Sip and paint, novel way to keep social distancing

Gin label shows socialising without contact is doable

Zakes Bantwini advised people to have their drinks in a safe private space where they don’t have to move around
Zakes Bantwini advised people to have their drinks in a safe private space where they don’t have to move around
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For those who have tried their hardest to adhere to protocols of social distancing and avoiding crowds this year, there is certainly a much needed excuse for turning up this festive.

Proving to be a creative solution, this past week Bombay Gin hosted a sip and paint event that proved there are many safe ways to share cocktails without the fear of catching Covid-19.

Sprawled across the gorgeous green lawns of Peech Hotel in Melrose, Johannesburg were A-listers and influencers alike looking to stir up creativity through a paint and sip that would unlock one’s inner Van Gogh or Frida Khalo.

Hosted by the art studio Artjamming who offered a menu of canvasses and colourful paints the evening was an trippy turn up without the mess of a boozy night out.

With covid restrictions changing the way we imbibe, we spoke to three celebs who attended the event about how they think we can all enjoy a festive season under lockdown. 

Zakes Bantiwni, musician, said: “I think everyone knows all the messages we have received about social distancing and what we need to do to stay safe. I would advise people to have their drinks in a safe private space where they don’t have to move around.”

Bridget Masinga, radio host and actress, said: “It doesn’t get safer than staying at home with family and friends. You can still be festive and have that air of merriment by turning the space around you into something a little bit special. A little bit of a decoration here and there – bit of pizzazz and razzle-dazzle – and suddenly you are in a different environment. Lockdown has allowed me to appreciate my home.”

Cantara Farouk said: “There’s nothing like keeping an easy chilled vibe. Just having a drink that can let the juices flow and have a conversation going and you will get to know a different part of the person you are with that you would never have experienced having brunch at some restaurant.”

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