Performing arts is an integral part of South African culture. For theatre lovers, September is the time to book flights to Durban and be a part of the Witness Hilton Arts Festival! Durban is celebrating this grand event since 1991, and in 2014, this four-day event is scheduled from 18th to 21st September at Hilton College. Take your pick from various genres – comedy, drama, cabaret and music – to name a few. Tickets for all shows are available on official website. Besides numerous theatre plays, the fest also boasts attractions and activities for various interests. Here are few prominent highlights of The Hilton Arts Festival.
The PerSPECtive Art Exhibition
This spectacular art exhibition is an incredible opportunity to admire captivating creations of 50 artists with varied specialties and skill set. You can take a look at magnificent oil paintings, pottery work, photography and wild life drawing. The artistic vibe of the event is enhanced by live music scene. From 19th to 21st September, you can listen to soothing melodies of popular bands from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South Africa.
If you are looking for a prized memento, this market cannot be ignored. Around 150 crafters from various regions will sell high quality handmade products at this market. One can easily find numerous innovative Christmas gifts here. Craft Marquee is easily accessible from The PerSPECtive Art Exhibition and Bell Tower. Travellers with kids must spend some time at Topsy Turvy Kids Area. Hit Peanut Butter and Jam sandwiches whenever you are hungry! Few popular crafters that are participating in this Durban event are Ardmore Ceramics, Aladdin’s-De-Light Studio, Groundcover Leather Company and Sterling’s Wrought Iron.
Every attraction of this event does not require tickets. There are several workshops where you can participate for free and learn several new things while mingling with people of various ethnicities. ‘Skills in Performance’ is a popular workshop for actors and musicians. This workshop starts at 1315 hrs on Friday. Travellers, who have already disembarked flights in Durban, can also consider being part of Every Little Step and The Difference between an Actor and a Pizza.