Prince Albert Chronicles – May June 2023

Jun 29, 2023 | Article

Our inaugural Journey to Jazz was an incredible affair. Thank you to all our jazzy visitors, appreciated media, energetic organisers, enthusiastic volunteers, and top-class musicians for putting Prince Albert on the jazz map, and here’s to 1 – 5 May 2024.

Another successfully arty Prince Albert Open Studios weekend came and went mid-June with incredible talent on show. Thread art, metalwork, weaving, photography, painting, sketching, linocuts, photo-encaustic, mixed media, and more were on display. If you missed it this time don’t despair, our next Open Studios is a few months away, watch this space for more info.

Farewell to Lydia Barrella, the town of Prince Albert salutes you and your almost 30 years of dedicated service and passion you warmly bestowed upon our treasured Fransie Pienaar Museum.
Thank you for everything you have done, turning our beloved museum into a national treasure and award-winning icon.
Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

100 years of MG and what better place to celebrate! Thank you, MG Car Club Cape Centers, for choosing Prince Albert as your centenary celebrations base.
Unbelievable to think that the first ever MG was sold 16 August 1923!

Karoo Looms’ talented all-woman team create beautifully woven artworks in the inspiring space that is Karoo Souk.
Proudly made in Prince Albert, Karoo Looms deliver of the best quality Mohair rugs and weavings worldwide. Each rug is unique in its making – handmade by a team working in unison to achieve the best they can possibly offer. Through this skill a community is empowered and gives a sense of pride to build a heritage to be proud of.

Blink Begin is Prince Albert Community Trust’s early childhood development program benefitting the most vulnerable children in our community, giving them a safe environment to learn and grow in, and most importantly a voice that is heard.
Dedicated staff guide these sweet littlies through fun and informative activities such as swimming and baking classes, local excursions, healthy nutrition and personal hygiene sessions, amongst others.
PACT and Blink Begin celebrate all contributions in the form of monetary donations, time, talent, resources, and/or creativity, please get in touch to become involved.

We are excited to announce that short film, Die Spook van Doornkraal, produced by renowned local filmmaker Koos Roets, has won silver at the International Tourism Film Festival Africa awards.
The film showcases one of the many beautiful old Karoo properties that epitomise the Swartberg Circle Region which encompasses the quaint and historic towns of De Rust, Klaarstroom, Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn, as well as their surrounding landscapes.
The imagery encapsulates what the Karoo is about: warm hospitality, fascinating history, magnificent backdrops, and all that is wholesome and natural, and even unnatural as is evident by the occasional (friendly) ghost.

Hendry and Nesie are baking up a storm at Hendry’s Artisanal Bakery. For a delectable choice of croissants, pain au raisin, baguettes, sourdough bread, and bread sticks, make sure to visit early as stocks sell out faster than you can say hotcakes!

A fun night of frivolity was had at the Fransie Pienaar Museum’s supper night. A select group of guests got to experience a private tour, followed by a three-course dinner in the intimate setting accompanied by the museum’s famous ghost.

To end our May/June Prince Albert Chronicles, a few images showcasing the beauty of our little Karoo dorp over the last few months.