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Thursday, July 27, 2023



(Above: Graham Hopkins & Fiona Ramsay appear in “Hansard”. Pic supplied)

Now in its 31st year, the annual Hilton Arts Festival is still packing a punch. 

It will be held at Hilton College, just outside Pietermaritzburg, from August 11-13, 2023.


(“Horn of Sorrow”: Menzi Mkhwane, Mpilo “Straw” Nzimande, Asanda Khathi, Mthokozisi Zulu, Nkosikhona Dube & Kaylee McIlroy. Directed by Brendan Grealy. Pic supplied)


It is the largest festival in KZN and one of the leading festivals in SA. 

This year’s event will take place five weeks earlier than usual, which organisers hope will result in better weather for visitors.

(Below: Ben Voss & John van de Ruit appear in “Mamba Proudly SA”. Pic supplied)


“Our aim is to bring the pick of SA theatre to KZN over the weekend,” says artistic director, Sue Clarence.  “It isn’t simply a drama festival; there are dollops of comedy, music of several different genres, an extensive fine art exhibition, exciting arts related workshops, fun activities for kids, upmarket craft and a collection of classic cars - from a vintage Rolls Royce to modern Ferraris. 

"There is live music, street theatre and a wide variety of food on sale. Naturally, there is a beer tent as well!”

(Right: Nozuko Teto (Soprano), & Wayne Mkhize (Tenor) with Andri Potgieter (Piano) present a varied recital programme of operatic and popular songs in “Operatic and African Classics”. Pic supplied)

To view the full programme, visit