas that the festival spans. Tasha Tyler returns to the Food Forest and will also execute a Congolese Jungle feel at the Tropical Bass Bar on the island, Ilana Swanepoel will transform the Hair and Make-Up Champagne Salon into a forest boudoir, Lucia Brain will design the seating pods tucked away in the forest as well as the secret after-party experience, and stylists Michael Cooper and Gavin Mikey Collins will do a ‘takeover’ of the concept store, hosting a Saturday night satellite event of their much-loved underground LGBT ‘Diskotekah’ parties.

And then, there’s the unique way in which all of this will be communicated to festivalgoers.

“Signage at a festival presents a conundrum,” says Littlegig founder, Georgia Black, because “one wants guests to wander freely without being ‘messaged’, but at the same time, guests don’t want to miss out on the festival’s highlights. To solve this, we have worked with design team, Hoick, who will be designing a series of oversized sculptures to be worn by a small crew of actors.”

So, a giant nose will parade around the festival carrying a sign to notify guests that the Chef-and-Farmer Tasting is happening, an outdoor ear will announce a headline act, and an eye will announce the opening of the festival fashion concept store.

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Finally, yet another of the art and design highlights for Littlegig 2017 is the DJ Art Car. A Land Rover Defender has been converted into a mobile stage for headline act, Culoe de Song’s sunset set on the island. The car will then move to a secret location for the after-party, which starts on Sunday at 01h00. Guests who are still up for it will walk for five minutes to a different venue hidden within the forest.

It’s all in keeping with Littlegig’s design philosophy of functional art that enhances the festival experience.

On the video front Littlegig has collaborated with Cape Town director Peter Verster Cohen (The Dakar Express and Ghana Be Love) who perfectly set Littlegig’s tone with this video. 

Verster Cohen will be doing post-event video content with a difference, so keep an eye on our site for more.

Photographer Shanna Jones shares Verster Cohen’s sophisticated style, and has created a series of portraits of key Littlegig collaborators, such as Atang and Xandre (above), and winemaker Miles Mossop and the Littlegig lifeguards below.

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In addition to being a regular contributing photo-journalist to publications such Conde Nast Traveller UK and Yatzer, Shanna is a renowned wedding photographer who has captured hundreds of weddings around the world and is based in Europe from May to October.

Event info

Event: Littlegig 24h Festival 2017

Date: 28-29 January 2017

Venue: Wiesenhof farm, Stellenbosch

Ticket price (includes all food, drinks and accommodation): R2 500 for a camping ticket, from R3 150 to R4 500 for a glamping ticket and R1 950 for a daytrip ticket (accommodation not included). No under-21s allowed.

Book: Via Quicket www.quicket.co.za

Website: www.littlegig.co.za

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