26-27 May 2017 - A weekend of Leonard Cohen

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was known for his poetic lyrics, iconic songs and baritone voice.

“Poetry in McGregor” invites you to join us for a weekend of music, films and tributes to honour this great musician - 26th to 28th of May 2017

Book your accommodation, park your car and enjoy the thrill of walking from venue to venue in the poetic village of McGregor in the Western Cape.

Programme details:

FRIDAY 26 MAY 2017

16:00 – 17:35: Film @ Wahnfried: LEONARD COHEN - SONGS FROM THE ROAD (by donation at the door, advisable to pre-book your seat)

In 2008 Leonard Cohen embarked on his first tour in 15 years. His itinerary took him to the most prestigious and beautiful venues in virtually every corner of the globe, mesmerizing and charming audiences with performances that were hailed as some of the best of his career. One dozen of Leonard Cohen’s most famous songs from those recent world tour performances are now collected on Songs from the Road.


1. Lover, Lover, Lover- Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel- September 24, 2009

2. Bird on the Wire- Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland- November 6, 2008

3. Chelsea Hotel –Royal Albert Hall, London, England- November 17, 2008

4. Heart With no Companion- Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany- November 2, 2008

5. That Don’t Make it Junk- O2 Arena, London, England- November 13, 2008

6. Waiting for the Miracle- HP Pavilion, San Jose, California- November 13, 2009

7. Avalanche - Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden- October 12, 2008

8. Suzanne - MEN Arena, Manchester, England –November 30, 2008

9. The Partisan-Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland- October 10, 2008

10. Famous Blue Raincoat - O2 Arena, London, England- November 13, 2008

11. Hallelujah - Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California- April 17, 2009

12. Closing Time - John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario- May 24, 2009

20:00 – 21:30: Live event @ Wahnfried: A TRIBUTE TO LEONARD COHEN BY ROGER LUCEY (R120.00pp pre-booking essential)

Hailing originally from Durban but now resident in Napier, Roger is a well-known musician and long-time Leonard Cohen fan. He promises an evening of special pleasure as he takes us through classic Cohen.

9.30pm - late night entertainment @ Carols Pub (free event, cash bar)


10:00 – 11:45: Film @ Wahnfried: LEONARD COHEN I’AM YOUR MAN (by donation at the door, advisable to pre-book your seat)

A documentary which chronicles the life and career of renowned Canadian balladeer and poet, Leonard Cohen. The bard of Montreal has written songs that have struck a chord with several generations now, and his influence on modern song writing carries arguably as much weight as a Dylan or a Van Morrison. In 2005, director Lian Lunson travelled to The Sydney Opera House to capture a concert called 'Came So Far for Beauty' - a tribute to Cohen performed by contemporary artists including Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright and Beth Orton. The film also features a unique performance of the Cohen classic 'I'm Your Man' with the man himself on vocal and U2 backing him. These performances are scattered with clips of Cohen in a candid and humorous interview.

12:30: LUNCHEON WITH LEONARD COHEN POETRY READINGS @ Tebaldi’s Restaurant, Temenos

(R200.00pp pre-bookings essential)

Enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by the staff of Tebaldi’s and enjoy readings of some of Cohen’s iconic poetry.

16:00 – 17:50: Film @ Wahnfried: BIRD ON A WIRE (by donation at the door, advisable to pre-book your seat)

Tony Palmer directs this film documenting Leonard Cohen's 1972 'Bird on a Wire' tour. The 20-city European tour, which began in Dublin on 18 March 1972 and ended on 21 April in Jerusalem, caught Cohen at the pinnacle of his career despite the concerts being plagued by technical and personal problems. Palmer splices Vietnam War footage and home movies from Cohen's childhood into the performance footage, creating a powerful testament to the singer's unique fusion of poetry and politics.

20:00 – 21:00: Live event @ Wahnfried: KOOS VAN DER MERWE singing Leonard Cohen songs (R120.00pp - pre-bookings essential)

Koos is a veteran of our Poetry in McGregor weekends and has delighted audiences with his Afrikaans versions of Leonard Cohen. This is a special event, and should not be missed!

From 21:00 late night entertainment @ Carols Pub (free event, cash bar)

SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017

10:00 – 12:45: Film @ Wahnfried: LEONARD COHEN LIVE IN LONDON (By donation at the door, advisable to pre-book your seat)

The septuagenarian singer-songwriter captured live at London's 02 Arena on July 17th 2008. This was Cohen's first tour for 15 years and both fans and critics alike were bowled over by the performances. The concert comprises 26 of his finest songs including 'Hallelujah', 'Suzanne', 'First We Take Manhattan', 'The Future', 'So Long, Marianne', 'Bird On the Wire' and 'Dance Me to the End of Love'.

Suggested donation for all films – R30.00pp

Bookings and queries: Jennifer Johnson – info@mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za / 023 625 1908 / 084 675 1164


Leonard Cohen “Poetry in McGregor” Package deal: R450.00 pp (includes 2 live shows, 1 luncheon and 4 films). Limited to 40 packages only. Spoil yourself and take it all in!



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