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Wilderness Art Festival 2020

The Wilderness Art Festival 27 – 29 February 2020

From revered artists shaping how the Garden Route community appreciates creative expression to up-and-coming talented individuals presenting their work for the very first time, the Wilderness Art Festival is an annual event fueled by imagination and driven by passion. Hosted by the Wilderness Art Association and sponsored by Urban Jungle Interior Design, 2020 marks the second Wilderness Art Festival, taking place in one of the most astounding natural settings of South Africa.

Over the course of 3 days during the Summer month of February, a myriad of artworks will be displayed throughout the seaside town of Wilderness, attracting tourists from near and far, proving to be a colourful and creative addition to their vacation along the southern coast. This event celebrates art across a variety of forms and styles, while live music, craft and food markets and engaging kid’s activities will also form part of the Wilderness Art Festival. You won’t want to miss out on this diverse, creative and family-friendly Garden Route festival!

Take in the unique and captivating art of talented Garden Route locals, mingle with inspired makers of art and discover the hidden gems of a small town with a big heart and plenty to share. The picturesque location of Wilderness elevates this unique art festival and the area is also home to some of the best sundowners in the Garden Route as well as a selection of top hiking trails with rewarding views – natures very own work of art!

While the Wilderness Art Festival encourages artists to share their creative works and network with one another, it also shows appreciation for local businesses that support the art community and make it possible for this event (and art overall) to be considered an integral revenue stream. The events mesmerizing Art Walk is a highlight of the Wilderness Art Festival and showcases the works of various artists within surrounding shops, galleries, restaurants, estate agent offices and other facilities and public spaces. To simply pass through town while running an errand leads to delight, while last year’s inaugural event hosted 67 Garden Route artists.

Another exciting and on trend event that forms part of this upcoming art festival is the Night of a 1000 Drawings, with all proceeds going towards The Seven Passes Initiative. The Seven Passes Initiative is a Rural Youth Development Project that supports, improves and creates youth education opportunities while also preventing violence in the rural areas nearby. Those who wish to create an A5 doodle and donate it can do so on the 28th February – drop boxes will be located at the Cabesa Gallery in Palms Garden Square as well as The Little Art Shop in the Garden Route city of George. Each doodle forming part of the Night of a 1000 Drawing’s event will be sold for R 100.

 

Celebrate art and connect with people who share a love for creation and expression, while spending time in the welcoming seaside village of Wilderness. During your stay, visit the nearby towns of George and Sedgefield to discover an array of fun-filled activities, while a little further are Knysna (famous for producing world class oysters!) and Plettenberg Bay, the latter forming part of the alluring Garden Route Wine Tasting coastal hotspot which is well worth the scenic drive! Looking for the perfect spot to surf the best Garden Route waves? Victoria Bay (affectionately referred to as “Vic Bay”) is one of the country’s best surfing destinations, sheltered by large cliffs and perfect for whale and dolphin watching.

Choose your ideal Wilderness holiday accommodation – from a range of stunning apartments, homes and villas to beachfront guests houses and village center hotels. Check out our Garden Route Pet-Friendly Guide and make sure your four-legged companions form part of your holiday adventures.

For more information on this year’s Wilderness Art Festival, contact Carole Durrant by emailing carole@bcreative-design-print.co.za or calling 082 569 0800.

Wilderness Art Festival 2020 – Program

Wilderness Hotel & Common

Thursday 27th

 

Rudi Lombard & Patrick Botto

 

Foot and Mouth Painters – Painting Demonstration

 

10am

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

Marliza van den Berg & Riana Scheepers Art from Ashes

Knysna Fires Inspires Healing Art A journey of Healing. We were all affected by the Knysna Fires of 2017 and Wilderness 2018, either directly or indirectly. This is a talk of how community members have found healing through pouring out emotions into art. Together with the Poem “Farleigh” by Riana Scheepers.

 

 

12pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Anthony Nobel

Art Demo – Always an inspiration not to be missed. 4pm Wilderness HotelPalm 1 Conference Room
 

Launch Evening

 

 

Launch Evening Welcome to over 80 South African Artists. Light Buffet / Wine & Live Music Lauren Smith

 

6pm

 

The Wilderness Hotel 1st floor Lounge

 

Connor Derfoldy

 

Fire Dancer

 

8pm

 

 

The Wilderness Common

 

Gypsy James

 

Music

 

1pm-4pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Mr Ian

 

Music

 

2pm-5pm

 

The Wilderness Hotel 1st floor Lounge

 

Lauren Smith

 

Music

 

5-8pm

 

The Wilderness Hotel 1st floor Lounge

 

Lilah Oldfield

Music  

5-8pm

 

Wilderness Hotel 1st floor Lounge

Friday 28th

 

Roy Viera Forte and Cronje Lemmer

 

 

Introductory talk on Calligraphy to explain the technique

 

10am

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Estee Hanekom

 

Regraft Demo – the merging the passions for Art and Nature

 

12pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Ashley Coetzee

 

Art Savings Club All Media Demo

 

2pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

WAA

 

Night of 1 000 Drawings – The Wilderness, Hoekwil and George Community have collected over 1 200 A5 Paintings / Drawings and Doodles for this charity event. The artworks will sell for R100 each the beneficiary being Seven Passes Initiative.

 

5pm

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Donovan Willis

 

Music

 

10am-12pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Driftwinds

 

Music

 

4.30pm–7.30

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Busking Donovan

 

Music

 

7.30pm –

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

Saturday 29th

 

7 Passes Drummers / Fencers

 

Drum and Fencing Demo at Hotel

 

9.00am

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Hein Botha & Natasha

 

Kids Painting Workshop

 

11am

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Ryan Loubser

 

Painting Demo

 

12pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Cathy Fourie

 

Testing and Demo Little Art Shop

 

1pm

Wilderness HotelPalm 1 Conference Room
 

Kevin Coffee Artist

 

Coffee and Paint Pouring

 

2pm

 

Wilderness Hotel

Palm 1 Conference Room

 

Kelly

 

Freedom Feathers Fashion Show

 

3pm

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Carolines Chocolate Haven / WAA

 

Chocolate / Art / Wine Pairing

 

4pm

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Gaston Lehman

 

Music

 

11am-2pm

 

Wilderness Hotel Upstairs Lounge

 

Rooted Souls

 

Music

 

3pm-6pm

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Donovan Willis

 

Busking Music

 

6pm-

 

Wilderness Hotel Pool Area

 

Palms Garden Square
An explosion of Art plus….

 

Biance Ralph

 

Body Marbling

 

10am

 

Friday 28th

 

Gaston Lehman

 

Music

 

2pm-5pm

 

Thursday 27th

 

Minx

 

Music

 

10am-1pm

 

Friday 28th

 

Hanna-Lee

 

Music

 

2pm-5pm

 

Friday 28th

 

Minx

 

Music

 

2pm-5pm

 

Saturday 29th

 

Milkwood Village

Explosion of Art plus…

Khoi Sun Moon – Macramé / Gem Jewellery

Keenan – Leatherworks

Candy Floss Lady

Ennie – Schweschwe African Fabric Crafts

Handmade Clothing and T-shirts

And much much more…..

Music – Thursday – Dave Knowles, Friday – Keenan, Ian Goosen, Josh Roxton, Saturday Finn & Kurt

Other Events…

  • Cocomo Restaurant, Streetside deck – Wine Tasting and Sales / Boerie Braai / Ingrid Nuss Art / Live Music: Thursday 27th 10am – 1pm Donovan Willis, Friday 28th 1-4pm Dave Knowles, Saturday 10am-1pm Mr Ian
  • Girls on the Square – Gin Tasting
  • Blind Pig – Live Brew Saturday 29th
  • Beejuice Cafe – Cash Bar & Outdoor Cooking Experience with Special Bush Menu, Art by Anna Stone
  • Green Shed Coffee Roastery – Draw a Keepsake Table Cloth and Coffee & Cake Special R60.
  • Pomodoro – Wine Tasting & Tapas Pairing – Thursday 27th 4-6pm, Friday 28th 3.30-5.30pm, Saturday 29th 2-4pm.
  • Urban Jungle Interiors – Offering a 15% Discount for the duration of the Wilderness Art Festival 2020.
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