Bring the Kids to the Hilton Festival this September
Hilton Arts Festival: Bring the Kids!
Hilton College: 15 – 17 September 2017
The organisers of the 25th annual Hilton Arts Festival have created a theatre festival especially for younger audiences embedded within the main Hilton Festival which takes place at the Hilton College from 15 – 17 September, 2017, as part of the festival’s drive to be family friendly and to actively play a role in fostering an interesting in the arts among young people. .
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 of good theatre aimed at school groups of learners from Grades 6 – 10. Jongosi is now sold out, and Assetej will host a programme of theatre for young audiences.
The organisers have teamed up with Assitej to spearhead a range of productions for younger audiences this year. They are presenting three productions for little ones, as well as hosting a series of workshops, details of which can be obtained at the Music Block over the weekend. Assitej unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. Assitej South Africa operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people and operates country-wide.
The Assetej presented productions are Granny Susan Incredible – a delightful tale about an 82 year old granny superhero – which reminds us that even superheroes need help sometimes (Sat 12:15 and Sun 10am); Taking Flight which is inspired by Roald Dahl’s early childhood stories (Sat 10am; Sun 1.30pm), and Plastocracy: a fantasy adventure with a strong environmental theme, in particular looking at the catastrophic impact of plastic waste on eco-systems (Sat 2.30; Sun 11.45).
As well as the Assetej productions, there are family shows on the Hilton programme too: an enchanting story of Baby Rhino’s journey (Fri 11 & 2.15; Sat 11 & 2.30 and Sun 10.15) entitled Going Going – which are pop-up performances by youngsters from Eden College, and Raiders of the Caribbean – showcasing the perennial theatrical madness of Nicholas Ellenbogen and friends; (Sat 1pm, Sun 10am).
Making Mandela won the Best Youth Production at the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards. It tells the imaginative journey through the childhood of Nelson Mandela featuring colourful characters vividly portrayed in beautiful masks (Sat 12.30 & Sun 10am); the Buhlebomlazi Zulu dancers who will do pop up dance interventions.
There are a host of young people on stage too: the Crawford La Lucia Drumline (Sat 11); Crawford North Coast Drumline (Sat at 4.15); Crawford North Coast present Hors d ‘Oeuvres (Sat 3.15) Glenwood High School Falcon Marching Band (Sat 11.15 & Sun 1.15) Reddam House College Band (Sat 2pm) and Pillar Box Red – a four man band of matriculants from Michaelhouse (Sat 12.30).
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. Also a huge selection of art exhibitions, craft stalls, free stages, books, discussion sessions and dining options will also all be available.
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.
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