Looking for a way to celebrate the awe-inspiring talent of South African artists? The Knysna Art Festival 2018 is just the place to do it!
From the Monday the 19th until Saturday the 24th of February 2018, the sleepy town of Knysna will flourish with art, drama and music. The Knysna Arts Festival 2018 is made up of there different mediums: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and the Fringe, each of which offers something unique and bound to impress. Here we’ll detail what you can expect, and what you should be sure to look out for.
This year showcases an array of visual artists in the form of painters, sketches and sculptures. Browse the exceptional talent of over 28 artists in a number of locations around Knysna. Look out for the stunning seascapes of Sally Bekker, the atmospheric country scenes of Peter Barrett, or the jaw-dropping life size sculptures by Italia Greig. For more on what to expect, take a look at the list of featured artists here.
Make sure not to miss the two main performances at this year’s Knysna Art Festival: El Blanco Tales of the Mariachi and the Snow Goose.
El Blanco Tales of the Mariachi
This show-stopping performance piece by Gwydion Beynon, weaves a tale of a man trying to earn the title of ‘mariachi’. Through music and storytelling, El Blanco presents a theatrical masterpiece that deals with truth, lies and the struggle of pursuing your dreams. This critically acclaimed play starring James Cairns won the Golden Ovation Award and the Pebble Trust Bursary in 2015, so will undoubtedly make for a fun-filled Friday night.
Date: Friday 23 February
Location: Premier Hotel
The Snow Goose
An adaptation of the classic Paul Gallico novel, Snow Goose is a story of unlikely friendship that takes place in the 1930’s in Essex. This heart-warming play explores themes of friendship, compassion and kindness and is a fine example of what theatre can achieve in this country.
Location: Premier Hotel
Date: Saturday 24 February 2017
On the Fringe
With a number of different events from the 21st until the 23rd of February, the On the Fringe section of the festival offers workshops and talks across a wide range of topics. Learn more about Art Therapy and it’s usefulness in the wake of the Knysna fires, or the fine art of artisan bread making. There really is something for everyone, so take a look at the schedule here.
Take a look at the Art Route here for a better idea of the best spots to be. Make sure to stop by Turbine Boutique Hotel to take a look at the exceptional art collection. Better yet, book your Knysna Art Festival accommodation with Turbine Hotel & Spa and experience the arts and culture from a luxurious base on Thesen Island. Contact us today!
Image Credit: Italia Greig, Peter Barrett, www.knysnaartfestival.co.za, Sally Bekker