South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, will be in Durban for one night only at the KZNSA Gallery as special guest for their gala benefit evening on Wednesday 5 June.

  • 05 June 2013

Evita Bezuidenhout – the razor-sharp self proclaimed tannie of the nation, famed hostess, socialite, avid twittera, political advisor and former ambassadress of the homeland of Bapetikosweti, takes time out from cooking koeksusters to kuier in Durban.
To honour Mrs Bezuidenhout, the KZNSA Arts Cafe is creating a special menu for the evening, preparing dishes straight out of Evita se Kossie Sikelela cook book..
“The book came from a box full of recipes torn out of Huisgenoot and De Kat,” explains Evita. It was actually prompted and compiled by the expert chef and illustrator from Provence, France, Linda Vicquery as Mrs Bezuidenhout felt she was too busy running the country. The cookbook claims that “If the road to reconciliation run through a country’s belly, Evita’s cookbook provides it’s recipe for peace,”
After a fabulous meal, Mrs Bezuidenhout will be holding court in the main gallery at the KZNSA Gallery for their gala fundraising evening.
The idea is to come to the gallery, enjoy an a la carte al-fresco supper as the sun sets, before moving into the main gallery for an audience with Evita. Puddings, coffee and liqueurs will be available after the show to round off the elegant evening of fabulous bespoke boere cuisine and biting satire.  
Mrs Bezuidenhout has donated her time to the gallery to support the innovative work that they do in supporting the city’s creative industries.
“The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), founded 108 years ago, plays a pivotal role in the support and development of the cultural arts in KZN. Home to three art galleries, a lifestyle shop, the Arts Café and the Durban Centre for Photography the familiar modern architecture of the complex juxtaposed against the old world charm of Glenwood  is a quintessential Durban landmark,” explains KZNSA Gallery Curator, Bren Brophy.
“The KZNSA  offers an ever-changing showcase for exhibitions, music events, a meeting place for creatives and a diverse public education programme including seminars and specialist conferences. It is a not-for-profit, member-based, public benefit organisation that is also classified as an arts and culture education service provider. It is governed by a democratically elected council.
“Regrettably it is facing an uncertain future. Given the significant social development challenges facing our country and continent all our programmes must necessarily reflect the often biting reality and unimaginable human resilience shared by our citizens in the face of scarce public resources for health, housing, education and employment opportunities.
“The KZNSA is not aligned to any political party but we are mindful of our responsibility within a transforming Africa. One can understand that the cultural arts often play a back seat to what appear to be more pressing life challenges. Support for the on-going survival of arts organisations is thin on the ground.  What we cannot forget is that artists have a role to play in generating livelihoods for a wide range of sectors. Artists also provide for a vibrant culture of continually reassessing our roles and individual commitments to the dreams we share for our unique heritage and identity. If the arts fail we all fail,” notes Brophy,
“Evita Bezuidenhout, still regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa will headline a benefit to support the work of the KZNSA.  Please help her to help the arts and join us on 5 June for an unforgettable evening that will provide fuel for what promises to be an on-going rocky ride for artists in this country.”
The gallery has created a special Boere-Baroque vintage-inspired photo-booth, where for a donation to the gallery of R200, ten audience-members can be individually photographed with Mrs Bezuidenhout, and take home a souvenir framed photograph of themselves and Evita.
Tickets for the show are R250 and can be booked through the gallery. The meal and drinks are for the patron’s own account. Supper is served from 6pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.
For more information, or to book, phone Emme on 031 277 1705. The KZNSA - KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts Gallery can be found at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban.

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