Plett ARTS Festival – The show’s not over! 

Published: July 30th, 2020
by Cindy Wilson-Trollip

Plett ARTS Festival – The show’s not over!

Plett ARTS Festival 2020

The Plett ARTS Festival went ahead against all odds this year – the national state of disaster, funding needs, the lack of live audience participation and the greatly missed loyal Plett ARTS festival supporters who come to Plett during the winter months.

The WC government marketing and investment agency, Wesgro, stepped up and made funding available for virtual events in order to stimulate the events sector during Covid, and Plett Tourism was grateful to receive an allocation of R15000 which enabled Plett to go virtual from the 20th June to the 02nd July.  This amount contributed to technical crews and streaming costs.  Ten shows performed by Plett local artists hummed across cyberspace to fans in South Africa and worldwide celebrating Plett ARTS Festival – La Vida Local. 

The good news is the show’s not over yet!  The performances that were recorded are now available free of charge, to view on demand, on the Plett Tourism website and we will be releasing the shows as a Facebook series.  On viewing the shows, you have an opportunity to make a voluntary donation towards the sustainability of the Plett ARTS Festival, and a portion of your donation will be paid to the artists. 

In amongst all the efforts to ‘flatten the curve’, the learning curve for artists, producers and technicians took on a fast and furious upward trajectory.  In true Plett community spirit, safe venues for performances were offered, and technical information was freely shared to get the shows on the air. Artists dug deep to perform to empty halls. Our thanks to Mel’s Place in Keurbooms, St Peters Anglican Church, the N2 lounge in Kwanokuthula and the Surf Café. 

Music, in the House, Rap, Jazz, Popular/Folk and Classical genres, dominated the programme and we were fortunate to have 2 performance pieces – spoken word and a play.  The wide range of superb Plett talent did not disappoint and ticket sales were good, especially when taking into consideration that for every ticket purchased, possibly a whole family is watching.  Some of the shows were free performances and the contribution, time and effort of those artists who did not get paid, is much appreciated. 

Plett fine artists also participated and their art could be viewed on the Plett Tourism website, with pared down galleries for each, and the opportunity to connect with the artist to view more works. Cross marketing with Facebook enhanced the opportunities to view and was co-ordinated with live gallery displays.

So if you missed the “live” Plett ARTS Festival, please click here and choose a show to enjoy safely at home, with a take-out dinner from your favourite restaurant.