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Newsletter #3 17 April 2015
Dear FynArts Supporter

A fusion of Arts Festival and Winter School – a FynArts mix.

The Hermanus FynArts Festival celebrates arts and artists in a programme of exhibitions and entertainment while the Winter School section of the programme has a wide range of interesting and entertaining panel discussions and illustrated talks on topics related to the arts. There will also be a series of demonstrations and workshops that offers like-minded people the opportunity of spending time together to share ideas and learn new skills. Early Bird ticket sales are well underway and will continue until 30 April when full price tickets kick in. Sales will continue at both Hermanus Tourism and on Webtickets.

Anchor Exhibitions

Two main art events will anchor the visual arts:

At Gearing’s Point, at one end of town, is the 2015 Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition organised by Jaco Sieberhagen. The theme, Biodiversity, synergises with the newly proclaimed, adjoining Biodiversity Walk. At the other end is the historic synagogue with a prestige group exhibition. (In) The Nature of Things is the exciting, inventive theme and it is independently curated by Marilyn Martin, Melvyn Minnaar and Matthew Blackman. The exhibition with a number of well-known and new South African artists engages with themes beyond the superficial beauty of the natural world.

A combined exhibition by Diane Victor and Gordon Froud called Second Lives (A repurposed title) and twelve local galleries hosting special exhibitions are among those on the FynArts Amble. Meet local painters Ian Bredenkamp, Malcolm Bowling, Terry Kobus, Leon Muller at work, as well as sculptor Willie Botha.

This year the ceramic exhibition will again be hosted by the Windsor Hotel. Forms of Expression will showcase the work of twenty-two well-known ceramicists and is an event not to be missed. The exhibition will be opened by Hennie Meyer on Saturday 6 June at 10:30.

Workshops: Writing and Writers

There are three one-off writers workshops, each presented by an acclaimed writer. Workshops for artist is a topic for the next Newsletter.

Christopher Hope : ‘Why does telling stories so seduce us? How is it that these ‘lovely lies’ may feel truer than the ‘real thing?’ This year Christopher, whose first two workshops were oversubscribed, will present The Novel: Where Fact Meets Fiction. In this three-day workshop you will take a look at how facts provide food for fiction. Christopher’s twenty-first novel, Jimfish, was recently published.

Mike Nicol : The FynArt of Murder, a two-day workshop, will walk you down the genre’s mean streets to discover the dark secrets of plotting and how to create characters that will both terrify and endear. Mike’s latest novel, Power Play was also recently published.

Karin Schimke: presented a poetry reading in 2014. What if a Poem were a House? is a three-day workshop. Bring along your scribbles and learn how to make your poetry more inviting and more habitable. Karin’s debut collection of poetry, Bare & Breaking was awarded the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2014.

Demonstrations: Cuisine, Floral Art and Art of Thread

Don’t miss the daily demonstrations at the Pop-Up Kitchen at the Windsor Hotel. Browse the FynArts website and at 11:00 and 15:00 each day you will find presentations by Executive Chefs, as well as by well-known flower arrangers or quilters. The last few chefs are being signed up today!

The FynArts Fund

Hermanus FynArts has reached a new milestone with the establishment of the Hermanus FynArts Fund. The long-term aim is to establish a School of the Arts for the Overstrand in Hermanus. In the shorter term the aim is to widen audiences at concerts and at workshops to include people who for socio-economic reasons, or because of disablity, are not able to take part in the festival. This fund will be used to heavily subsidise tickets for concerts, workshops and demonstrations, as well as to offer special arts educational events. For more information click here.

Thank you to our sponsors

Hermanus FynArts would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support.

Stay in Hermanus

Hermanus Tourism and the FynArts Team look forward to welcoming you to the festival in June. For a list of Featured Accommodation, Restaurants and Activities, click here.

A Hermanus Tourism initiative

We look forward to welcoming you to Hermanus FynArts.

Mary Faure and the FynArts Team.

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