The Hilton Arts Festival Diarise this

2016-07-06 06:00
PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Hilton College drama pupils (from left) George Papageorgiu, Ethan Way, Jordan McKenzie and Tristan Kolver, celebrate the Hilton College Theatre’s 25th birthday outside the main theatre.

PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Hilton College drama pupils (from left) George Papageorgiu, Ethan Way, Jordan McKenzie and Tristan Kolver, celebrate the Hilton College Theatre’s 25th birthday outside the main theatre.

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THE annual Hilton Arts Festival will take place on the Hilton College grounds from 16 to 18 September­ offering a bumper Jongosi Schools Arts Festival embedded in the main festival for high schools and primary schools to have a tailor-made package ahead of the main event.

Jongosi will only take place on Friday, 16 September for senior primary schools (Grade 6 and Grade 7) and for high schools.

This is the seventh year in which the Hilton Arts Festival is hosting a special schools festival. This festival starts with a programme of age-specific arts events aimed at schools. Approximately 1 500 pupils will experience the thrill of the performing arts over the day-long programme.

The focus this year will be on syllabus-related productions as well as some for entertainment and fun.

It is a celebration of all that is young, new and vibrant and has been dubbed “Jongosi”, Johnny Clegg’s word from the Afrikaans meaning jong os, which has become absorbed into Zulu parlance.

Jongosi is designed to educate, entertain and allow pupils to expand their world view and has been a phenomenal success so it is being further developed for this year.

“Children will be occupied in a day filled with performance, wonder and inspiration. They will experience a festival atmosphere as well as watch several performances. The craft market and the art exhibitions will be open. Refreshment outlets will be open. Alternatively, children may bring their own lunch,” said festival director, Sue Clarence.

Teachers are asked to diarise the event and book early as it is anticipated that Jongosi will become fully subscribed. The full programme is available on request.

The business community is invited to support this initiative by sponsoring a group of underprivileged pupils to attend the Jongosi days.

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For more information email Su Huggett on festival@ or phone 033 383 0126 /7 or visit

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