Green light for Hilton Arts Festival

Craft stalls and art are always widely spread throughout the Hilton College grounds at the annual Hilton Arts Festival.


IT’S already all-systems-go for this year’s Hilton Arts Festival, the organisers of which are calling for artists, crafters, food traders, performers, musicians, singers and comedians for the 28th annual event, which is always a highlight of the KwZulu-Natal arts and crafts calendar.

Scheduled to run at various venues in the picturesque grounds of Hilton College from September 11 to 13, the Hilton Arts Festival is taking applications for the event which has garnered a reputation of being the top spot for visual artists in the province.

All applications will be considered by a selection committee and successful artists will be housed in three exclusive marquees as well as in the Grindrod Bank Theatre foyer, says a festival spokesman, adding that places are limited so as to avoid over-trading and overcrowding in these exhibition areas.

The Hilton Arts Festival is calling for crafters, food traders and performers for this year’s event.

“The festival hosts a quality, bespoke craft market that prides itself in not being a fleamarket. Apply now for a stand if you sell homemade goods and foodstuffs, vintage goods, fun festival fare, plants or something original and exciting,m” says the spokesman.

“Food traders selling good food will be considered.  The organisers are looking for the original and the unusual, as well as a variety to satisfy all tastes.”

The Hilton Arts Festival has gained a strong reputation for the quality theatre, music and comedy it hosts, as well as for its arts-related lectures, workshops and movie screenings.

All application details are to be found on

The full festival programme is expected to be made available on Friday, August 14, at open on August 17.

The event is presented by Hilton College in association with Grindrod Bank, Absa, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR,  Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Art & Culture,  Durban Youth  Radio, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Redlands Hotel,  Maritizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi and Chilli Source.


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