Outdoor spaces take centre stage at Plett ARTS Festival 2021 

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Published: July 22nd, 2021

Outdoor spaces take centre stage at Plett ARTS Festival 2021

1 – 9 October 2021

Outdoor spaces take centre stage at the Plett ARTS Festival this year as sunshine becomes the spotlight, the forest becomes the gallery, the ocean becomes the microphone, and the beach becomes the paintbrush in this 2021 edition of Plett’s annual festival of music, film, poetry, and all manner of art media.

“We have always felt inspired by our natural surroundings and the partnership between art and nature,” says festival director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip, “and given the current state of travel, we wanted to offer festival experiences that were both unexpected and appealing to the 2021 traveller.” Thus, the festival is offering a platter of immersive art experiences and performances in nature alongside our traditional exhibitions and pop-ups.

Delightfully different immersive events include a musical marine safari, calling to the whales with saxophone blues and Afrojazz provided by Marcellus Welman – a feast for the senses. Mike Bhayibhile and Lisa Engelbrecht bring their classical roots to the roots of the forest with access via a Robbie Leggat sculpture walkway at Bronze Fields, and The Keurbooms ravine plays theatre to popular classics by Minx on violin on a ferry cruise down the river.

Garden Route Walking Festival pioneer, Galeo Saintz takes us on an unforgettable walking adventure and poetry recital as inspiring as the views are breath-taking.  Poetry has a big presence on the programme this year, with introspective and inspirational works by Galeo, Ntombi Wonci and Was Lemeul.

Art-lovers can take a tour of galleries and pop-up galleries throughout town during the festival, with music and artists in attendance on celebratory opening nights . This year returns familiar ARTS Festival favourites: Plett SunSets, Plett Twilight Meander, and Plett Food & Film for another round of evening concerts. For those wanting to try their hand, Barrington’s will be hosting workshops on drawing and old clothes upcycling for children, in addition to inspiring installation exhibitions and artists in residence.

Following two successful Site_Specific Land Art installations in 2012 and 2013, Land Art returns to Plettenberg Bay this festival with six exciting sites for pop-up artworks at the following venues: Piesang Valley River Mouth, Central Beach, Hobie Beach, Wedge Beach and the Peninsula, Lookout Peninsula and Lookout Beach. In true Land-Art fashion, these artworks are made from the natural environment and are on display only for as long as nature (the tide, the winds, the waves) allows. This follows the recent unveiling of the Plett Recycling Project whale sculpture, created by local artist Derek Saul from recycled materials and functioning as an enormous plastic receptacle with the slogan “Feed me, not the sea” and encourages beach-goers to collect plastic waste and drop it into the whale sculpture.

For peace of mind and respect for our visitors and artists, all current COVID19 safety protocols will be monitored and adhered to. Visitors are encouraged to #PlettArtsSafely by maintaining social distancing, wearing masks at both indoor and outdoor venues and sanitising hands frequently. Organisers will be doing their part by offering bubble seating and hand sanitising, limited capacity at well-ventilated venues, screening on entry, and online ticketing.   

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle


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Contact Cindy Wilson-Trollip on cindy@pletttourism.com or call 044 533 4065.


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