Arts Exhibitions at the Hilton Arts Festival

As always, the annual Hilton Arts Festival is completely accessible if you are on a budget with tons of free stuff to do over the weekend 14-16 September.

A number of venues will host free music throughout the three days of the festival, from marimba bands, to festival favourites and never-been-seen-before new street performances. Highlights include Philani Ngidi and the Afro Divas (SAT) and The Jazz Minkeys (SUN) in the Bistro; Jono Johansen, The Kickstands, Take Note and the perennial favourites, The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters in the Corona Festival Marquee.

Performing in the Amphitheatre are the youngsters from the Crawford La Lucia Drum Line. The Corona Festival Marquee will feature Boys on the Move and Going for Gold – both from Hilton College; the fabulous Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters; the Howick High School Band; Jono Johansen and Take Note. The stage in The Bistro hosts the Jazz Minkeys; John Ellis; Philani Ngidi and the Afro Divas, and The Kickstands.

Watch out as the streets become a hive of activity for four companies that will be offering entertainment for young and old. Street theatre comes alive with four ‘schools’ showing off their creations: Eden College with their environmental piece, iSimangaliso; Durban Actors’ Studios with Remote and Richard III and the Thembelihle School collaborating with the Hilton College Dramatic Arts Troupe have a piece entitled Thembelihle that takes place in the Amphitheatre.

While strolling around the magnificent grounds of Hilton College, you can peruse the work of over 100 artists. Several separate art exhibitions are on the Hilton campus over the weekend. Featured here are photographer Harry Lock and his Out of Character portraits of former Hilton festival participants; I-Gebe, curated by Allen Kupeta in the Mem Hall ; Mandela – A Life’s Journey by John Meyer, a collection of numbered signed prints to be viewed in sequence and follow the story of Madiba’s life in Buzz Room, CFI Centre; Boyley’s World commemorating a centenary of landscape artist, Errol Boyley; the TOLERANCE statues; The RMB Think Bench; Strauss & Co Online Collection; The Artists’ Gallery; and regular exhibitors displaying art and craft from the area, The Midlands Meander.

Near the Bell Tower, the Perspective Art Exhibition fills three tents and features 62 individual artists. In the Raymond Slater Library you will find the Artisan Gallery and their Crafters’ Demos, Carol Slabolepszy’s My Hares and Graces; Maelstrom Photography; Joe Govo Ceramics and handmade and painted pottery.

Soaking up the fine weather, you can meander around a variety of stalls at the various craft markets located in-between the main festival venues which typically stock a carefully curated selection of beautiful fare – from jewellery to fresh proteas; children’s clothing to silver jewellery; family crests to bird feeders; hats and accessories to leather shoes and larger-than-life art made from repurposed metal to hand-made wooden picture frames.

One of South Africa’s greatest landscape artists, Errol Boyley, will be featured in a retrospective exhibition at the 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival.

Recognising one of South Africa’s greatest landscape artists, the Hilton Arts Festival will be hosting a retrospective exhibition Boyley’s World’ – The Errol Boyley Centenary Exhibition.

The exhibition travels up from the Ramsgate Art and Books Festival to the walls of the Normand Dunn Art Gallery in the main Grindrod Theatre at the festival. This historic exhibition features a large body of work of Pietermaritzburg-born Errol Boyley. Simply called Boyley’s World, the exhibition recognises the year that he was born, 1918 – a century ago.

Boyley was a painter of landscapes, seascapes, figures, wildlife and still life, working passionately with oil. The self-taught painter studied for a period in the 40s at the then Natal Technical College.

His work is known for his astonishing use of light. Boyley’s varied and colourful career spanned almost 60 years – initially as a military man, then musician (an accomplished and professional guitarist. He won guitar lessons in a poker game!) before taking to painting and becoming one of the country’s most respected and accomplished painters. Boyley passed away in 2007.

Errol Boyley`s work can be found in collections worldwide, the Reserve Bank in Pretoria houses one of the largest with 15 pieces in all. Collectors are unanimous that Boyley`s images capture light in a way that outshines other artists.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, and Corona.

For more info visit or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest and Instagram. All enquiries on 033 383 0126 / 7 or The 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival will run from 14 to 16 September. The full programme is on  On line bookings is open and programmes are available from various outlets in KZN

Sue Clarence
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Hilton Arts Festival

Related Event:

The Hilton Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, 14th September 2018 – Sunday, 16th September 2018

Related Venue:

Hilton College Theatre, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa