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Bombay Sapphire sensory soiree, a game changer for rising female creatives

A phenomenal collective of rising female creatives - led by fashion and interior designer Shelley Mokoena; multidisciplinary artist Tebogo Ribane; and visual artist Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee - joined forces with Bombay Sapphire to create what became known as the Wasomi experience. An absolute game changer, here's what went down during the fun-filled two-day sensory soiree - right in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind.

The meticulously landscaped Nirox Sculpture Park in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg has become a go-to for fascinating art installations dotted among grassy fields, trees and waterways with dozens of expressive sculptures handsomely scattered throughout the park.

So when an event invitation email dropped involving a two day multi-disciplinary art experience – with a good mix of tastemakers in fashion, design, culinary and music & dance – to be hosted in this enchanting UNESCO world heritage site by leading gin brand Bombay Sapphire, it was no brainer that this would leave a lasting impression on everyone.

True to Bombay Sapphire’s versatile nature, it was here where a phenomenal collective of emerging female creatives – made up of fashion and interior designer Shelley Mokoena; multidisciplinary artist Ribane; and visual artist Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee – joined forces with Bombay Sapphire to create what become known as the one-of-its-kind ‘Wasomi experience’,

Dazzling designs brought Nirox Sculpture Park to a standstill.

The gathering, which took off on Sunday with a buoyant overnight escape into nature at the chic and elegant Farmhouse 58, before culminating with an immersive and truly memorable interdisciplinary art experience, not only brought together a set of inspiring female art visionaries, but some of Jozi’s most loved and stylish media personalities, among them TV host and creative producer Olwethu Leshabane, actress and broadcaster Minnie Dlamini, as well aa contemporary visual artist Trevor Stuurman.
 
Hosted by the ever-gorgeous actress Nambitha Ben-Mazwi, guests witnessed the creativity of making every bottle of Bombay Sapphire and how it lends itself to being a blank canvas for refreshing gin cocktails, all the while immersed in engaging art, dazzling design, and moving musical performances.

These creative outlets were used as vehicles to tell the intriguing story of how the combination to the 10 hand-picked botanicals sourced from all over the world make Bombay Sapphire among absolute gin favourites the world over.

Guests enjoyed every bite while sipping on carefully curated Bombay Sapphire cocktails.
Actress and broadcaster Minnie Dlamini was among A-listers who graced the event.
Addressing guests: Avukile Mabombo, Barcadi marketing director, Middle East & Africa – Premium White Spirits.

Wasomi; an mmersive dining meets multi-sensory art game changer

Wasomi is a phenomenal collective of emerging female creatives made up of fashion and interior designer Shelley Mokoena; multidisciplinary artist Tebogo Bafedi Ribane; and visual artist Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee.

The trio collaborated on a space focused on paying homage to emerging female creatives, alongside their more established counterparts.
 
Likewise, the Wasomi line-up was bolstered by the participation of sculptor and entrepreneur Fathema Bemath as she continues to break moulds with her magnificent, breathtaking sculptures – using clay to highlight the strong female forms in all its glorious ways.

On show: Fathema Bemath’s breathtaking clay sculpture.

As if this wasn’t impressive enough, rising visual artist Mmabatho Mokala, along with architect-turned multidisciplinary artist Nindya Bucktowar, captivated the audiences with their individual creativity, with the former’s art focusing on the subjective, sublime experience of physical space, while the latter uses clay and mixed media to create installations inspired by natural and urban landscapes. 

Last in line to lull and let the audience briefly escape the madness of life with her majestic dance set and eclectic soothing sound was none other than the oh-so talented rising musical storyteller Sio, whose unique genre-fluid sound combining elements of jazz, house and electro music, recently saw her light up Spotify billboard in Times Square, New York.

Wasomi is focused on paying homage to some of SA’s hardest working female creatives, among them architect-turned multidisciplinary artist Nindya Bucktowar.
The oh-so talented rising musical storyteller, Sio, was the highlight of the show.

Immersive art of botanicals sensory game changer

True to Bombay Sapphire’s unique distillation process, not forgetting the ten all-natural botanicals that go into every bottle, chef Leon van Deventer from one of Johannesburg’s most celebrated fine-dining restaurants – Gemelli – used a number of botanicals to build up layers of culinary flavours.

The starter (seared tuna infused with lemon and juniper) was a hit, while the main course (confit duck leg infused with coriander and cassia bark) proved to be popular too.

Gemelli head chef Leon van Deventer used a number of botanicals to build up layers of culinary flavoursas it’s the case with this mouth-watering main dish (confit duck leg infused with coriander and cassia bark) .
Refreshing, carefully curated Bombay Sapphire gin cocktails were the order of the day.

The dessert (touch of colour inspired by almond and liquorice) completed the gastronomical experience. All three courses were paired with Bombay Sapphire cocktails, including French Iris, Cubeb Side Fizz and Cassia Mule curated by Bombay Sapphire’s sustainability ambassador Leighton Rathbone, who ended the day with an interactive mixology class.

Participants were taken on a journey through botanicals, as they interacted with the finest ingredients available to come up with their own Bombay Sapphire cocktails. It’s no wonder why this will go down in history as a game changer not only for rising female creatives and lovers of all things art, but also to every gin aficionados who took part in the activities.


 

 


Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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