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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


(Pic taken at last year’s festival by Jonathan Burton)

Deadline Crafters: May 26, 2017
Deadline Exhibitors: June 9, 2017

Artists and crafters interested in exhibiting at the region’s foremost arts festival are invited to apply to the 2017 Hilton Arts Festival which takes place from September 15 to 17 at Hilton College. Applications are now open for interested art exhibitors and craft stall holders.

With a riveting programme of art already secured, potential exhibitors wanting to be a part of this year’s festival have until June 9 to get their applications in.

The closing date for crafters to request a stall area is May 26.

The festival celebrates a quarter of a century sharing the best of South Africa’s magnificent art, theatre, music and so much more. And this year promises to be no different, with an exciting line up of some of the country’s most sought-after art exhibitions.

“We are taking art to a whole new level,” stated Festival Director Sue Clarence. “The festival has secured the opportunity to showcase the work of legendary Italian film director and screenwriter, Federico Fellini. We will be hosting a selection of his drawings and movies as one of the festival highlights this year.

“We are excited to be welcoming an innovative interactive arts experience in the form of a fabulous Living Art Exhibition hosted by Grant Woods and Tony Durrheim. Every day they will alternate and do a 45 minute live painting session, during which they will talk you through their techniques and share some of their skills, ideas and influences.

“Festival-goers can enjoy a phenomenal exhibition by Matthew Willman. With kind permission from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, commissioned photographer to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, photographer Matthew Willman brings his astonishing solo exhibition A Life Less Ordinary for us to enjoy some never-before seen images of one of the greatest men to ever live. The exhibition details photographic works from Mandela’s birthplace, the infamous Rivonia Trial, life on Robben Island and private moments shared with Mandela during the last 10 years of his retirement.

“Another photography exhibition that looks to be magnificent is the International Photo Exhibition that takes up the whole library. Freelance journalist and photographer, and founder of Africa Media Online, David Larson is curating this wonderful selection of global work,” she concludes.

The festival will have two art tents alongside the Bell Tower which will be part of the free public spaces that festival-goers are invited to enjoy. There will also be a brand new exhibition area in the Campbell building.

For more information for rates, and the application forms visit or contact the Festival Office on 033 383 0127.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee, DWR, PWC, Bidvest Car Rental, Indwe Risk Services, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, Zultrans, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, BASA, Castle Lite and Caxton.