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The annual Plett Arts Festival will be taking place from 25 June – 9 July 2018 and has many excited for some fun under the warm winter sun. Celebrating its 5th year running, this arts festival has become a favourite among Garden Route locals, it also attracts a number of tourists from afar.
With a combination of national and international talents, the Plett Arts Festival consists of stand-out features, an alluring collaboration of art & culture, street vibes, foodimentary delights, mesmerizing live performances and of course the rhythm of South African sounds and music that can appeal to all generations, diverse enough for all tastes.
No two days of this event will be the same and no exhibition or act will be quiet like the next… two weeks of excitement and wonder await those with a taste for adventure and a love for the breathtaking natural surroundings of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route.
Local Performances and Film
Look forward to live performances by South African legends between the dates of 24 – 26 June at a cost of only R 100 per ticket. Don’t miss these exciting Stage Acts:
The compelling drama performance UNRAVELLING by Luxolo Ndabeni will be showcasing 26 June. It is a story which sheds light on family bonds, love, conflict and resolution. Luxolo is known locally for his starring role in the Mzansi Magic prison drama series, Lockdown.
For those with a passion for performing and visual art, ART (i) will take to the stage on 3 July. This show sees artist Wezile Mgibe collaborate with THE CVPITOL to bring forward a fantastic and unique performance that depicts how taxing the system can be for African artists – a dialogue on how we can better the value that art plays in our society.
On 25 June, a captivating dance performance by De-Apart-Hate will reflect and confront prejudices through a stunning multi-layered piece. Entry to this live performance will also include an entry to Mamela’s Dance workshop.
Enjoy a spectacular selection of South African films and documentaries at AFRIDOCS, a new event feature debuting at the festival between 4 – 6 July. Prices to these films vary from R 100 – R 120. Guests can also enjoy a variety of food trucks, cash bars and, when applicable, the after-party with DJ Jazztrain.
Live Music and Entertainment
Since the startup 5 years ago, the Plett Arts Festival has been welcoming amazing musicians to participate as music is considered a massive part of the event’s appeal. After all, “music is art and art is an integral part of the human experience”.
Expect live music every day of the festival, performances of both a local and international variety and an assortment of genres and styles for visitors to look forward to. The chilled out Plett SunSets concerts series will be held at the Plett Surf Lifesaving Club, perfect for sundowners with spectacular views – music by Tim Hopwood, Koos Kombuis and Msaki will create the perfect mood whilst the beauty of Plettenberg Bay is on full display. Ending the event off on a high note is the highly anticipated Plett AFROJAZZ taking place on Central Beach on 7 July – book tickets to Plett AFROJAZZ to gain free entry to the Skhulu’z Lounge Jazz Workshop.
Many look forward the Plett Fringe attractions, which never fail to deliver. This year’s showcasing of amazing, not-to-be-missed talents includes an evening with saxophonist Andrew Young and pianist Rene Piet on Saturday, 23 June. Have a good laugh by attending comedian Daniel Richard’s Land Act on 28 June – tickets to his show are available for R 140 each.
Plett Winter School
We love the idea of learning and being inspired at this year’s Plett Winter School, a new addition to the Plett Arts Festival that promises to be as fun as it is educational. The Plett Arts Festival will be offering master classes focusing on an array of artistic and interesting skills, where visitors can engage with the various elements of the creative world and tap into their own potential.
Creative individuals will appreciate the Writing Workshop, Film Skills and Film Support Industry Workshop as well as an unique Colour Linocut 4-day course with John More, one of South Africa’s most esteemed print-makers. Famed choreographer and dancer Mamela Myamza will be hosting a dance workshop, while the highly anticipated Skhulu’z Lounge Jazz Workshop has musicians ready for a great music experiences with talents like Pops Mohamed and Ronan Skillen.
Other workshops to look forward to at the festival include Discover the Sublime World of Wine hosted by the Cape Wine Academy, a one-day Barista Course on the fundamentals of coffee brewing, an African inspired Drumming Workshop and much more!
More Festival Attractions
There will be countless craft markets, compelling food and drink stalls and participating specials throughout Plettenberg Bay during this exciting two week event. Expect amazing music, street and other performances, pop up art-exhibitions and as always, friendly Garden Route hospitality all around!
The Plett 24 Hour Reunion, taking place on 30 June, has been a very alluring attraction at the Plett Arts Festival, promising show-stopping fashion and design. Tickets are available at the door for R 100, alternatively book online for R 80.
To book tickets to various Festival Events and Attractions, click here:
For the complete Plett Arts Festival programme, click here: