Hilton Arts Festival programme

A scene from the Lara Foot-directed Baxter production, Karoo Moose, which is a must-see at the Hilton Arts Festival this year.


THE full online programme for the 25th Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College, running from September 15 to 17, will appear tomorrow (August 21) on the festival website, when bookings will also open.

The website for the top event of the year on the KwaZulu-Natal arts calendar is www.hiltonfestival.co.za

In addition to booking opening online via the website, tickets for the various shows can also be booked during office hours at the Hilton College Theatre box-office.

Free programmes will also be available at the following outlets from August 21:

Exclusive Books, Liberty Mall; Bookworld, Cascades; Tatham Art Gallery; Zulululu Art House @ Piggly Wiggly; Chocolate Heaven in the Junction; Hilton College Theatre.
SPARS: Parklane; Mills in Hayfields; Quarry Centre Hilton; Greendale Howick

SPARS:  Hillcrest Richdens; Hillcrest KwikSPAR; Waterfall SuperSPAR; Maytime KwikSPAR; Village SPAR Kloof; Westville SuperSPAR;

Adams Musgrave; KZNSA Gallery; artSPACE; Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Artisan Gallery Florida Road; Rhumbelow Theatre Umbilo;
SPARS: Avonmore Avondale Rd; Glenwood Che Guevara Rd; Holdens Florida Road

Exclusive Books La Lucia; Exclusive Books Gateway.
SPARS: Kensington Kensington Drive; Lifestyles Ballito; Mount Edgecombe Flanders Drive; Ridge, Village Road; Sunningdale; Umhlanga Ridge Rd, Umhlanga and  Eastmans, Glenashley.

Greig Coetzee’s glorious one-hander tragic-comedy, The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy, will be performed by Francis Mennigke.

The festival invites the crème-de-la-crème of what is hot and happening in the creative industries in South Africa: theatre, dance, comedy, musical theatre, family theatre, classical music, music revue, band-music, visual art and crafts, as well as a series of mind-scape lectures, events and discussions.

Among the productions making their way to KwaZulu-Natal are Hedwig and the Angry Inch (a scoop from Cape Town) starring Paul du Toit and Genna Galloway.

Also not to be missed are the Lara Foot-directed, Baxter productions, Karoo Moose and The Inconvenience of Wings, both of which are multi-award-winning productions. These three productions represent three different genres and are a prime example of what the festival strives to achieve as the leading arts event in KwaZulu-Natal.

Comedy lovers will not be disappointed by  Mamba Republic; three different stand-up shows headlined by John Vlismas, and the irrepressible 2017 version of Raiders – a show that has been a number one hit in Grahamstown for nearly 30 years.

Music lovers are well catered for as well. There are serious concerts in the Chapel; a tribute to the great war-time star, Vera Lynn – A Nightingale Sang; music revues; Ian von Memerty’s Keyboard Killers and a tribute to Paul Simon by The Black Lapels.

Comedienne Annalakshmi will be part of the comedy line-up at the Hilton Arts Festival.

Smaller, more experimental theatre, will be represented by a collective of managements and will include actors James Cairns, Tarryn Bennett, work by Jenine Collocot, Tara Notcutt and Peter Mitchell. Their work includes The Old Man and The Sea (by the makers of The Snow Goose), The Devil and Billy Markham, Making Mandela, After Dark and The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy.   

There is a carefully curated range of art exhibitions this year: a showcase of the work of legendary Italian film director and screenwriter, Federico Fellini; the Living Art Exhibition hosted by Grant Woods and Tony Durrheim; A Life Less Ordinary – images of Nelson Mandela by Matthew Willman, and the International Photo Exhibition.

The Hilton Arts Festival will offer a range of dining options for festival goers again this year – from fabulous Steam Punk coffee, to unhurried Bistro dining to gentle music (to be managed this year by Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine, based in Hilton);  to the lively Castle Lite SAB Beer tent with a myriad food stall options and a music stage, to interesting healthy vegetarian fare.

There are two mini festivals embedded in the main programme: The Jongosi Festival  takes place on Friday, September 15, and has a carefully selected age-appropriate programme aimed at Grades 6 to 10; and Assetej hosts a programme of theatre for young audiences.

All enquiries to (033) 383 0126 / 7 or festival@hiltoncollege.com.

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