Imagine that with only USD 10.00 you could launch a bold, passionate way of cultural sharing halfway across the world:
the #SaffaFestBigFiveSenses tour of Taiwan!
What is SaffaFest?
"Saffa" = South African person living abroad.
"Fest" = Festival.
Except that SaffaFest is so much more than just a festival, it is the art of interactive cultural sharing.
In what way? By engaging the five senses of each visitor with South Africa's most unique aspects.
Why do we do it?
We believe in sharing the riches of your culture with those around us no matter where we live in the world.
We believe in action, that today is the best day to make something great happen!
We believe in being bold and forging new, unconventional paths.
Sounds interesting… what’s the story here?
Two ordinary "Saffas" have an extraordinary dream: To share our enchanting culture with the whole of Taiwan through highly memorable, interactive South African-themed events.
Individuals? But isn’t this a job for the Cultural Bureaus?
We don’t mind that the SaffaFest vision is totally unconventional.
We hope that others who believe in daring to be different will feel the same way that we do and say: “Wow, that’s bold…. but I like it!”
What exactly is this Big Five Senses project?
From September 2018 to March 2020, we will hold five interactive, engaging SaffaFest events across five major cities of Taiwan. Known collectively as the SaffaFest Big Five Senses, each event will focus on one of the five senses separately. The sixth event, March 2020 SaffaFest Extravaganza, will feature all the five senses together in one venue, as well as South African artists performing LIVE in Taiwan, at an event that will boast the richness of our culture in all its facets!
Who benefits from this?
Imagine you are a South African expat in Taiwan - Where else could you invite your friends if you wanted them to interact with the culture you love and miss?
Imagine you are a Taiwanese person or expat from another country - You would need to get on an airplane in order to experience first-hand the South African activities that SaffaFest offers.
Imagine you are a South African artist -How easily could you perform Live on stage in the heart of Asia to a country that is hospitable, intriguing and endearing?
Is this ONE Crowd Funding campaign?
Yes, but it’s a long campaign, broken up into SIX stages. Each stage requires its own funding to build up a budget to cover the CORE event costs of each Big Five Senses event, including the March 2020 SaffaFest Extravaganza event.
The first stage, TASTE South Africa will be held on 15-16 September 2018 in Taipei City, Taiwan.
So, what will the money from this Crowd Funding campaign actually be used for?
We are looking for funding for the Core Event costs.
These are the base costs that are required to set up the event so that the first person may walk through that gate at the start of the event.
Thus far, we, as individuals, have paid these costs from our own (post-tax) pockets... more than once, for each event actually.
This first event focuses on the TASTES of South Africa and excludes LIVE Music Core Costs. The costs for LIVE Music doubles the budget, LIVE Music costs are equivalent to what the whole event itself costs.
Here is a breakdown of what we will use the funding for in this first event:
A two-day event includes one day of setup as well as one day of striking down. This means a Venue fee of four days (43% of Core event costs).
The artwork and design of marketing and media material, plus distribution prior to the event (13% of Core event costs).
3. EQUIPMENT RENTAL, DÉCOR,LIGHTING, DJ, SAFETY ENGINEER:
Everything you see at an event that holds the physical fabric together and creates the ambience (20% of Core event costs).
4. CREW AND MANPOWER:
Those amazing people who do all the manual labour before, during and after the. Even Volunteer helpers require at the very least: a T-shirt, meal, beverages, insurance, and transportation.Our Crew works like demons, they deserve to be rewarded (16% of Core Event costs).
5. CROWD FUNDING :
Even the act of raising money has associated costs. But the crowdfunding platform is amazing and we are happy to pay them 8% for our cause to be hosted on their platform.
If I donate, is there anything in it for me?
Absolutely…you will feel a priceless, beaming pride as you plant your seed of support in the garden of humanity knowing that it will come back to you, since we are all connected after all.
Plus, there are some REWARDS to thank you for making this dream possible!
I’d like to be involved, what can I do?
Firstly…. thank you very much, we could not do this without you! Then, have a look at the donation options and see which one suits you.
Before I forget to ask, who thought this up?
That's not a short story, first get yourself a cup of coffee or Rooibos tea, then settle in for a read here:
"You may not believe in fate or destiny, but some of us have been touched by it more than once. Duane and Mary are two of those. The first time destiny touched them was in 2007 when they met at a Halloween party in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Two South Africans, years apart, on the other side of the world in one of the smallest cities on a small island -- met and fell in love. This is usually where the narrator would say “and the rest is history” but not so. Fast forward 9 years and destiny came a-knocking again. While camping at Hutoupi in Taiwan for their wedding anniversary, Duane and Mary marveled at the peace and quiet they found in nature, something they sorely missed about their beloved South Africa. The next day they thought this would be shattered by the 2000+ attendees at a local event right there, but somehow it was not. Even with all the extra bodies and sounds they could still enjoy nature and find some peace. And so they decided that this beautiful location would be the perfect place to host a South African Festival. Little over a year later, they did just that!
Combining their expertise in tourism (Duane) and business management (Mary) with their South African pig-headedness (stubbornness) they set out to host a festival that brought cultures, languages, ages, races and personalities together. Back home we would call this Ubuntu, a Bantu word that speaks of the bond we all share as humans. And they didn’t stop there, they went on to host two more SaffaFests within another year.
And that brings us to the here and now. You see, we’re still not at the “the rest is history” part of the story!
Now you might wonder why didn’t they start small? Well, to be very frank with you, South Africans don’t do small. Most of us live by the philosophy of “Go big or go home!” So the only choice was to go big, and bring home to Taiwan!
South Africans want to share their home with others. They wish everyone could visit their enchanting country and experience the culture they love, but aikona (Nguni word meaning “no” or “cannot”). So, in a spin off of the classic saying: if Mohammed can’t come to the mountain then bring the mountain to Mohammed!
Duane and Mary want to bring all of the highlights of South Africa to Taiwan. With the next five events, visitors will get to explore South African culture through all their senses - taste, smell, hear, see and feel! There will be a festival in five of Taiwan’s biggest cities to make sure everyone can get a chance to go on an interactive Big Five Senses Safari. This all culminates into one massive event in 2020 where we’ll show Taiwanese how to have a groot jol (big party) to celebrate in true ubuntu spirit with the whole country. We want to bring our food, crafts, books, drinks, recipes, jewelry, clothes, the whole shebang (everything) to Taiwan!
Help us Make Saffafest Lekker (fun)!"
How popular has SaffaFest been so far?
1.) The inaugural SaffaFest of March 2017 had 800 attendees and the
Live Music concert headlining talented South African artist, Bok van
Blerk, blew everyone away.
2.) At the September 2017 Mini SaffaFest there were 2000+ visitors who enjoyed two full days of interactive cultural activities.
3.) Then the March 2018 SaffaFest had 1500 in attendance, with the LIVE music and SaffaFest WineRoute proving most popular.
Click to check out this awesome video of SaffaFest 2018 in Chiayi City, Taiwan:
SaffaFest has met wonderful, amazing, great chaps (people) along the way who were all willing to help without getting paid, some sponsors have helped out, and a few tickets have been sold. We’ve come this far, we’re growing with every festival and we know we can make it Groot (meaning BIG in Afrikaans, that's another language we speak).
So how will you achieve this lofty goal?
Two can’t, but together… a thousand can!
We are appealing to you, the new generation of global citizens to stand together with us and financially build the much needed event budget for this ambitious project, spanning across six events in less than two years.
Just a donation of USD 10.00 from you would help us launch a whole new, fresh way of cultural sharing halfway across the world.
If you also believe in “having insane courage to do great things”, then we invite you to actively show your support to help us make this worthwhile dream possible.
Join us on this first stage, TASTE South Africa, in the #SaffaFestBigFiveSensesTour and together let's share our heritage and amazing culture!
If you would like to become involved and become the recognized sponsor of sending South African musicians over to Taiwan to perform LIVE, then please contact us at: