NIROX – the musical arts
The NIROX residency and studios serve the musical arts – from composing to performance – in a wide variety of musical genres, fostering creative and technical exchange.
The NIROX amphitheater is a highly regarded performance venue, widely enjoyed by artists and audiences. It has hosted many leading performers and provided a platform for emerging talents.
Genres traverse classical, jazz, acoustic, traditional and new contemporary music.
- Sterkfontein Composers Meeting – a masterclass for both young and emerging composers as well as professionals
Concerts are produced and promoted throughout the year in collaboration with independant concert producers. These are open to the public with bookings through NuTICKETS. Concerts are carefully chosen to advance the arts and compliment the natural ambience.
Culinary and beverage offerings are organized individually. NIROX collaborates with selected market food suppliers to establish the Epicurian Emporium currently including gourmet foods from Tutto; Joburg Cullinary and Pastry School; Jozi Smokehouse; Argentinian Grill; Leafy Greens; Pappou’s Prego; Li Kitchen; Baha Taco, Soul Souvlaki; Sanza Vegetarian; Dario’s Duck Bar
A program of repeat concerts in different musical genres has evolved
A celebration of Love and the Blues, as the NIROX Foundation hosts a stellar line-up of acoustic musicians, gourmet food traders & restauranteurs, a full bar, and a selection of sumptuous desserts.
Featuring the artists:
- Blues maestro Dan Patlansky either side of his European excursions.
- Cape Town loop artist and harmonica player extraordinaire Dave Ferguson.
- Prodigal son of the South African blues scene Albert Frost.
- Country & folk heroine Laurie Levine.
- Lapsteel slide guitarist Richard Bruyns and his band The Saucetones.
- Bayou bluesmen Gunshot Blue and their grappa-infused melodies.
- NIROX Residency Artists The Urban Village featuring their afrocentric renditions of blues classics.
An outdoor film screening will follow this full day of Music, Food, Art & Nature.
Additionally, the debut of The Urban Village’s first music video ‘Inkani’ will be screened before the featured film.
A full day affair at NIROX Sculpture Park with its rolling lawns, meandering waterways and ever-changing sculpture collection, Valentine’s Blues is the ideal setting for friends, families and lovers to enjoy a glorious array of sensory feasts in the Cradle of Humankind.
Tickets and information are available from www.niroxarts.com and www.acousticsnow.org
Online: R330 per person; R360 at the gate – subject to availability.
Children under 12 pay half-price.
Infants aged 2 and under enter free-of-charge.
No food, drinks or pets allowed into the event.
GPS: S25°59′ 09.56” E27°46′ 59.17″
Gates open at 10am with music from 11am. There is ample secure parking inside the venue and concert goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the full day of music and to tour the Sculpture Park.
CALEO Wealth Management is the anchor sponsor for the NIROX Foundation’s on-going concert programme.
MINI is an official partner to the Valentine’s Blues concert.
Within the sculpture park a lawn amphitheater seating 1000 pax overlooks a two tier lawn stage across a rippling brook.
The Cradle of Humankind is a Cycling mecca. NIROX is joint host of the African Cycle Fair 2014.
The Khatlhampi Private Reserve and adjoining properties have more than 60 kilometers of excellent mountain bike, trail-running and walking trails. From time to time these are open to private groups for rides pre-arranged through NIROX.
NIROX has been the host for the Mastercard Winter Sculpture Fair for the past two years.
The Pavilion at NIROX facilitates pop-up restaurants for visiting chefs.