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Tuesday, September 3, 2019


(Jem Atkins from On Fire Comedy (“Scared Scriptless”, Rob van Vuuren’s “Again”) and Kwazi Mhlongo (“I Grandi Tenori in Concert”) are packing their suitcases, getting on their skateboards and heading to Hilton!)

Next stop…. Hilton Arts Festival!

With just over a week to go, people are packing their bags …. but where …. or if … to stay over is the burning question.

Many of the country’s top theatre-makers and artists will be heading to the KZN Midlands for the annual Hilton Arts Festival from September 13 to 15, 2019, which offers an artistic smorgasbord from serious music to stand-up comedy and everything in between. So make your plans, get onto your skateboard and head to Hilton!

Although many people choose to stay over in the scenic KZN Midlands, please remember that it is not really that far away – it is only an hour and 10 minutes from Central Durban and it is perfectly possible to drive up for the day only.

So if the additional cost of accommodation is putting you off, be a day tripper. Leave Durban by 08h00, get to Hilton in good time for the 10h00 show, pack in a full day of  drama, music, art and craft and be home again for a good night’s sleep. If you had a brilliant day … come again the next day!

Remember, that even if you are only there for the day, bring clothing for all climates.

The organisers are often asked by patrons where to stay. The KZN Midlands is filled with hotels, hostelries, B&B’s and Air BnB’s. The choice is varied and there is something to suit everyone’s needs.  This link will lead you to a selection of places approved by Hilton College as being of a good standard:

Also take advice from the Midlands Meander on where to stay.

The Hilton Arts Festival runs from September 13 to 15, 2019, in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg. The Jongosi Youth programme runs on Friday September 13 and all enquiries are on

Bookings for the festival itself are open online – - where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available. You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure. All queries on 033 383 0126 /

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in association with Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR, Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture, BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel, Maritzburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.