Things you should know as a first time visitor


Get there early – there is often a queue to get in through the main gates! Become familiar with the festival map as quickly as possible so you know were performance and activity venues, food places and exhibitions are.
Pack for every weather pattern – you do get all seasons in one day in Hilton. Wear comfy shoes – so you can wonder around the campus comfortably. Have cash on you – better than standing in the ATM queues
Book some key shows ahead of time – as the favourite shows do tend to sell out before hand. To plan your festival, programmes can be picked up at a number of places, the Hilton website has a full list of where you can get your tabloid-size newsprint Hilton programme.
All shows come recommended – Hilton offers the best of all festivals – but of special mention are Selwyn & Gabriel, a magical modern mystery about two strangers with secrets. Silkworm weaves a beautiful cocoon around reality, created and directed by Jenine Collocott, performed by Taryn Bennett; and Mike van Graan’s brilliant drama Green Man Flashing is a fast-paced political thriller.
Leave time to enjoy lots of the free stuff, craft markets, art exhibitions, stalls, live entertainment and food and drink, as well as time to do impulse bookings for shows which you hear about in the coffee queue!
The best festival involves doing a mix of interesting things – theatre, dance, comedy, musical theatre, family theatre, classical music, music revue, big band and contemporary music, visual art and crafts, as well as a series of mindscape lectures, events and discussions.
This year in honour of Mandela’s centenary commemorations, there is a strong Mandela feel – two massive outdoor exhibitions: the THINK bench and T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E. installation. Also jazz pianist Burton Naidoo has transcribed some of Mandela’s most iconic speeches to music: Our Song; a collection of John Meyer’s artworks Mandela: A Life’s Journey will be on display; as will be 67 Blankets for Mandela.
For more info visit http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za/ or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest and Instagram. All enquiries on 033 383 0126 / 7 or [email protected]

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