A plet­ho­ra of en­ter­tai­n­ment in P­lett

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der yo­lan­de.grm2@gmail.com

The fi­nal s­chool bell for the term – for the fourth y­e­ar run­ning – rang in the an­nu­al P­lett Arts Fe­s­ti­val which is cur­rent­ly in full s­wing and pro­mi­ses to be a fe­ast for the sen­ses.

The three-week ce­le­bra­ti­on – which star­ted on Ju­ne 30 and runs until Ju­ly 22 – is set to in­clu­de mu­sic, drama, co­me­dy, art exhi­bi­ti­ons, food, a­ward­win­ning films and much mo­re.

The fe­s­ti­val will ce­le­bra­te a va­ri­e­ty of dif­fe­rent art forms and is set to bring in­no­va­ti­ve and “chal­len­ging works to a di­ver­se au­dien­ce”.

One of the high­lig­hts on the art front is the exhi­bi­ti­on Lo­cal I­den­ti­ty which o­pe­ned on Ju­ly 3, 2017, at Mel­vil­les Cor­ner.

The cu­ra­ted exhi­bi­ti­on pre­sents art­works in which the ar­tis­ts enga­ge with and com­ment on their re­la­ti­ons­hip with the wor­ld a­round them, with ot­her pe­op­le and with them­sel­ves. As such, the exhi­bi­ti­on in­clu­des fi­gu­ra­ti­ve work, such as de­picti­ons of the self in re­la­ti­on with ot­hers; self-por­traits; and works de­a­ling with psy­cho-so­ci­al as­pects of the self and in­ter­per­so­nal re­la­ti­ons­hips. In ad­di­ti­on, the­re is work on one hand in­ter­pre­ting the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, en­clo­su­re and struc­tu­red li­ving, and, on the ot­her hand, de­picting ex­pe­rien­ces of the ro­man­ti­cism of the pas­to­ral Gar­den Rou­te lands­ca­pe.

The exhi­bi­ting ar­tis­ts form part of the Con­tem­po­ra­ry Art Practi­ce (CAP) and en­tails a group of es­ta­blis­hed, pro­fes­si­o­nal­ly pro­du­cing ar­tis­ts wor­king with Pro­fes­sor Elf­rie­de D­rey­er. Dry­er is a well-kno­wn cu­ra­tor, ar­tist, wri­ter and U­ni­sa a­ca­de­mic and al­so cu­ra­tes this exhi­bi­ti­on. At the mo­ment CAP has twen­ty mem­bers li­ving and wor­king in Ge­or­ge, Sed­ge­field, Knys­na, P­let­ten­berg Bay and The Crags.

Mo­re than a 100 art­works are on dis­play and for sa­le.

The­re will al­so be wal­ka­bouts by the ar­tis­ts on Ju­ly 6, 13 and 20 from 16:00 to 18:30 and on Ju­ly 13 at 18:00 the­re will be a per­for­man­ce in the exhi­bi­ti­on ve­nue by La­ra Kirsten who will re­spond to the exhi­bi­ti­on con­tent of Lo­cal i­den­ti­ty.

Fe­s­ti­val at­ten­dan­ce has gro­wn sin­ce its de­but in 2014 with mo­re than 1800 fe­s­ti­val goers in 2016 al­o­ne.


A­mong the ot­her win­ter acti­on, the P­lett Sunset Concert Se­ries is al­so un­der­way. E­very F­ri­day, Sa­tur­day and Sun­day per­for­mers sho­w­ca­se their ta­lents on Cen­tral Be­ach be­t­ween until Ju­ly 16.

The P­lett Li­te­r­a­ry Li­ai­son e­vent will on­ce a­gain fe­a­tu­re on the win­ter pro­gram­me and this y­e­ar will fe­a­tu­re Ian Sin­clair and The Se­arch for the Ra­rest Bi­rd in the Wor­ld with ex­qui­si­te bi­rd sculp­tu­res by lo­cal bron­ze ar­tist Ro­bert Leg­gat on Ju­ly 14 at the Whi­te Hou­se.

The fourth e­di­ti­on of the in­cre­a­singly po­pu­lar P­lett Food & Film Fe­s­ti­val is al­so a­gain on the pro­gram­me and ta­kes pla­ce be­t­ween Ju­ly 10 and 12 this y­e­ar.

A first of its kind in A­fri­ca, the fe­s­ti­val sho­w­ca­ses top notch films which ex­plo­re food and e­ver­y­thing that goes al­ong with it. To add to the ex­pe­rien­ce t­he­se films are then fol­lo­wed by gour­met cu­li­na­ry pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, lin­ked to the film.

For a full li­ne-up vi­sit http://www. p­lett-tou­rism.co.za/wp-con­tent/ u­plo­ads/2015/11/Di­a­ly-Di­a­ryf­rom-P­lett-Cul­tu­re-and-He­ri­ta­ge­mag-2017.pdf

P­ho­to: P­lett Tou­rism

Art ent­hu­si­as­ts ce­le­bra­ted the o­pe­ning of the exhi­bi­ti­on Lo­cal I­den­ti­ty on Ju­ly 3, 2017 at Mel­vil­les Cor­ner.

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