This year there is music in every single venue at the Festival!
South Africans need cheering up and what better way to do this but with music. The organisers have just realised that, for the first time ever, there is music to be heard in all eleven performance venues.
Starting with what’s free to the public. The Stella Artois Festival Marquee and The Stella Bistro play host to none less than Verandah Panda (Fri evening), Philani Ngidi & the Afro Divas (Sat lunch and evening), John Ellis (Fri eve), The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters (Sat eve) …would the festival be the festival without them? …, The Jazz Minkeys (Sun lunch) and, for the first time (also Sun lunch) the fantastic Qadasi. AKA, David Jenkins, was not available last week such was the media demand for his comments on the late, great Johnny Clegg. Come ad join in the vibe, grab yourself some food from no fewer than 20 foodie stalls, get a drink and celebrate.
There are three venues totally devoted to music this year – a first in the Festival’s 27 year history. Just within these three, you can choose from classical – Christopher Cockburn , Andrew Warburton, Charl du Plessis and Christopher Duigan will all play concerts. See them all, they are scheduled so you can! Indulge in Bonjour Monsieur Brel or A Star is Born (celebrating Judy Garland), be sure to book for the 4th in the Knot series by Durban’s own Rat Pack – this year it is Knot Again! Chill with Erin Fourie and Ladies Sing the Blues, favourites Anthony Stonier and Karen Campbell-Gillies in Thanks for the Melodies, song bird Shelley McLean in Life is a Stage and much-loved Sam Landers, Anthony Downing and Evan Roberts in Some Enchanted Evening. This does not mean you cannot listen to the wonderful Natalie Rungan in Concert, KZN’s own Dave Starke’s tribute to Leonard Cohen or up and coming star (SA’s Got Talent), Marianthe Panas in Duo.
And there’s more…. Who remembers Jervis Pennington and the Soft Shoes? He’s back! See him in An Extraordinary Ordinary Life. Durban’s popular Black Lapels present The Hits. And that’s not to mention no less than four theatrical musical offerings: Bonsoir (sexy and French), Offbeat Broadway (very Broadway), Spanish Fire (guitar and flamenco) and The Man and The Mouse (yes…that’s Walt Disney and Mickey!)
Before you are music-ed out, be sure to catch Richard Haslop in The Listening Lounge (Fleur de Lys Club) for those with eclectic and unusual musical tastes – he’s presenting three sessions for you!
For details of all of the above, please refer to the website for details after 11 August.
The Hilton Arts Festival, now in its 27th takes place from 13 to 15 September.
The full programme will appear in KZN copies of The Sunday Times on Sunday 11 August. Booking opens on 12 August, and the programme will be live on the festival website from the morning of 12 August. For more info visit www.hiltonfestival.co.za or contact the Festival Office on email@example.com or 033 383 0127.
The Hilton Arts Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar group, in association with Grindrod Bank; Black Coffee; Extreme Events; DWR; Bidvest Car Rental; Stella Artois; BASA; the KZN Department of Arts and Culture; Tsogo Sun; Redlands Hotel; FNB; the Caxton Group; Maritzburg Sun; Loud Crowd Media, The SA Artist and Sappi.