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Get into the Festival Spirit this Spring!
Friday, 12 August 2016

Written by Lisa Leslie

We are edging our way towards the end of winter and have much to look forward to over the warmer months ahead – with not one, but three popular festivals scheduled to take place in Knysna over the next few months. Not only are festivals important local economic drivers but they also play an important role in strengthening community spirit. Most of these festivals also have fund raising initiatives in place which benefit countless local charities. So be sure to mark your calendars for these fantastic events!!

Knysna Arts Festival
Knysna has long been known as a town with a thriving creative community – boasting incredible talent across multiple artistic genres. This 9-day arty affair takes place from the 1-9 October 2016, and is once again being hosted by Sotheby’s International Realty. This festival serves not only as a fantastic platform for local artists to showcase their talents but is also a way for funds to be generated in support of several worthy beneficiaries.
“We have appointed a larger team of organisers for the 2016 event to ensure that we can seamlessly grow the Knysna Arts Festival into a major destination event without it losing its Knysna flavour or independence” commented Sotheby’s International Realty principal, Peter Mare. “The underlying philosophy of this event is to stimulate locally produced art whilst also supporting the greater Knysna community”, he concluded.
The 2016 festival will be concentrated around a central ‘Art Hub’ at the Woodmill Walk which will be the dynamic centre of activity, with workshops, art exhibitions and several performance arts offerings including theatre, cabaret, dance and live music.

Leisure Island Festival
The Leisure Isle Festival is a feel-good annual event organised by the community – for the community. It takes place in Kingsway Park, Leisure Island on the 5 & 6 November 2016. It aims to provide local crafters and businesses a unique opportunity to showcase and sell their products, promote community spirit, and provide a venue for approved charities to raise funds.
A wide number of local businesses, organisations and individuals support this much loved local initiative. “It truly is a case of locals supporting the needs of the local community”, states the official website.
This festival is an ideal family event, with a host of activities geared towards children.

The Knysna Timber Festival
Our town is deeply rooted in timber and the Knysna Timber Festival, which takes place at the Timber Village on Welbedacht Lane from the 11 – 13 November 2016, is a fitting celebration of our heritage and is paving the way for the reawakening of Knysna’s multifaceted timber culture.
The festival presents local wood crafters and master cabinet-makers with an opportunity to showcase their expertise, while also serving as an ideal platform for various businesses and brands to market their products and services. The festival is geared towards professionals in the field as well as hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts and the general public. It even caters for the little ones.
Day One: A workshop event with interesting presentations by industry professionals.
Day Two: Will feature TV personalities, DIY workshops, Timber Games, a Timber Trail Run and Kids Zone.
Day Three: Focuses on the outdoors, exquisite kitchens and timber related literature.

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