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Plett MAD Festival

The Plett MAD Festival may only be in its 3rd year, yet Plettenberg Bay Tourism went to town to firmly cement this festival on the annual Garden Route calendar. A three-week long celebration of music, arts & drama, the festival takes place from 24 June to 18 July, to coincide with both the National Arts Festival (30 June – 10 July) and the Knysna Oyster Festival from 1 – 10 July.

Befitting a festival of its kind, it promises to satisfy all the senses. The Plett Food Film Festival, “an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives”, will be screening Les Emotifs Anonymes on Monday the 11th, aptly paired with an artisanal chocolate fair. On Tuesday the 12th A Good Year, paired with Plett wines, will transport viewers to far off Provence. Wednesday the 13th offers Like Water for Chocolate, the English version of the magical Spanish movie by Alfonso Arua, Como Agua para Chocolate. Based on the book by Laura Esquivel, viewers and readers will be anticipating the sensory explosion of dishes from the movie, prepared by the chefs from Emily Moon. As if this isn’t delectable enough, Suzelle DIY will be entertaining crowds during the film festival!

During the festival The Barnyard will feature renowned artists The Convergence Project, Prime Circle and Elvis Blue, while the Plett Fringe Festival features acts like Whale Nation, Camp Carrawalk and  A Great American Songbook. Warafiki Tshisa Nyama brings an experience of local cuisine and artistic performances. These performances showcase theatrical actors and visual artists who inspire and nourish the artistic community of Plettenberg Bay. During the Big Art Party local artist will display their creations, bringing innovative and challenging artwork to a diverse audience.

Cindy Wilson-Trollip, event co-ordinator, says that they would like to grow the event to include a distinctive music event alongside traditional theatre, demonstrating “the strength of artists in numbers, creating an awareness of our cultures through thought, passion, commitment, sensuality and laughter – the components of being MAD about the arts.”

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This festival is truly turning Plettenberg Bay into a performing destination for acclaimed artist while cultivating local talent. The Plett MAD Festival is not to be missed!

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A short view of the 2015 Plett MAD Festival

A short view of the first Plett Food Film Festival in 2014

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