The Linden Market Christmas Edition – What to look forward to

Enjoy your Christmas shopping in the Botanical Gardens and SHOP LOCAL at TLM

 

Christmas… Sleigh bells ringing, snowflakes falling, nativity scenes, ice sculptures. Not quite! But at The Linden Market Christmas Edition we celebrate our summer Christmas, the sunshine and holiday season in a truly South African way!

TLM Christmas edition will delight with an array of original gift ideas and other novelties; quality local handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, stocking fillers, mouthwatering food and delicious drinks, to quench your summer thirst. Assorted items in the yellow dot sale range will have a 20% discount. You can also buy your discounted two-day pass, so why not skip the busy malls and bring the family to enjoy your Christmas shopping experience.

 

The Linden Market Christmas Edition Dates

 

The Linden Market will celebrate the season with Christmas Carols in the Garden during 12:00-14:00 every day on 30 November and 1 December at the home of TLM, The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia. Take a break from your shopping in the heat of the day and come and join in the festive sounds of Christmas Carols, situated in the shaded area by Date-a-Dog. There you can enjoy crisp, cold bubbly and gin as well as tasty delicacies, or relax at the mobile spa.

In the spirit of the festivities, there will be a cookie making workshop. Spend some quality time with the kids and make your own creative Christmas cookies to enjoy, or perhaps give away as personalised gifts.

The TLM Lineup promises to kick the holiday season off with a bang. You can look forward to the likes of Rubber Duc, Georgetown band, Jack and June and Brother Brother, all the way from Cape Town.

Benji & Moon, Date-a-Dog with CLAW will once again bring their gorgeous dogs to spend the day at TLM… take a homeless puppy for a walk through the gardens, to raise awareness around the “adopt don’t shop” mentality, especially during the festive season.

While Mom shops and Dad enjoys a cold one, the kids will be entertained by Father Christmas on stilts, a jumping castle, slime-making (eeuw, but they love it), canvas painting and face painting.

Bring your family, friends, acquaintances or even your colleagues for a year-end celebration and enjoy the truly magical atmosphere, making for unforgettable shared moments.

Date: 30 November and 1 December 2019

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Place: The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia; 45 Thomas Bowler street

Two-day Pass: R50

General entry: R30

Pensioners: R15

Kids: U/12 Enter Free

Online tickets: Click here

Parking: R20 at Rooseveldt high (proceeds go to the school). Please make use of this parking rather than parking on the street, as it is safe!

National Geographic and Consol making a difference at The Linden Market Spring Edition

DO YOU CHOOSE PLANET OR PLASTIC?

Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis. Come to The Linden Market on 28 September to learn more, find out what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge.

 The Linden Market is truly thrilled to be partnering with National Geographic and Consol. In 2019 TLM started the process of going green and reducing our carbon footprint to create a more sustainable event. We are excited about the challenge to cultivate a culture at TLM, to completely eliminate the use of single-use plastics at the market, but we also understand that this is a journey to truly make a difference and not a once-off marketing exercise.

 That is why this partnership with National Geographic is so important to us, working together for a bigger purpose and creating awareness about the state of our planet. During this activation at TLM, National Geographic hopes to make people aware of the global plastic crisis, how to change behaviour, reduce and ultimately eliminate single use plastic. Come make your pledge at the Planet or Plastic pledge desk, take selfie in front of the iconic yellow NatGeo border and receive a free Consol drinking bottle, if you produce proof of a ‘plastic-free alternative’ purchase on the day.

 

Planet or Plastic pledge

In an article in the National Geographic Magazine in June 2018, Planet or Plastic, written by Laura Parker and Elizabeth Royte with photography by Randy Olsen, you get a world-wide perspective on the history of everyday plastics and the implications of today’s explosion of throw-away plastics (really good reading). Some interesting and scary facts in the same article, really brings home the damage that plastic causes and drives this need of making changes to our daily lives even more:

  • Since our plastic world began, we have produced about 9.2 billion tons of plastic, of which nearly 6.9 billion tons are now waste and of that, 6.3 billion tons has never been recycled.
  • “Virtually half the plastic ever manufactured has been made in the past 15 years.”
  • A plastic grocery bag is used for an average of 15 minutes but may live in the environment for hundreds of years. And there are very few recycling plants that will accept plastic produce bags. 

To learn more about this initiative and the work that is being done around the plastic crisis, go the website 

 Photographer Joel Sartore says: “I want people to take care, to fall in love, and to take action.” TLM and National Geographic has taken action and is giving you the chance to do the same, on Saturday the 28th of September with a clean-up drive. National Geographic, together with Consol and TLM will be hosting a clean-up of the Botanical Gardens. The clean-up will take place at 8:00am before the market starts ,till 9:00am and all volunteers will receive free entry to the market, as well as a free Consol water bottle. Rubbish bags will be provided. All you need to do is bring your own gloves and pitch, to become a TLM Clean Up Ambassador and make a difference in your community.

 As you have probably seen on billboards around the country, Consol is not only passionate about glass, but also about making a difference. Watch this incredibly clever and moving video produced by National Geographic for the Planet or Plastic campaign in partnership with Consol.

 Consol will also be The Linden Market Spring Edition’s official water vendor, selling icy cold water in their beautiful Consol glass bottles. As they say: the best things come in glass.

 Bring the whole family to the Botanical Gardens Emmarentia, to enjoy this beautiful country of ours, not only to have fun, but making a difference as we do so.

 REMEMBER!

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Clean-up drive: 8am-9pm (Meeting point at the entrance to the market)

Place: The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia; 45 Thomas Bowler street

General entry: R30

Pensioners: R15

Kids: U/12 Enter Free

If you join the clean-up drive at 8am: FREE ENTRY

Online tickets: Click here

Parking: R20 at Rooseveldt high (proceeds go to the school). Please make use of this parking rather than parking on the street, as it is safe!

Flashbacks to The Linden Market Winter Edition

A trip down TLM Winter Edition memory lane

 

The TLM Winter Edition has come and gone and what an incredible day it was. TLM would like to thank each and every person who came out and supported the market – you made the day what it was.

Incredibly beautiful and creative products by our amazing vendors

It was a chilly morning for everybody involved behind the scenes setting up in the dark, but once the sun came out it almost felt like spring day. Once again it was our awesome TLM vendors who stole the show with their incredible creative products whether it was food, drinks, clothing, shoes, decor items, jewellery or some delicious deli products – it all looked beautiful and of the highest quality.

More topclass products by our incredible vendors

The Kidpreneur initiative, sponsored by Everblock was a roaring success. Our first ever Kidpreneurs started trading at 11:00 and blew us away with their creativity and entrepreneurship and of course their cuteness. Should your child be interested in being a Kidpreneur at the Spring Edition on 28 September please fill out an online application.

Everblock built the stalls for our first Kidpreneurs

For the kids who were just there to have some fun there was loads to do between the bungi-trampolene, face-painting-stiltmen, crafts, jumping castle, train and tyre toys.

Old TLM favourite Date-a-Dog with Benji + Moon was there and even though no puppies were adopted, R7405,40 were raised in donations for CLAW. Thank you TLM-goers for your generosity. Date-a-Dog and CLAW will be back at our Spring Edition – so if in the meantime you are looking for a furry addition to your family – please adopt, don’t shop and contact CLAW.

TLM is dog friendly

In the entertainment lineup, there was some TLM first-timers who kept the crowds entertained. Electronic duo Luca and Tim all the way from Cape Town first took to the stage and was the perfect start to a sunny winters day. Following the duo was Marimba band Coal Train who got the crowd up and dancing. The day ended off on a high note by 6-piece band Sea of Green, who captivated the crowd till closing time.

Wonderful lineup of artists who entertained the crowd

Our going-green initiative took off with flying colours (thank you to everybody buying into our initiative) and everybody loved the TLM-branded SWIG cups. We won’t stop here, but will continue to make the market greener and more environmentally friendly – with your help of course.

The TLM golfcarts was a hit so if you missed out on your free ride, remember to park in the safe parking at Rooseveldt High, walk the short distance to the Botanical gardens gate and grab a lift with our awesome TLM-cart-drivers in future (remember to take a selfie!).

It truly was a jam packed day and we have so much more in stall for our Spring Edition on 28 September 2019 so watch this space…

THE LINDEN MARKET PARTNERS WITH EverBlock®

#TLM Kidpreneur initiative brought to you by EverBlock®

TLM is passionate about supporting young (actually any) entrepreneurs and small business enterprizes and so TLM introduced the first ever Kidpreneur initiative at the Winter Edition.

EverBlock® jumped on board to make this initiative look beautiful, memorable and exciting. EverBlock® is a Life-Sized Modular Building Block (oversized plastic blocks), That Allows You To Build Nearly Anything, which in this case will be the stalls for our Kidpreneurs. No tools are required for installation or removal and best of all, when building walls, props, or displays there is none of the dirt and debris associated with traditional construction.

Mockup Image of Everblock stalls

 

Anything you’ve built can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the pieces can be re-used to construct other objects, making EverBlock® a unique green building method which is great, as this also supports TLM going green this winter. EverBlock®  also offer rentals and sales as well as design and installation services.  They consult on large scale or complex projects and provide customized solutions to meet your needs.

Come support our first, brave little Kidpreneurs on Saturday 13 July at The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia and check out the impressive stall structures by EverBlock®. Get your online tickets here to skip the queues. Gates open at 9:00 and Kidpreneurs start trading at 11:00. See you there!

 

 

A throwback to The Linden Market Autumn Edition ’19

What a beautiful Autumn day it was in true TLM STYLE…

After the original date was postponed due to the rain, the 18th of May finally arrived for TLM Autumn edition and what a beautiful autumn day it was. With market goers streaming in throughout the day to enjoy the Joburg sunshine – it truly was a great family event.

The Linden Market, Autumn crowdAt 9:00 all our amazing vendors were ready to trade, their stalls beautifully set up and their products of the highest quality, delighting as always.

The Linden Market, Autumn Edition, Vendor products

Nariska was first up on stage – her soothing voice paving the way for the energetic Steve Umculo. Old Linden Market favorites, Georgetown then took the stage and ended the day of with a blast.

The Linden Market Autumn Edition Entertainers Georgetown Band, Steve Umculu, Nariska

In-between our incredible talent on stage, we had salsa interludes, presented by more talented people of a different kind… Estilo Cubano taught us some salsa moves and even the little ones joined (so cute, our hearts melted).

The Linden Market, Autumn Edition, Estilo Cubano Salsa Dancing

Benji + Moon’s Date-a-dog was a hit with so many puppies giving joy to marketgoers and 7 pups finding new homes. Thanks again to Pedigree who sponsored a month’s worth of dog food to CLAW, a charity organization who gives shelter to homeless dogs, and is also involved with so many other good initiatives. We would also like to take the time to thank our TLM-goers who raised R4714 for this organisation.

The Linden Market, Autumn Edition, Charity, Date-a-dog, Benji+Moon, CLAW, Pedigree

We had a biiiig (or shall we rather say tall) surprise for the Linden market kids. Our stilt man was a hit as he entertained and gave out balloon animals to the amazed kids. He will definitely be back and bring some of his tall friends along next time.

The Linden Market, Autumn Edition, Kids Entertainment, Stilt man, balloons, face paint.

We also had face painting, tie-dye and ceramic painting to keep the kids occupied, while the moms and dads could relax with a glass of delicious Simonsig Bubbly or a cold Beerbike draft.

The Linden Market, Autumn Edition, Bull Cook Brewing, Beerbikes, Simonsig.

With shopping bags in hand, tastebuds satisfied, feet tired from all the dancing, everyone was reluctant to leave when Georgetown played their final chords. Not to worry Jozi, if you have missed out on this one, our next one is around the corner.

Make sure you don’t miss The Linden Market Winter Edition on Saturday 13 July at the home of TLM, The Botanical Gardens Emmarentia, 45 Thomas Bowler street. Gates open 9:00 – 16:00. General Tickets cost R30, pensioners pay R15, Kids under 12 (and your puppies) enter free. To avoid the queues get your tickets here. Please don’t park your car along the street. Remember that we provide SAFE parking at Roosevelt High across the road for R20. Proceeds go to the school. Keep an eye on our blog for all the plans we have for TLM Winter Edition. See you there!

 

 

The Linden Market Spring Edition – 29 September

THE LINDEN MARKET SPRING EDITION 

The Linden Market Spring edition took place on Saturday the 29th of September in the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Emmarentia. With rain forecasted for the day, we held our breaths and were very lucky to get best of both with rain on Friday night and a beautiful sunny day on market day! For those of you who missed it, here are some snapshots and a brief recap of the 2018 TLM Spring edition. A big shout out to Robyn Davie Photography for capturing our spring edition in such a beautiful way! Check out her website here Robyn Davie Photography.

Photo Credit: Left: Simonsig WInes. Middle: Wired Art. Right: Sexy Socks.

As you entered the market, you were met with the most vibrant and colourful displays of flowers and plants. Walking along the entrance passage through the myriad of greenery, Simonsig Wines were waiting to serve visitors with a glass of delicious bubbly. This eased our shoppers into the rest of the market where they could indulge in the finest local shopping.

Photo Credit: Left: Finlays Shoes. Right: The Greyhorns Artistry.

We were  joined by some of our reputable regulars, as well as a fine selection of newcomers in almost every vendor category The Linden Market has to offer. Ranging from food, beverages, décor & design, art, fashion, accessories and lifestyle products. New to the market, displayed under the old oak tree was Andre’s Vintage Bicycles & Finlays hand crafted shoes. Crowning Glory spoiled ladies with funky braids and a nail bar, whilst Kroon added a touch of spring with their beautiful flower crowns… This was a big hit!

Photo Credit: Left: Spring Blooms. Right: Roaming Road

Photo Credit: Left: Crowning Glory. Right: Kroon

We were so overwhelmed by the support we got from our visitors and local community at the CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) Adopt-A-Dog Initiative. Five out of the six doggies that were up for adoption at the market got forever homes. CLAW also received R5000 in cash donations and lots of sponsored collars for township dogs. We are beyond grateful and would like to thank each and everyone for the incredible support. A big thank you to CLAW for doing great work making such an impact in the community. We cannot wait to have you at the Christmas Edition market! 

Photo Credit: Stohne Art

Don’t miss out on The Linden Market Christmas Edition taking place Saturday 1st of December and Sunday the 2nd of December for authentic Christmas gift shopping. Tickets cost R20 pp and kids under 12 enter for free. Please make use of the secure parking available at Roosevelt High School opposite the Botanical gardens Entrance in Thomas Bowler Street.

Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm.

For more information please visit our website www.thelindenmarket.com or our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/136492130373428/

The Linden Market Christmas Edition 2018

WELCOME TO THE LINDEN MARKET CHRISTMAS EDITION

SATURDAY 1ST OF DECEMBER & SUNDAY 2ND OF DECEMBER
Looking back on a jam-packed year, it seems that everybody is a little tired and ready for a holiday. We have decided to end off the year slightly differently. For the first time in The Linden Market’s history, the market will span over 2 days, starting on Saturday 1st of December and ending on Sunday 2nd of December. Why? You voted …. We listened! We ran a poll asking our regular visitors and vendors if they would prefer a 1 or 2 day market, and the winner by 86% was a 2 day market! By extending the market we can accommodate people who cannot make the Saturday, or did not finish off all their gift shopping to join us again on the Sunday…
We are very excited to share what we have planned for the deluxe Christmas Edition market! Here is a snippet of what to expect:- Yoga in the Park, 160 stalls, Santa in the Garden, Wreath Making Workshop, Adopt a Dog, Live Music entertainment and more…
You will not find a better way to kick off the holiday month. Bring your friends, family, children and 4 legged friends for a local, festive celebration in the heart of the Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia.
A TIME FOR BUYING, GIVING & RECEIVING LOCAL
Spoil your family and friends and buy your Christmas pressies LOCAL. As part of the Linden Market’s mantra, we encourage people to swap malls for markets and fully support our local entrepreneurs. We will have 160 stalls ranging from decor & design, jewellery, fashion, deli, food trucks, craft beer, bubbly, gin bar, furniture, plants etc. Join us @ the market for your unique and authentic Christmas gift shopping.
SANTA IN THE GARDEN
Get into the SPIRIT OF GIVING …. We invited Mr. Clause and his team to come and be merry with the children and families of Jozi. Come and help Santa to decorate the TLM Christmas tree with recycled items. You will also get the chance to support the needy by bringing a wrapped present (pre-loved or new) to place under the TLM Christmas tree. The presents will go to the little ones who won’t have a Christmas Experience. 
YOGA IN THE PARK

We will start off the day with our usual ‘Yoga in the Park’. Yogi’s grab your mats and join Yoga Works on Saturday and Sunday at 09h00. This will also give you free entrance to the market.

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP
Join us on Saturday or Sunday at 10h00 for a celebration of Summer and the upcoming Christmas holidays with an intimate wreath making workshop and bubbly tasting in the White Shed. We will be using the traditional method of moss and wire, offering decorations from a gorgeous array of interesting foliage & succulents. The class will be taught to create a lush and festive Christmas wreath that last throughout the entire holiday season. Tickets available on our website. www.thelindenmarket.com
ADOPT A DOG

Once again, as part of our dog loving culture, CLAW has been invited. With the overwhelming success at the Spring Edition, we continue to support this charity to drive their ‘adopt a dog’ initiative. You will get the chance to spend some time with beautiful yet homeless furry friends, among them puppies up for adoption. Please tell all that are looking for a fur child to join us at The Linden market Spring Edition to give our furry friends some love and attention, and hopefully a forever home. Each doggy will sport a gingham blue bandanna and denim blue harness with lead should you want to take a walk and get to know each other. We call upon you to bring the whole family, including the furry ones to join us to celebrate Christmas the Linden Market way. We look forward to seeing you all there!

CHRISTMAS EDITION ENTERTAINMENT

Market Goers will be welcomed with Bluesy Christmas carols by Saxophone.  Jacqueline Tolken and Peter Hoven will once again grace us with heir beautiful voices and the rest we will announce closer to the time.

Early bird skips the queue… Entrance R20 pp. Kinds u/12 enter for free. Get your tickets here 

 

 

Music Line-up for the Linden Market Spring Edition ’18.

Only 18 days to go to the LINDEN MARKET spring edition 2018

Button up those spring shirts and dust of them dancing shoes, because we have just secured the music line-up for the Spring Edition. If you don’t want to miss out go on and get your tickets here!

Kate Rok will be opening The Linden Market Spring Edition Stage. This talented new comer brings Afrikana Flavour mixed with urban sounds to the local music scene. She writes and sings about nature, people, relationships, and day to day life, with a strong focus on her country, her culture and the people of Mzanzi! She has a dream for our country to unite, which manifests in powerful lyrical messaging. We cannot wait to hear her voice!

Follwing the urban Afrikana vibes we have Beukes and Delaney. This Johannesburg based duo performs an eclectic mix of original Folk/Irish/Rock. They refer to their unique style as “Irish-Boereblues! Afrikaans singer/songwriter, Christoff Beukes, plays acoustic Guitar, Harmonica and does the Lead Vocal duties in this exciting duo.David Delaney, an Irishman, that has been calling South Africa home for the last 2 years. He grew up learning his craft playing in the pubs of Waterford, where he was born. He plays the Fiddle; a traditional Irish flute called the Low Whistle, Mandolin and does Backing Vocals. Their debut album, “Good to be Alive”, is an amalgamation of their individual musical and cultural backgrounds.

To liven things up we call on the talented Jerry & The Bandits. 

This crew has been folking things up since 2013 with 4 members: Jerry, Jason, Kirstin and Geraint. They describe themselves as an indie-folk band with spice! Their upbeat music guarantees to make anyone dance, sing-along and feel good. Jerry’s appealing and husky vocals blend with the acoustic guitars and kick-drum pulse to lay the folk foundation for the band’s sound. The sounds of the brassy saxophone and harmonica sprinkle some musical spice on top of this while Geraint, aka G-Kitty, keeps the groove on the double bass.

 

The headline act of the day will be The Runaway Train Cult. A Brilliant end to a great days out in The Botanical gardens of Emmarentia.  This band was formed formed out of a love of playing live acoustic music and an attitude that they are there for the audience – not the other way round. With instruments like violin, mandolin, auto-harp, cello, banjo, guitar, ukulele, upright bass and voice, almost any genre of music sounds fresh – though folk roots, country, bluegrass and hillbilly get special attention.

 

 

The band’s original influence stems from their interest in Gypsy jazz/Appalachian/Americana/New Orleans swing and the instruments associated to those genres: Violin, guitars, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, accordion, brass and percussion. The various styles have become so integrated that it’s hard to hear where one genre starts and another stops. Recently Hip Hop and soul have got into the mix, so the journey continues.

We look forward to the eclectic mix of sounds and moreover seeing you guys at The Linden Market Spring Edition. Remember, gates open at 9am – 4pm on Saturday 29th of September at The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia. Get your tickets here.

PS: Secure parking available at Roosevelt High opposite the road at R20. Please make use of this as parking on the side of the road is not safe for your car. See you all soon. TLM Market Love xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A LOOK BACK AT THE LINDEN MARKET WINTER EDITION

A LOOK BACK AT THE LINDEN MARKET WINTER EDITION

 

The Linden Market Winter Edition was once again a great hit on the Jozi Winter Calendar with an amazing attendance of just over 5000 people. We would like to thank everyone involved, from vendors to our known local supporters and first timers!

The morning started out quite chilly with the temperature at around 6 degrees while all the vendors were setting up their fantastic stalls, from handmade jewellery, décor and fashion, to gourmet food and crafted drinks. Many thanks to our vendors who were brilliant in getting everything ready sharpish, you guys played a significant part in making the market run smoothly. With the gates open by 9am, our amazing coffee and breakfast masters like Morning Glory (a TLM Newcomer) serving bubble and pop waffles, and The Honest Grazer serving beautifully created plant-based comfort food were met by early market goers looking to warm up and enjoy the chilled winter morning at the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Upon entering at the gate, people were met by a truly beautiful display of colourful flowers by Fleur Dita, My Garden Bird feeders and other plant vendors that created a peaceful and tranquil setting.

 

PHOTO BY ROBYN DAVIE

 

Morning entertainment was opened by Joshua Moreira, a very talented young man that graced us with his beautiful voice, original songs and a selection of familiar cover songs. We are certain of a bright future in music for Joshua. Next up was Fritz Gun that picked up the vibe with an acoustic bluesy rock feel followed by a solo act by the name of Janie Bay. A force to be reckoned with in the female singer songwriter category that has been nominated for a South African Music award for one of her newly released singles.

 

The main act of the day was The Barbosa Experience.

The Barbosa Experience started a few years ago under the name The Captain Barbosa Experience and was the solo-project of the Mozambican lead singer of Mrs. B Pedro Barbosa. Pedro started out for fun, laughs and free drinks but after a short while found out that there is a need for someone who can bring life to existing and new songs with an acoustic guitar with Latino passion from the heart. Peter the Dutch guitar genius joined Pedro, adding some virtuoso guitar licks and vocals to the mix. Together there is not much that they can’t play which made their appearance at The Linden Market even more special.
The Barbosa experience play with passion, intense emotion, and are keen to impress with small songs or wild sing-alongs. They certainly added a lot of fun to the already festive Linden Market atmosphere while turning heads among market goers of any cultural denomination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst being intimately entertained in the big red Bedouin tent, many market goers ambled around the grounds indulging in the multitude of foods prepared by our carefully selected food vendors. This was indeed a multi-cultural food fest in the upper echelon of the original food world.

Let’s not forget the lovely Bubbles supplied by one of our Sponsors, Simonsig Wines, with their very tasty varieties of MCC, Red and White wines. They certainly made for a bubbly experience that many a market goer will not soon forget. The Bullcook Brewing company was there with two stands, supplying the Market with the expertly crafted Ale, Lager and Blonde beers. We couldn’t help but notice a few return visits to their funky Rolling Beerbikes…

There were cocktails of many kinds as well as virgin cocktails and gin, not to mention the Polish Lemon Liquor stand serving lovely refreshing alcohol infused shots of lemon and coffee.

 

PHOTOS BY ROBYN DAVIE

 

The lifestyle Vendor section was again a fantastic experience.

There were many variations of fashion exhibitors fit for all types of styles from the funky floral-patterned skirts of glare modern vintage to the edgy black and white slashed t-shirts of Vintage Zionist. Our carefully selected list of vendors always exhibit their handcrafted perfections such as fragrant body products, hand stitched leather bags and shoes, brass, silver and wooden jewellery and out of the box furniture designs that will leave you wanting to re-decorate
your home.

We very much look forward to the Spring Edition to see what our vendors have in ‘stall’ for us! Don’t miss out and join us on the 29th of September at The Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia! Gates open at 9am.

INFUSED WITH AN AFRICAN SOUL

INFUSED WITH AN AFRICAN SOUL

The Linden Market Autumn Edition kicked off in 2018 with the biggest attendance yet. The market brought a lot of new and interesting ideas to the table. One of them definitely stood out from the crowd. In collaboration with Uber Flavour Craft Ice Tea and POP Paint we brought in six female artists to paint a live mural on an oil barrel in front of the market audience.

For the artists the day started off a little quieter and accompanied with great music, they could easily plan their piece for their individual barrels. As they dipped their brushes into the amazing POP colours, the hustle and bustle started and our talent were submerged by the laughter and joy of the audience surrounding them.

The six creative women where all given one specific theme, Infused with an African Soul, and they could apply it as they see fit. Specifically chosen, they all came from different areas within the art world, each with their own unique style. This was particularly interesting when they got into full swing of things. The live mural painting became a performance where the audience had the freedom to interact with the artists, their work, Uber Flavour, and Pop Paint.

 

Here are some of the artists’ thoughts.

 

Octavia Roodt on her design and the theme:

Without trying to get too political, the theme inspired me to try and fight through the swamp of potential political angst to that quiet and peaceful plateau, that bubble where we do not agonise over the past or present. Essentially that space where we can and should drink tea, as it is, rightfully, the most meditative of beverages. What local symbols then, can create such an atmosphere?

What I decided on was the San, specifically placed in the flat, empty Karoo. Regarding infusion, this is where the fun could start. By blending the virtual age with the primordial, the barren with the heavy cloud of flavour and the wrinkled sage with the young child, I intended to “infuse” a few contrasting yet closely related ideas together. That, and the more of that gorgeous pink, the better.

 

 

 Ilze ‘Issa’ Mari Wessels on painting in front of people for the first time and POP Paint:

It was amazing. It was the first time I’ve experienced something like this, especially painting in front of strangers.  The social interactions were really interesting, people from different ages came to inspect what we were doing and they asked plenty of questions. It was great to speak to the audience on why we do what we do as artists.

The platform allowed for these interactions to happen, which was what really stood out for me. You rarely get the opportunity as an artist to work on a level where you are confronted with so many minds and opinions at once.

I wish I could take all the paint home. POP Paint was great fun to work with, the experience was all-round fantastic.

 

 

 

 Bianca Buisman on the energy, artists and atmosphere of the day:

I haven’t ever painted in front of so many people – so this already brought a lot of energy to my heart. The other phenomenal feeling was sitting alongside a few other artists, all from different backgrounds, all from different styles, creating something together. Synchronised in a way, made it feel beautifully revolutionary and brought it to life. It created unity in building something really beautiful.

All-in-all, it was a tough day to get that much paint onto the barrel with all the ideas you have, but at the end of it, it felt empowering.

For a market to bring young artists into the public and a new space is incredible. Yes, you know, every market can bring local brands to the forefront, but you don’t often find that they bring young contemporary artists who really want to make something for themselves. It brought a whole other energy and culture to the market, it brought it to life. I have never seen it anywhere else and I think in itself it is something really interesting. When you bring interesting cultural things to an area, it starts taking a different shape. It inspired me to do more things live. The energy definitely influences the results.

 

  

 

The art activation inspired many market goers on the day and the feedback was exceptional. The Winter Edition will fill out the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens on the 30th of June and you can expect more interesting projects like this one.

 

MELISSA FONTINI

CELESTE THERON

OCTAVIA ROODT

ILZE MARI WESSELS

BIANCA BRAND

BIANCA BUISMAN