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Wednesday, September 9, 2015


(Rowan Bartlett & Marc Kay appear in “Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Adventure”)

There is something for everyone at the 23rd annual Hilton Arts Festival this September, held on the pristine grounds of Hilton College from September 17 to 20. The three day festival is bursting at the seams with magic, music, art and theatre – much of it suitable for family viewing.

The effervescent troop from the Actors Unemployed Company has a busy schedule; the company will be performing and giving workshops. Their two shows Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Adventure and Thrice Upon a Time whisk you away to magical lands on a mighty big odyssey where you will encounter Goldilocks and the three bears, three little pigs, Gary the Goblin and Barry Boulderfist. The professional actors will take you behind the curtains to reveal a few secrets with two workshops, Fun in the Shadows hosted by Marc Kay and Sarah Richard and Basic Performance Skills: Kids Workshop where Rowan Bartlett joins them.

For a high energy performance catch Tales of a Termite, written by Greig Coetzee featuring TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande. A unique piece of puppetry and object theatre, Just Here is billed as a must-see for the littlies, brought to the festival by Pillow Fort Productions, the company that created South Africa’s first professional show for one to four year olds.

Neil Coppen’s iconic Animal Farm is suitable for teenagers upwards; first-time Hilton visitors, Ash and Brad Searle will charm audiences in Big Boys and Bon Soir while Mo Magic will dazzle in his magical show Shaken not Stirred which also comes with a three course meal.

On the music front, the resident local lads from Hilton College will show off their skills performing two free concerts. On Saturday both the Hilton College Marimba Band and the Hilton College Jazz Band will perform in the morning, and in the Chapel the Hilton College choir will join forces with the talented lasses from Herschel Girls’ School from Cape Town for a choral performance entitled Lads and Lasses.

South Africa’s London girl, songstress Cat Simoni will give a performance singing favourite Disney tracks with current favourites such as songs from Frozen, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast as well as Jungle Book and Mary Poppins.

Finally, Aladdin’s De-Lite offers talented creators the opportunity to learn how to make beautiful pieces of art with the Pottery and Mosaic workshops they will host over the weekend. Parents can join them, and also learn how to make gorgeous home decor items.

There are two book stall options – with Exclusive Books and Bookworld – for bibliophiles to browse, and there are plenty of dining options so families won’t go hungry – and the market stalls have plenty of family friendly merchandise for littlies to spend their pocket money! 

There is a bumper Jongosi schools arts festival embedded in the main festival, for high schools and primary schools to have a tailor-made package ahead of the main event, which takes place over two days: September 17 for Primary Schools and September 18 for High Schools.

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