Rain, cold and great shows

2016-09-28 06:00
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THE 24th annual Hilton Arts Festival brought through large numbers of festival-goers ready to be entertained by the variety of shows available.

“Numbers through the gate were up by 2000 and despite the damp and cool weather, still over 10 000 tickets were sold,” said the festival’s Su Huggett.

“There was an unusual large crowd on Saturday. The festival this year saw an increase in comedy, such as shows by Mark Banks, Rob van Vuuren and the Searle Brothers which all enjoyed enthusiastic audiences. We were delighted that the more unusual festival fare did well; productions like One Man One Light; talks by music connoisseur, Richard Haslop; the art installation, Bird Fish; the delicate non-verbal puppet production, Dallae Story from Korea. These were all extraordinarily well received,” said festival director, Sue Clarence.

She added that Fiona Ramsay, Pieter Dirk Uys, Bo Petersen, Dr John Kani and Graham Weir, the established national theatre fraternity, were also well supported and had appreciative audiences.

It was the perfect weather for good music and the music line-up was much enjoyed. Richard Cock in his various programmes, Christopher Duigan and the Music Revival Series and concerts by the provinces’ two orchestras, the KZN Philharmonic and the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra, were a treat to all.

“The productions on offer at the Hilton Arts Festival have all been selected carefully and staged previously allowing audiences to enjoy works of excellence. There is a good spread of quality theatre, dance and music throughout the festival, and a wide range of non-pretentious accessible art,’ said respected art administrator, Ismail Mahomed.

“We are all looking towards the future and will continue to encourage corporate support of the festival to underwrite the ticket prices so that the productions can be more affordable for all the people of KZN. Put in your diary that our 25th anniversary will be from 15 to 17 September next year,” said Clarence. - Supplied

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