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Newsletter #1 16 January 2015
Dear FynArts Supporter

Welcome to the first newsletter in the run up to Hermanus FynArts 2015.

This year will take place from 5 to 16 June.The festival made its debut onto the Arts Calendar in 2013 to a warm and generous reception. In 2014 FynArts returned with an even bigger and better programme And now, with a brand new website and a programme that is filling up fast, the festival is set to continue its upward and onward path. Once again the twelve day fusion of Arts Fest and Winter School will be filled with exhibitions, music, literature, food and wine, talks, workshops and presentations. More good news is that Youth Day on 16 June falls on a Tuesday and the Monday has been declared a school holiday.

What to expect

We’re signing up a long line-up of new artists, musicians, speakers and workshop presenters. In addition we’ll welcome back a few familiar faces that include conductor Richard Cock, novelist Christopher Hope, pianist Francois du Toit and local artists Terry Kobus, Leon Muller and Ed Bredenkamp. The music programme will start with the opening concert on Friday 5 June at 19:00 in the historic Dutch Reformed Church and close on Tuesday 16 June at 14:00 with a special Youth Day Concert in the Dutch Reformed Church and another concert in Zwelihle. Once again there will be daily lunchtime concerts as well as a wide variety of evening concerts. Visit our website and read the blog to keep updated on how the programme is filling up.


Visit the special exhibitions at each art gallery along the Hermanus FynArts Amble and another group ceramic exhibition at the Windsor Hotel. Participating wine farms along the Hermanus Wine Route will again exhibit art in their cellars or in the gardens and strengthen the link between art and wine-making. Following the success of the unique Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition, the new exhibition is already being planned. Details for the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition will be announced soon. The competition culminates in an exhibition of the circular works of the finalists that has been selected by three judges. Competition details to be announced shortly. These works are displayed on the heads of barrels in the cellar at Bouchard Finlayson. The prize-giving ceremony and opening of this exhibition will take place on Thursday 4 June 2015.

The art of wine and food

Last year the Wine Plus series, curated by Melvyn Minnaar, was introduced to spotlight contemporary vineyard and cellar skills and highlight the South African industry. Wine personalities presented the talks and tastings to wine enthusiasts at The Marine Hotel. The added emphasis on talent and delight merited the addition of the word “plus”.Another new event for 2015 will be daily cooking demonstrations on the art of preparing the finest in food. The demonstrations will be presented in a pop-up kitchen at the Windsor Hotel by top local and national chefs.

Best FynArts wishes for 2015.
Mary Faure and the growing FynArts Team

Visit our website

The recently launched new Fynarts website offers up to date information about the festival. Currently showing a line-up of more than 20 artists and presenters who are already on the programme for 2015, the website will introduce you to others as they are signed up and will keep you posted on news and events. Visit

Thank you to our sponsors

Hermanus Fynarts would like to thank Sponsors Bouchard Finlayson and the Overstrand Municipality for their continued support and we look forward to welcoming exciting new sponsors.

FynArts is a Hermanus Tourism initiative
Watch this space

In future newsletters you will receive more information about these events and the artists and presenters who you will meet at FynArts Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues, friends and family who might be interested in coming to this exciting Hermanus festival.

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