KZN Bot Gardens ready to stage Art in the Park

2019-05-01 06:00
Browse and buy art in the peaceful surroundings of the KZN National Botanical Gardens at this year’s Art in the Park. PHOTO: lelo shezi

Browse and buy art in the peaceful surroundings of the KZN National Botanical Gardens at this year’s Art in the Park. PHOTO: lelo shezi

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THE KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg is delighted to have hosted Art in the Park, with success, for the past three years.

In readiness for the event, the garden has refurbished some of its facilities for the benefit of the patrons and Art in the Park.

Facilities refurbished include renovations of the ablution facilities, painting of the buildings, a new security company and bringing a cleaning service on board.

The restaurant will be in operation during Art in the Park and the Kingfisher Lake area has been revamped and is open to patrons.

The art will be displayed in the picturesque London plane tree avenue.

Sthembile Zondi, curator at the Botanical Gardens, said: “This year we are most definitely ready for Art in the Park and the vibe that it brings to the garden. We look forward to a most successful event once again.

“The Art in the Park plays a huge role in tourism in the Pietermaritzburg area because of the audience it attracts, while it also benefits the garden greatly through exposure as one of the key outdoor tourist attraction in the KZN Midlands.

“The event gives our artists a great platform to showcase their talents in the most pleasant and tranquil of venues, which should play a huge part in the sales, as the environment is safe and welcoming.” Zondi said that the organisers were looking forward to seeing a growth in the number of artists and new talents being developed due to the availability of platforms like Art in the Park.

“Sanbi KZN National Botanical Garden wishes well all the organisers who are working tirelessly towards making this event the greatest success in all their marketing campaigns. We also hope for great weather and mostly great sales during the Art in the Park festival.”

Art in the Park will run from May 1 to 5. Show times are 10 am to 8 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm on the Friday and Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on the Sunday. Entry is R40, children below 12 enter free. School groups are welcome by prior arrangement.

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