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Donations, support from across the globe for Hilton Festival campaign


James Cunningham in Abu Dhabi. All pictures: Facebook

Meander Chronicle Reporter

There is indeed Hope for the Hilton Arts Fest.

Friends, supporters, performers and festinos around the world have pledged support for the crowdfunding appeal through Back-a-Buddy to enable the Hilton Arts Festival to continue in the light of diminished arts funding due to Covid-19.

Photos of supporters in front of iconic landmarks around the world, have been posted on social media platforms over the past few weeks – from across South Africa, London, Paris, Singapore, Barcelona, Bath, Bahamas, Abu Dhabi, Lillehammer (Norway), across the US, Salzburg, Moscow and further afield.

Donnagh Roberts in Red Square, Moscow.

The organisers invite others to support – wherever they are – by taking photos posing with a “Hope4Hilton” banner alongside an iconic local spot, and posting the photographs onto social media, pinning the location, tagging the Hilton Arts Festival, using the hashtag #Hope4HiltonFest and asking people to click to donate.

Hope for Hilton Fest makes an appearance at the Mandela statue in Parliament Square, London.

“We are delighted, affirmed and quite overwhelmed by the magnitude of global support,” says festival director, Sue Clarence. “Despite being far away, so many people with connections to the festival have been endorsing our campaign – it is hugely gratifying and spurs us on. It is about helping the arts to survive, not simply saving a single platform. Any contributions underline the vital importance of the arts to a balanced society.

“We love the creativity of the public in supporting our campaign – and challenge others to continue to do so. Sharing via social media, talking to friends over a cup of coffee, encouraging people to follow the campaign are all vital cogs in the wheel.”

Mantu Jakavula in Durban.

Friends from across the globe join South African theatrical luminaries in their support of the festival. John Kani, Athol Fugard, Nthati Moshesh, Ismail Mahomed, Fiona Ramsay, Bheki Mkhwane, Gcina Mhlophe, Amra-Faye Wright, Greig Coetzee, David Qadasi Jenkins and others have all added their voice and support to the campaign.

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To view the poignant video where acclaimed actor John Kani pleads on behalf of the festival, go to or follow the festival on Facebook: @Hiltonartsfest

Sean de Klerk in the Bahamas.


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