So much more than you ever imagined at Hilton Festival!

Visual Art Takes Flight at Hilton Arts Festival
August 5, 2019
Hilton Arts Festival Bookings Open
August 12, 2019

There is something for everybody, it’s amazing and varied…237 events!!

The Festival Director, Sue Clarence, has just spent a happy hour calculating the intricacies and magnitude of the festival. Faced with these statistics, she challenges anyone to say that there is nothing for them.  There are:

  • 237 scheduled events: plays, concerts, music revues, talks, workshops, demonstrations, street theatre performances, live music, films, wine and bubbles tastings … in 23 venues;
  • 91 visual artists in 6 different venues;
  • 5 exhibitions in 5 venues;
  • 38 spots to get coffee, food and snacks
  • 125 bespoke craft stalls

All these are within walking distance from each other. Park safely once only!

Entrance to the grounds is free.

Live music is free : The Stella Festival Marquee and the Crookes Craft Beet Bistro.

All art exhibitions are free.

All street theatre is free.

The Kidzone  will keep small people happy …and it’s carefully positioned for Mums and Dads to have a coffee or even a sip of something stronger

In fact, the vibe is FREE…so come along. Be prepared for all weather.

Is there any reason to stay at home?

The Hilton Arts Festival, now in its 27th takes place from 13 to 15 September in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg.

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 or contact the Festival Office on or 033 383 0127.

The Festival is presented by Hilton College and tiso blackstar in  association with  Grindrod, Black Coffee, Extreme Events, DWR,  Absa, Bidvest Car Rental, FNB, KZN Dept of Art & Culture,  BASA, Southern Sun PMB, Stella Artois, Redlands Hotel,  Martizburg Sun, Caxton, SA Artist, Loud Crowd Media, Sappi.

Photographs by Jonathan Burton

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