ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Plett Arts Fest ticket sales open
PLETTENBERG BAY - After a forced postponement in July due to stricter lockdown regulations, tickets for the popular 2021 Plett Arts Festival have officially gone on sale. The event is scheduled to dazzle lovers of the finer things from 1 to 10 October.
This year, Plettenberg Bay is set to celebrate the arts with ten days dedicated to live and pop-up performances, workshops, exhibitions, film, and many more art-related events during the 8th annual Plett Arts Festival.
"We are always inspired by our natural surroundings in Plett and the partnership between art and nature, and given our current state of travel, we wanted to offer festival experiences that were both unexpected and appealing to the 2021 traveller," said festival director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip. "Thus, the festival provides a platter of immersive art experiences and performances in nature alongside our traditional exhibitions and pop-ups." These events include a musical marine safari, with the soothing sounds of saxophone blues and Afrojazz provided by Marcellus Welman.
Baritone Mike Bhayibhile and soprano and pianist Lisa Engelbrecht will once again bring popular and classical performances to the Bosky Dell Rose Garden while the Keurbooms River ravine is set to become an amphitheatre to popular classics on the water by Minx on violin with a river ferry cruise.
Garden Route Walking Festival pioneer, Galeo Saintz, will guide an unforgettable walking adventure paired with a poetry recital that promises to be as inspiring as the views are breathtaking. Poetry will be a highlight of the programme this year, with thoughtful and rousing works from Galeo, Ntombi Wonci and Was Lemeul. Other highlights of the programme are the returning Plett Twilight Meander, Plett concerts, and Plett Food & Film. Art lovers can take a tour of galleries and pop-ups throughout the festival, with music and artists in attendance on opening nights and during the Tuesday evening Twilight Meander. Winter School also returns with a series of workshops, hosted at Barrington's, on drawing, and upcycling for children, in addition to stellar installation exhibitions and artists in residence.
"Perfectly positioned for our art-in-nature theme, Land Art returns to Plettenberg Bay for the festival," said Wilson-Trollip. Following two successful Site - Specific Land Art installations in 2012 and 2013, this year's activation will feature six sites for pop-up artworks: Piesang River mouth, Central Beach, Hobie Beach, Wedge Beach, the
Lookout Peninsula, and Lookout Beach. Land Art is created using materials from the natural environment and are on display only for as long as nature (the tide, the wind, the waves) allows.
This follows the unveiling of the Plett Recycling Project whale sculpture in June, created from recycled materials by local artist
Derek Saul and functioning as an enormous, attractive receptacle for recyclable plastic bearing the slogan "Feed me, not the sea". Tickets are available through Plett Tourism's website www.pletttourism.com and Quicket. For more information about the line-up of events, visit www.pletttourism. com.