Hilton Arts Festival hosts the hot and happening

Copy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC
08/23/2017 12:37:10

KZN’s premier arts festival: the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival will once again be hosted in the picturesque Hilton College from 15-17 September, 2017.

The festival invites the crème-de-la-crème of what is hot and happening in the creative industries in South Africa: theatre; dance; comedy; musical theatre; family theatre; classical music; music revue; band-music; visual art and crafts, as well as a series of mind-scape lectures, events and discussions.

Among the productions making their way to KZN are Hedwig and the Angry Inch (a scoop from Cape Town) starring Paul du Toit and Genna Galloway. Not to be missed are the Lara Foot-directed Baxter productions, Karoo Moose and The Inconvenience of Wings, both of which are multi award-winning productions. These three productions represent three different genres and are a prime example of what the festival strives to achieve as the leading arts event in KZN. Comedy lovers will not be disappointed by Mamba Republic; three different stand-up shows headlined by John Vlismas, and the irrepressible 2017 version of Raiders – a show that has been a number one hit in Grahamstown for nearly thirty years. Music lovers are well catered for as well. There are serious concerts in the Chapel; a tribute to the great war time star, Vera Lynn – A Nightingale Sang; music revues; Ian von Memerty’s Keyboard Killers and a tribute to Paul Simon. Smaller, more experimental theatre, will be represented by a collective of managements and will include actors James Cairns, Tarryn Bennett, work by Jenine Collocot, Tara Notcutt and Peter Mitchell. Their work includes The Old Man and The Sea (by the makers of The Snow Goose), The Devil and Billy Markham, Making Mandela, After Dark and The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy.

There is a carefully curated range of art exhibitions this year: a showcase of the work of legendary Italian film director and screenwriter, Federico Fellini; the Living Art Exhibition hosted by Grant Woods and Tony Durrheim; A Life Less Ordinary – images of Nelson Mandela by Matthew Willman, and the International Photo Exhibition.

The Hilton Festival will offer a range of dining options for festival-goers again this year – from fabulous Steam Punk coffee, to unhurried Bistro dining to gentle music (to be managed this year by Jackie Cameron School of Food and Wine, based in Hilton); to the lively Castle Lite SAB Beer tent with a myriad food stall options and a music stage, to interesting healthy vegetarian fare.

There are two mini festivals embedded in the main programme: The Jongosi Festival embedded in the main festival, takes place on Friday 15 September and has a specifically, carefully-selected age-appropriate programme aimed at Grades 6 – 10 and Assetej hosts a programme of theatre for young audiences.


21 August – the whole programme available as a PDF on

21 August – booking open on line via the website; also during office hours at the Hilton College Theatre box office

Programmes will also be available at the following KZN outlets from 21 August – see below


Exclusive Books, Liberty Mall; Bookworld, Cascades; Tatham Art Gallery; Zulululu Art House @ Piggly Wiggly; Chocolate Heaven in the Junction; Hilton College Theatre
SPARS: Parklane; Mills in Hayfields; Quarry Centre Hilton; Greendale Howick

SPARS: Hillcrest Richdens; Hillcrest KwikSPAR; Waterfall SuperSPAR; Maytime KwikSPAR; Village SPAR Kloof; Westville SuperSPAR;

Adams Musgrave; KZNSA Gallery; artSPACE; Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Artisan Gallery Florida Road; Rhumbelow Theatre Umbilo;
SPARS: Avonmore Avondale Rd; Glenwood Che Guevara Rd; Holdens Florida Road

Exclusive Books La Lucia; Exclusive Books Gateway
SPARS: Kensington Kensington Drive; Lifestyles Ballito; Mount Edgecombe Flanders Drive; Ridge, Village Rd; Sunningdale; Umhlanga Ridge Rd, Umhlanga and Eastmans, Glenashley


The festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from 15 - 17 September 2017.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee, DWR, PWC, Bidvest Car Rental, Indwe Risk Services, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, Redlands Hotel, Zultrans, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, BASA, Castle Lite, Maritzburg Sun, Caxton.

For more info visit or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest, Instagram or download our free APP Hilton Arts Festival for both Android and IOS.

All enquiries on 033 383 0126/7 or

Booking enquiries:

Programme available 11 August and schedule on line as pdf on website

From 21 August – bookings open and programme at various outlets in Pmb and Durban

15 September from 0930 Jongosi Youth programme

15 September 16h00 – 17 September 20h00 – the 25th Hilton Arts Festival

For more information, contact Illa Thompson
Publicity Matters
083 326 3234 / 031 2011 638

Issued by William Charlton-Perkins
082 335 6088 / 031 309 8738

Related Event:
The Hilton Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, 13th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019
Related Venue:
Hilton College Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa