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Arts Events

quoteDance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. Samuel Beckett.



Witness the wondrous creations and remarkable tale of how Plettenberg Bay yarn artist, Naomi Louise Franklin, soared to overnight fashion celebrity as a result of her genius creative collaboration with acclaimed South African designer, David Tlale.

Interact and immerse yourself in Naomi’s breathtaking, upcycled wearable artworks and gain a personal insight into the artist’s creative journey at Barrington’s on Friday, the 1st October between 17:00 & 18:00.

Dates & Times:
Friday 01 October 2021
5.00 pm
: Barrington’s
Entry: FREE








On Tuesday evening take to Main Street and meander the galleries, restaurants and coffee shops alive with music and artworks of all descriptions.

Sip on a glass of wine while browsing the exhibitions. A whole lot of fun and a bit of madness, the riel dancers, and the beat of drums.

Make a night of it, and go on for supper at one of Plett’s fine restaurants.

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 5 October, 4 pm – 7 pm
Entry: FREE









Expect the unexpected Wafi and WandaLUNCHBOX THEATRE BRINGS YOU WAFI AND WANDA

It’s not every day that you meet a beautiful big blue whale or a friendly cuddly dog on the streets and beaches of Plettenberg Bay. This year the Plett Arts Festival is inviting you to ‘Expect the unexpected’ and this might just be your chance!

Lunchbox Theatre has been performing educational theatre shows in schools across the country for over 13 years and 2 of the stars of their show, WAFI the dog and WANDA the whale will be out and about in Plett hoping to meet as many of you as possible.

So keep a watchful eye for them and take a selfie with these wonderful Plett residents. You stand a chance to win some amazing prizes.







night of 1000 owlsNIGHT OF 1000 OWLS

This is for EVERYONE who likes to Draw, Doodle, Paint & Create!

Raptor Rescue Plett is fundraising for the birds in their care, and the call is out for 1000 A5 submissions of owl Doodles & Artworks to form part of the mini-exhibition. Each Artwork will be on sale for R100.00 and for each artwork submitted, the artist’s name will be entered into the lucky draw to win a prize!

The exhibition takes place on the evening of Wednesday 6 October and artworks will be available to purchase throughout the Plett Arts Festival, 1 – 9 October. The lucky draw will take place on Monday 11 October.

Entries can be dropped off at Raptor Rescue Plett or send to Post Net Market Square/ Plettenberg Bay Post Office or emailed to

Dates & Times:
Opening Night Date and times: Wed 6th October, 5pm – 8pm
Entry: FREE
: Raptor Rescue Plett, The Heath Complex






The Heath complex, a collection of eclectic curiosity shops, textiles and furniture design, eateries and Plett Raptor Rescue will be open for celebration on Wednesday 6 October from 5 pm to 8 pm to launch their exhibitions and activities during the Plett Arts Festival.

The main part of the Ilovani Showroom is converted into a Gallery space exhibiting paintings, sculpture, prints, furniture, lighting and a myriad of captivating showpieces. Langalapu will be exhibiting nature-inspired wearable art and homeware. Raptor Rescue exhibits The Night of a 1000 Owls, in honour of the majestic birds in their care.

Join them for wine, snacks and lively conversation. Purchase Owl works to support Plett Raptor Rescue.

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 6 October 2021
5pm – 8pm
: The Heath, N2
Entry: Free







Celebrating pure craftmanship, bespoke wines, fine food and fine art in one extraordinary evening with wine pairing and 4 course dinner in the company of working artists. Artworks produced during the course of the event will be auctioned at the end of the evening.

Dates & Times:
Thursday 7 October 2021
: Barrington’s
Entry: R500pp

Limited to 50 pax









A free talk on land art and beach calligraphy.

Andrew van der Merwe is a professional calligrapher living in Cape Town with a wide range of experience in the letter arts. As a child he discovered the surprising beauty with which the beach would respond when touched right. Simply scratching the sand did not satisfy. The mark had to be experimental, playful, surprising and beautiful. Later, in the 1980’s, as a surfer and a young philosophy student, the mark-making became calligraphy, and so beach calligraphy was born. Sensitive, sensual and entirely transient, beach calligraphy is yet a serious discipline, a meditation and good exercise.

In this slide and video lecture, Van der Merwe will share how this entirely new art form evolved and how it’s done. He will freely show the tools and techniques, discuss his philosophical approach and the psychological benefits.

Have a look at his work under the name @beachscriber on Facebook and Instagram where he has a strong international following.

Venue: Beacon Isle Resort conference room
Date and time: Thursday 7th October, 6 pm – 7.30 pm
Tickets: FREE








Nelson Mandela Day #actionagainstpoverty

A curated exhibition of 100 drawings on sale for R200 each.

In honour of Nelson Mandela’s legacy, R100 of every drawing sold will be donated to the Masizame Drop In Center in New Horizons.  The remaining R100 will be gifted to the artist for their participation in the exhibition fundraiser.

Dates & Times:
Sunday 10 October 2021
10am – 2pm
: Barrington’s
Entry: FREE








This festival, true to the spirit of “expect the unexpected”, you’re invited to participate in My Family Rocks. Unexpected rocks is a fun concept which has taken firm hold in cities across the globe and now in Plett. The whole family can get rocking and spread the love.

Paint a rock and place it for someone to come across unexpectedly.  Spread love, inspiration and a little joy.  When you find a rock relocate it for someone else to stumble upon.  But not before taking a picture for your instagram page of your rock with the environment or your family as a background.

Use #plettrocks and #myfamilyrocks.  You could win a prize for best rocking family caught on camera.






Ephemeral land art works will be on Central Beach, Hobie Beach, The Wedge, The Lookout Rocks and Lookout Beach for the duration of the festival,  first in construction and then as complete works before they are washed and blown away.

Take a walk in the open-air gallery to view these evocative works and engage with the artists.  Capture them on camera for your Instagram page, and you may be in line for one of our great prizes. #plettlandart





On the spot buskerON THE SPOT

Plett Arts Festival brings an opportunity to have your say out loud.  Find the round red platform under the tree between Pure Café and Soul Kitchen and put yourself on the spot.

You can sing, recite, play your guitar, philosophise and gather a socially distanced audience to applaud or boo what you have to offer. Buskers can put out a hat, and on-lookers, put your hands in your pockets to show your support.

This corner is dedicated to Mama Jean Sparg who in her quietly outspoken way actioned so many projects in Plett and made a difference to the town and all the people of Plett she so dearly loved.

As you stand on the spot, glance up and down Main Street at the beautiful indigenous beds of flowers, shrubs and trees, planned and planted by Jean.  As you drive by New Horizon, note the 99 trees planted alongside the N2 by Jean and dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Her legacy lives on.