Culture vultures and bon vivants, this is one festival you do not want to miss. Ten days of exhibitions, shows, recitals, workshops and demonstrations in the dreamy seaside village of Hermanus, where members of the public can enjoy, absorb, and learn new skills.
As with previous years, music fans will be well catered for with an exciting lineup of performers. The Opening Concert features soloists Gaylen-Rose Sales (harp) and Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) under the direction of celebrated conductor Richard Cock, who will present three more big concerts during the opening weekend. The Closing Concert will be performed by the rousing Big Band, as well as performances from Adelia Douw and Ian Smith.
Some of the other 2017 highlights include:
- Transformation, an exhibition by the 2017 Festival Artist, Willie Bester, curated by Michael Godby and Sandra Slabbert
- An Art and Wine tour of exhibitions including finalists in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award, as well as Sumaridge, Newton Johnson and Creation (R250)
- A series of lunchtime, house and evening music concerts including the Charl du Plessis Trio and the Odeion Quartet (R150)
- A hop-on hop-off tasting tour of the boutique wineries in the Hemel en Aarde valley (R200)
- A rare chardonnay and French-pâté tasting (R220)
- A series of cookery demonstrations by creative cooks including Emilia Knight, who will demonstrate three easy, traditional Scottish recipes (R100)
- An Evening with Marius Weyers and Bosman, and My Travel Bag with Gcina Mhlope
Whether you’re into ceramics, food, photography, painting, literature, music or sculpture, the exciting programme has a varied list of activities, where you can either learn a skill from a master, or simply sit back and be entertained.