Gather your canvas, paints and brushes, folks – it’s time for the Wilderness Art Festival 2021! Taking place between 7 – 9 October, this year’s festival will be celebrating the beauty and talent of local artists and “100 years of Wilderness”. Looking as spry as ever and not a day over 21, this gorgeous town is indeed celebrating its iconic Centennial Year.
Residents and visitors can look forward to an incredible three days that will transform this hidden gem of the Garden Route into a bustling hub of creative energy, art, music and fun. Artists and art-lovers alike can embrace the centennial theme by experiencing the very best of Wilderness. From exploring the town’s natural beauty to art-focused activities such as the Urban Sketch Art Crawl with local artist Ashley Coetzee or enjoying the History of Wilderness discussion hosted by well-known Wildernarian, historian and author Hugo Leggatt, there will be something for every interest.
Spread across the Wilderness Hotel, Milkwood Village and Palms Garden Square, festival-goers can experience the charm and delights of Wilderness while exploring their creative side participating in various activities. Children will love the Kids Street Art event while all can enjoy Plein Air Painting with Kala Combrink. For a different type of artistic expression, the Wilderness Hotel will be hosting a TikTok Dance Challenge on the 9th at 12 pm where everyone is welcome to show off their moves in under 1 minute – talk about a challenge.
Along with collagraphy demos and a South Cape Children’s Choir performance, the festival will return with the sensational Night of 1000 Drawings on Friday the 8th at 5 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to draw, paint or doodle an A5 artwork and donate it to this worthy cause. The artwork will be available for sale at R100 per doodle, with proceeds going to the Seven Passes Initiative NPO. Last year, participants raised an unbelievable R 32 000 to assist outreach programmes in and around Wilderness. Art ain’t just pretty, folks – it makes a difference!
As we move further and further away from the difficulties of 2020, it is imperative to remain vigilant. The Wilderness Art Festival has been allowed to continue thanks to residents’ continued adherence to strict Covid-19 safety measures, which will remain in practice throughout the festival. Please wear your mask, regularly sanitize and socially distance as you enjoy the sounds of local musicians Lauren Smith, Wendy Oldfield, and Gypsy James, or experience the delicious delicacies of local restaurateurs.
A trip to this century-old town would not be complete without experiencing the activities unique to Wilderness. Visitors can enjoy the unmatched views from Wilderness Heights, known as the “Map of Africa”. From this vantage point, visitors can enjoy the views as mother nature mirrors the map of our African continent. For something a little closer to the ground, Wilderness has an abundance of beaches, lakes, rivers and indigenous forests to explore.
Whether you’re ready to show off your brushwork or simply embrace the fun, get ready to experience a joyous event of beautiful artwork, new experiences, good music and mouth-watering meals in the heart of gorgeous Wilderness. Out of town visitors can easily book accommodation in Wilderness or the nearby city of George. Choose from a wide range of accommodation options perfectly suited to your needs. Hello Garden Route, Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Accommodation are here to ensure that your stay is nothing short of brilliant!