Digital arts festival: Hilton Arts Festival 2020- A Celebration of the Arts

Date: September 10-12, 2020. Most shows/events will be available until December 31, as video-on-demand

Platform: http://hiltonfestival.co.za/


Tickets: Free and ticketed events

The annual arts festival is held in KZN, at Hilton College but because of Covid-19, the festival is being staged online. The 2020 theme: A Celebration of the Arts. There are no in-person events happening this year. Hilton Arts Festival has partnered with The National Arts Festival and Jomba! Dance Festival. The productions on those platforms may be accessed via Hilton Arts Festival. Tickets apply for NAF shows (22 shows on at Hilton). No charge for Jomba. Hilton Arts Festival is also producing two productions for 2020. There is one panel discussion (no charge). A selection of shows available through Quicket. No geo locking/blocking so shows and events may be accessed globally.

Theatre – Jigsaw- Hilton Arts Festival Flagship production

The Hilton Arts Festival Flagship production is Jigsaw, presented by Small Creatures. It stars James Cunningham and Iain “Ewok” Robinson and is directed by Sylvaine Strike.

This info supplied by the festival:

“Simon has something growing in his head. Paul has lost someone. Filled with humour, pathos and a good dose of male one-upmanship, Jigsaw is a reunion of two once-close friends as they attempt to reconnect, assemble pieces of their lives, and unpack thermodynamics.  Created from a desire to explore live storytelling in a two-dimensional, distanced space, Jigsaw is told through animation, film and an online meeting platform. With the performers interacting across different continents, Jigsaw was first performed, streamed and viewed live at The Virtual National Arts Festival 2020, who also co-presented the production, and recently at The Currents New Media Festival in New Mexico, USA. The screening for The Hilton Festival is taken from a recording of the latest live performance at Currents which also streamed to audiences in LA and New York on August 23, 2020.” 

Tickets R90. Link on festival site- Jigsaw tab.

Theatre- Green Screen – Hilton Festival 2020 production

This two hander, stars Fiona Ramsay and Graham Hopkins and is directed by Bobby Heaney. This production has been created “to celebrate the arts with the Hilton Arts Festival.”

Two actors- a married couple in late middle-age, are filming a TV commercial for a Retirement Estate. On the surface, Sandra and James are the archetypal retirees, who have lived a thoroughly respectable and unexceptional life. But are they?  

No charge- thanks to ABSA. Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020.

vFringe – National Arts Festival

Select from 21 works on the vNAF.

Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020.Ticket prices vary.

Video-on-demand shows via Quicket

A selection of shows are on Quicket and have been selected for Hilton. Includes: Pieter-Dirk Uys Unmasking Evita and Pieter-Dirk Uys Says Hello Darling, Ian von Memerty  Prince of the Piano. Alan Committie, No Contact Comedy and Streaming with Laughter.  All these shows are individually ticketed. 

Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020. Ticket prices vary.

JOMBA!

Platform: https://jomba.ukzn.ac.za/

No charge

Visual art

E-commerce art gallery: Browse @Artify- a  new e-commerce art gallery.

Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020.

Absa Art Gallery Tours

Tour the boardrooms of Absa and view its African Art Collection. Watch a pre-recorded workshop with Marco Cianfenelli, the sculptor who created the iconic Madiba sculpture the Mandela Capture Site. No charge- thanks to ABSA.

Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020.

Panel discussion- Creativity – Future Proof your Existence

This panel will be chaired by Samantha Peo. The panellists are: Ismail Mahomed, Neil Coppen, Kanchana Moodliar and Keke Chele.


No charge- thanks to ABSA. Link on Hilton festival site- available until December 31, 2020.

Image credit: Supplied.