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The Lara Foot directed, Baxter production The Inconvenience of Wings will be at the Hilton Festival. Supplied. The Lara Foot directed, Baxter production The Inconvenience of Wings will be at the Hilton Festival.

KwaZulu-Natal’s premier art festival 25 years old

August 21, 2017

Jani Herbst

Durban, South Africa: The largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal, the Hilton Arts Festival will once again be hosted in the picturesque Hilton College from September 15 to 17.

Established in 1993, the festival aims to bring the pick of South Africa’s quality performing art to the province.

The festival has invited the crème-de-la-crème of the creative industries in South Africa hosting 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 on show will be Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Paul du Toit and Genna Galloway. Also not to be missed are the multi award winning productions directed by Lara Foot, Baxter productions, Karoo Moose and The Inconvenience of Wings. These 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 too can look forward 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 thirty years.

For music lovers 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.

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. And festival goers will be spoilt for choice when looking for something sumptuous to eat and drink – from fabulous Steam Punk coffee, to unhurried Bistro dining to gentle music to the lively Castle Lite SAB Beer tent with a myriad food stall to interesting healthy vegetarian fare.

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

This primary aim is enhanced by all other aspects of the festival: art exhibitions, quality craft, food and drink, live music. It offers the opportunity to showcase the cream of South African theatre and to support South African writing.

For more info visit http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za/ or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest, Instagram or download our free APP Hilton Arts Festival for both Android and IOS.

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Last modified onMonday, 21 August 2017 13:48