Yesterday, on Easter Sunday, we went to a free performance of Handel's Messiah at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. The marquee was packed by the time we got there, so I found a plantpot to perch on, and sketched the back end of the audience, with the statue of Madiba doing his slow dance as the focal point. The acoustics weren't the best outside the boundaries of the tent, but there was a joyful atmosphere of sharing this wonderful music, and the day with others.
My husband, meanwhile, had found a young man that we'd met at church in the morning, an American working for the Clinton Foundation in Kenya, on his way through Johannesburg.
He had had dinner the night before at one of the restaurants in the Square, and would you believe Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon were there, in the country shooting a movie about Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup! How I would have loved to have sketched them for Urban Sketchers, though I'm sure I would have been too dazzled and star-struck to have put quivering pen to paper! We went to have a drink after the concert and I had to make do with a couple of ordinary, but no less worthy I'm sure, South Africans - ah, but for what might have been!!!