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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


The 26th annual Hilton Festival runs from September 14 to 16, 2018. Applications are now open for all visual artists and crafters to apply online. Don't delay!

The Hilton Arts Festival aims to bring the pick of quality South African theatre and music to KZN for the weekend. This is accompanied by approximately 200 craft stalls and 60 visual art exhibitions. Great care is taken to maintain a high quality and variety of work. Crafters should offer hand-made products. The food village prides itself in selling a great variety of healthy, nutritious meals including many vegetarian options.

The festival takes place in the grounds of the impressive Hilton College in the KZN Midlands. Entry to the grounds is free and there is no commission charged on sales. Footfall is about 25,000 people over three days. Trading hours are from 08h00 to 20h00 on September 14 and 15 and from 08h00 to 16h00 on September 16. Food vendors tend to stay open longer and coffee outlets tend to open really early!

Online applications for visual artists and crafters are open on

Once applications close and all applications are approved, stand allocation will take place. Although specific requests for positions are always taken into consideration, these cannot be guaranteed. Crafters include all those wishing to sell food. Crafters have the option of renting a stand with or without electricity; within a small tent; within the large craft tent adjacent to the visual art tents; within the Art Block, Buzz Room area; and in the Raymond Slater Library. Visual artists can select between the two large art marquees; within the Art Block; Buzz Room area; and in the Centenary Centre and Raymond Slater Library. All details are on the website.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Department of Arts & Culture, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, BASA, Castle Lite, and Capital Media.

For more information visit or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow on Twitter @HiltonFest, Instagram or download the free APP Hilton Arts Festival for both Android and IOS.

All enquiries on 033 383 0127. For arts & crafts email

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Ticket booking enquiries FROM MID AUGUST ONLY - on 033 383 0126 or