Arts festival looking for vendors

2019-03-20 06:01
Measuring out spots for the various arts and craft stall holders ahead of the Hilton Arts Festival are (from left) Sheryl Hodkin (Hilton College Theatre); Mike Miller (craft market layout, from Spectrum Services); Sue Clarence (Hilton Arts Festival director) and Duncan Bonella (Hilton Arts Festival logistics manager for Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors).PHOTO: supplied

Measuring out spots for the various arts and craft stall holders ahead of the Hilton Arts Festival are (from left) Sheryl Hodkin (Hilton College Theatre); Mike Miller (craft market layout, from Spectrum Services); Sue Clarence (Hilton Arts Festival director) and Duncan Bonella (Hilton Arts Festival logistics manager for Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors).PHOTO: supplied

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ARTISTS and crafters interested in exhibiting at the region’s foremost arts festival are invited to apply to the 2019 Hilton Arts Festival. Applications are now open for interested art exhibitors and craft stall holders, as well as vendors offering fresh and unusual food options.

With a riveting programme of art already secured, potential exhibitors wanting to be a part of this year’s festival have from March 1 until the end of April to get their applications in. Successful artists, crafters and food vendors will be notified by the end of May.

In a quest to continually make the festival contemporary, relevant and interesting, spaces for art exhibitions will be a slightly reconfigured from previous years. Artist applicants are welcome to suggest where they would like to exhibit (subject to availability and selection committee choices).

The venues on offer are the Bell Tower and Churchill Tents; Memorial Hall foyer, five walls within the Grindrod Bank Theatre foyer; and in the Raymond Slater Library. The Normand Dunn Gallery is by invitation only and is already allocated.

The craft market will also be slightly different this year — the intention is to bring it back to its original brief, and consider first and foremost quality handcrafted, bespoke, unusual and vintage goods of interest.

Complementing this will be artisanal food stuffs such as preserves, pickles, breads and cheeses; and plants and flowers. In response to the new parameters, the number of stalls will decrease slightly and the layout will be completely refreshed.

The Wild Garden Tent will be for crafters and food outlets only, with a satellite bar. There will be a family-friendly area with jumping castles and kiddies entertainment alongside the craft area. First-time crafters who haven’t exhibited before are especially welcome to apply.

The festival committee is also looking for food traders offering innovative and unusual food — ideally fresh and locally sourced. Priority will also be given to vegetarian, vegan and healthy options.

The festival once more celebrates the best of South Africa’s magnificent art, theatre, music and the live experience. This year promises to be no different, with an exciting line up of some of the country’s most sought-after art exhibitions complementing a myriad productions and shows.

Festival dates are September 13-15. The programme will appear in KZN copies of The Sunday Times on Sunday, August 11. Booking opens on August 12, and the programme will be live on the festival website from the morning of August 12. For more info, for rates and the application forms, visit www.hiltonfestival.co.za or contact the Festival Office on admin@hiltonfestival.co.za or 033 383 0127. — Supplied.

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