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Newsletter #5 13 May 2015
Dear FynArts Supporter

Line-up of Openings

It is just less than four weeks to the start of Hermanus FynArts 2015 and festival goers can once again expect a varied, stimulating and quality programme. Only in its third showing this fusion of ArtsFest and Winter School offers a long line-up of artists, musicians, chefs, writers, wine makers and other personalities. The full programme is available on our website and seats may be booked at either the Hermanus Tourism Bureau or Webtickets.

Exhibition Openings

On Thursday 4 June at 11:00 the opening of the exhibition, Connections will take place following the prize-giving ceremony for the finalists in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition in the cellar.

On Friday 5 June at 18:00, the opening of the prestige group exhibition (In) The Nature of Things, curated by Marilyn Martin and Melvyn Minnaar, will take place in the old Synagogue building will coincide with the launch of this year’s festival.

On Saturday 6 June at 10:30 Forms of Expression, a group ceramic exhibiton will be opened by well-known ceramicist, Hennie Meyer. The Windsor Hotel again hosts this popular exhibition. At 13:00, Biodiversity, the second 10-month exhibition for Sculpture on the Cliffs will be opened by Marilyn Martin at Gearing’s Point. The exhibtion of work by ten sculptors reflects a synergy with the rehabilitation of the adjacent Cliff Path and Biodiversity Walk. Second Lives (A repurposed title), an exhibition of work by invited artists Gordon Froud and Diane Victor, will be opened at 14:00 by Melvyn Minnaar at Rossouw Modern Gallery. During the rest of Saturday and Sunday enjoy Focus on Art along the FynArts Amble and meet the artists and your friends at the special exhibition in each participating gallery.

On Sunday 7 June at 16:00, there will be an opening reception at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate (R43). On Show is an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and pastels by contemporary artist, Sheena Ridley, whose sculptures will be displayed in the beautiful setting around the Tasting Room.

Opening Concert and Talks

On Friday 5 June at 19:00 the inimitable Richard Cock will once again introduce the music programme for the Opening Concert. The acclaimed brother and sister musicians, Ammiel and Avigail Bushakevits – pianist and violinist respectively - have flown out from Europe especially to perform for this concert with Camerata Tinta Barocca who are back again by popular request. This promises to be a memorable concert.

The first day of Talks starts at 10:00 on Saturday 6 June with the esteemed film director and screen writer, Jans Rautenbach and a special pre-screening of Abraham his first film in more than 30 years. Rautenbach will introduce the film and lead a discussion after a short interval at the end of the screening. At 15:00 on the same day Christopher Hope, writer of more than twenty novels will talk to Michele Magwood, Contributing Books Editor of the Sunday Times and Duncan Minshull, senior producer for BBC Radio who between them have reviewed, interviewed and recorded a wide range of authors from Barbara Kingsolver to Ian McKewan, and John Updike to Kate Moss.

Opening Food and Wine Events

Davide Ostun from Puglio Cheese has the opening slot on Saturday 6 June at 11:00. In keeping with the Italian Connection he will demonstrate the making of fresh, creamy mozzarella cheese. In the afternoon, at 15:00, the Tikka Boys, Yusuf Sujee and Stephen Mandes, well known as the winners of the Ultimate Braaimaster Competition, will demonstrate the perfect marinade, brine and cure recipes and techniques.

Wine Plus: A Festival Series of Tutored Tastings curated by Melvyn Minnaar presents Showtime: Hemel-en-Aarde on Earth at 15:00 on 6 June at The Marine Hotel. The local producers have been invited to present their best wines and be on hand to discuss their cellar artistry.

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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