Art in the Park aiming to turn over R2 million this year

2011-05-17 00:00

THE Nashua-sponsored Art in the Park is close to its half- century this year with its 49th outing at Alexandra Park from June 1 to 5.

“This year we are aiming to top R2 million in turnover,” said Bunny Bhoola, chairperson of Pietermaritzburg Tourism, speaking at the media launch in the Bessie Head Library gardens yesterday.

Nashua’s Nad Naidoo said his company’s sponsorship brings entertainment to the city while fostering and encouraging budding artists.

Raj Govender, chief director of Arts and Culture in KZN, said the event provides “a winning recipe for developing artists to showcase their talents and sell their work”.

This year’s developmental artist is Bheki Kambule, who won the Nivea Art Start Award in 2008. His work was part of the Living in KZN group show at the Art Space Berlin Gallery in Germany.

Among the artists at yesterday’s launch was Arthur Orme (94), who will be exhibiting for the 10th time. He is the oldest exhibitor.

Musical entertainment for Art in the Park will be supplied by the St. Nicholas Steel Drum Band, Bear Hansen and the Chain Breakers Band, and musicians Jesus Alonso, Erin Fourie, Tracy Stark, Chris Jensen, Rowan Stuart and Jasper.

Perennial favourite Mark “The Fiddler” Shonau will be strolling around playing his violin.

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