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Tuesday, August 17, 2021


No 2021 event but Youth programme continues to carry the flag!

The Hilton Arts Festival is sad to announce that the decision has been made not to run a major event this year.

“We left the decision as late as possible in the hopes that the Covid pandemic would be less severe by September,” said Sue Clarence, the Festival Director. “However, in the light of the Covid situation right now, it would not be socially responsible to go ahead with this year’s event. The generous donations via our crowd-funding campaign will make for a great event next year. Let’s all live carefully but in hope!”

“Hilton College has been greatly saddened by the cancellation of the 2021 festival but circumstances beyond everyone’s control have brought us all to this point. We treasure the opportunity that the festival gives us to support the arts and provide employment across a range of industries. With next year being the 30th anniversary of the Hilton Arts Festival, and the 150th anniversary of our school, we’re excited to make the 2022 event the best yet!” said Paul Venter, Director of Arts and Culture at Hilton College.

However, all is not entirely lost for 2021. The Jongosi Youth programme has been postponed, rather than cancelled. Schools involved will be contacted privately. Furthermore, Jongosi also has an extra, new and exciting format, with a dynamic new sponsor. Watch the media for an announcement soon.


“Help us turn off the ghost light and bring back the spotlight.”

The management of the annual Hilton Arts Festival is appealing to public and corporates to support an international crowd funding appeal through Back-a-Buddy to enable the festival to continue in the light of diminished arts funding due to Covid.

Wanting meaningfully to support the Hilton Festival going forward, top Durban creative agency, Whalley and Associates, put up their hand to help. To this end, they have offered marketing support and have made a video featuring some of the industry’s finest: John Kani, Athol Fugard, Nthati Moshesh, Ismail Mahomed, Fiona Ramsay, Bheki Mkhwane, Gcina Mhlophe, Amra-Faye Wright, Greig Coetzee, David Qadasi Jenkins and others who have all added their voice and support to the campaign.

To view the video go to or follow the Festival on Facebook - @Hiltonartsfest, Instagram - hiltonartsfest, and Twitter @HiltonArtsFest

The click to donate button is highly visible and easy to use. No amount is too small …or too large!

Another option is to click on the Hilton Art Festival button to the right of this article which will direct you to the website.