Big Boost for Hilton Arts Festival’s Jongosi Youth Programme

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Jongosi, the Hilton Arts Festival’s Youth Programme has two exciting developments this year.

The aim of Jongosi is embodied in the very name. The late, great Johnny Clegg invented the word “Jongosi” from the Afrikaans “jong os” signifying everything that is young, powerful and strong. He granted permission for the Hilton Arts Festival to name the youth programme Jongosi to be sure that it remained true to these core values.

Thanks to the generosity of two sponsors, the 2019 programme is stronger and more powerful than ever.  First National Bank and DWR Distribution (stage and event lighting equipment from the world’s top manufacturers)  have dug deep into their pockets to make sure that learners from schools in socio-economically depressed areas can attend Jongosi. The selected schools are Umthoqotho School and Thembelihle Primary School.  Learners will attend a day of theatre, music, comedy, art, workshops and talks in a vibrant atmosphere. International research has proved, beyond any doubt, that exposure to and education in the arts results in more balanced, happier, strategic thinking citizens.  The Hilton Arts Festival wishes to thank FNB and DWR for their generosity.

FNB has also made another wonderfully exciting opportunity available to the Jongosi programme. Under the supervision of iainEWOKrobinson, well known professional painter and aerosol artwork specialist, learners will be given a chance to try their hands at graffiti. Armed with cans of aerosol paint, they will graffiti a large wall at Hilton College.  Participants must be prepared to be imaginative, creative, climb scaffolding and get their hands dirty!  The workshop promises to provide a unique addition to the creative arsenal of any young, aspiring artist.  At the end of the day, iainEWOKrobinson will add the finishing touches to this graffiti wall creating a unified piece of art with a strong message.  FNB is to be congratulated on making this interactive , educational and fun project possible.

The Hilton Arts Festival runs from 13 to 15 September in the grounds of Hilton College, near Pietermartizburg. The Jongosi Youth programme runs of Friday 13 September and all enquiries are on

Bookings for the festival itself are open online –  – where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available.   You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure.  All queries on 033 383 0126 /

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.

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