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Newsletter #8 13 June 2015
Dear FynArts Supporter

FynArts 2015: Onward and Upward!

Sold out concerts! Sold out dinners! Sold out films! Exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, workshops and the third Hermanus festival was off to a rollicking start. By the end of the festival more than 300 musicians (including choir and orchestra members) will have been part of FynArts. In addition 200-plus artists – sculptors, painters, ceramicists, jewellers, glass artists, quilters – will have taken part, as well as more than 50 presenters of talks, demos, tastings and workshops that include writers, artists, chefs, wine makers and other personalities.

Concert tickets still available

The line-up for this closing weekend has plenty of music on offer. Don’t miss Three Professors on Three Pianos, on Saturday 13 June at the Dutch Reformed Church at 19:00. This is a premier event presented by three professors of music from UCT – Francois du Toit, Albie van Schalkwyk and Franklin Larey.

Don’t miss the two big closing concerts on Youth Day at 14:00, Tuesday 16 June. The one is the Deft Big Band, one of the most exciting bands in South Africa today under the leadership of trumpeter, Ian Smith. This concert will be at the Dutch Reformed Church at 14:00. The second Youth Day concerts will be held at the Zwelihle Primary School, also at 14:00. Johannesburg-based jazz guitarist, Selaelo Selota, back by popular request will perform together wthin his three-piece band.

Selaelo Selota will also offer a solo guitar concert at the Municipal Auditorium on Sunday afternoon at 14:00, and the Delft Big Band will perform at the Thusong Hall, Hawston on Monday 15 at 14:00.

More concerts not to be missed are the two to be held at at the Anglican Church at 12:30. At Future FynArts you will be thrilled at the scope and talent and variety of the music performed by top young musicians from the Overberg. On Monday 15 June, All Strings Attached – an unusual ensemble of two harps and a violin, brings the end to the lunchtime concerts for FynArts 2015.

Concerts that are sold out include: Idiom Festival of Italian Opera; Songs of Love; as well as Noel and Gertie, In Love Again.

Demos, Talks and Film

DEMONSTRATIONS: there are still a few tickets for the last few demonstrations at the at the Mac Brothers Pop-Up Kitchen at the Windsor Hotel. On Saturday join the SA Braaimaster Champs Yusuf Sujee and Stephen Mandes for tips on how to Marinade, Brine and Cure at 11:00 – and for something completely different, don’t miss Christopher Peter, well-known flower arranger as he creates arrangements out of Next-to-Nothing at 15:00.

The next day, Sunday, Sheila Walwyn will show how to add texturing techniques to fibre art using a heat gun, soldering iron and felting needle; Tactile, Textile, Textures In the afternoon at 15:00, Shane Sauvage will share his passion for creating Fusion food.

On Monday 15, there will be two last demonstrations: Abalone Delights at 11:00. The second demonstration – the Aperitivo Tradition is fully booked.

TALKS at the Municipal Auditorium: tickets are still available for a great line-up of talks: At 10:00 on Saturday 13, David Grier in The Chef How Bolted will talk about his adventures while running nearly 17 000 kms for the Miles for Smiles Foundation. At 11:15 Dylan Lewis: An Untamed Force will talk about his new book that showcases some of his most ambitious works and traces his development as an artist.

On Sunday at 10:00am, an entertaining panel discussion, Round the Table, with Italian food writer, Giovanna Sartor and chef and extreme adventurer, David Grier, will be lead by the initimable Garth Stroebel, Hospitality Consultant and chef. This will be followed at 11:15 by the first of a two- part lecture presentation on the Coastline Overstrand by Dr Robin Lee, of the Hermanus History Society. The second talk.

FILMS: Breathe Umphefumlo – we are very privilged to offer a special public screening of this pre-release film. Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, this South African version takes place on Youth Day. The fillm will therefore be screened on 16 June in the Municipal Auditorium at 10:00 as well as the previous day at 5:00 at the Learn to Earn conference venue. Director, Mark Dornford-May and Pauline Malefane, lead singer, will be present at both screenings to discuss the film.

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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