Arts: Bumper Hilton festival

2010-09-21 00:00

FINE weather and an exciting line-up of theatrical performances contributed to the record turnout at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival at the weekend.

“Jongosi”, a special day for students on Friday, was an exceptional success with more than 27 schools participating, most of them from Gauteng.

Over 20 000 visitors came through the gates at the weekend, and local hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants all benefitted from the record attendance.

Swan Lake, the Witnessflagship production, was perhaps the most daring venture for this year’s festival. Choreographed by Dada Masilo (who also danced the leading role), Swan Lake was a new take on ballet that received standing ovations.

The main festival, which included productions by award-winning actor Andrew Buckland, Ben Voss of Beauty fame and the irrepressible husband-and-wife team of Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert in Reality Bites, was 84% sold out by Saturday evening.

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