Once a year in a beautiful town at the foot of Africa, a magical little festival unfolds. The Flamjangled Tea Party needs no introduction to those who have been and witnessed its splendour. This is a party quite unlike any other you may have experienced in Cape Town. It’s not a trance party, a deep house jol or a rock festival – but a glorious mix of all things crazy, magical and wonderful – a melting pot of delicious dress up, musical mayhem and artistic tomfoolery. Beautiful girls parade in cupcake costumes, giant praying mantises bend and sway to the music while others get lost in a hazy mix of feathers, glitter, tequila, tassels and turbans. Flamjangled welcomes all – freakish party animals, candy-floss cowgirls, greased-up rockers, and cross-dressing queens amongst others.
What is Flamjangled all about? It’s an upside-down gypsy circus dream come true. The music is as eclectic and wild as the party-goers – Balkan Beats, Electro Swing, Big Brass Band, Acoustic Folk, Nu Disco, Thumping Techno, World Beats and more. The last few years have seen acts such as Jeremy Loops, Toby2Shoes, James Copeland, Good Luck, Bambeano, Gazelle, Bateleur and many more providing ear-tingling deliciousness. There are dress up competitions, talent shows and dancing lessons – in the past we’ve been taught to Foxtrot, Charleston and Line-Dance – with everyone getting involved and discovering their inner line-dancing rodeo queen!
Pitch your tent under the trees, swing past one of the amazing food stalls to have a bite to eat or a cup of tea, swim in the river, groove on the dancefloor and bask in the glory that is the Flamjangled Tea Party – a wondrous gift to you, a place where dressing up and playing your part is the only way to go down the rabbit hole and into the land of Flamjangled, where tea is king and craziness reigns supreme! We are all MAD here …
THE FLAMJANGLED TEA PARTY | 27 – 29 MARCH 2015 | Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom
Facebook Event link HERE
Photos by Jonx Pillemer