Hilton Arts Festival introduces an ‘art to auction’ project


Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson.

THANKS to the generous support of First National Bank, the Hilton Arts Festival will be hosting an exciting and unusual “art to auction” project.

Festivalgoers will be able to watch art being created and auctioned before their very eyes at the FNB Art Block. Iain “Ewok” Robinson will be transforming one entire side of a building on the Hilton College campus on September 13 and September 14.

Actor, slam poet and a genius with paint, Ewok has an intriguing plan up his sleeve: record your bid while having a selfie taken with him — he may even need your help!

If you cannot be there, e-mail your bid in advance to admin@hiltonfestival.co.za by no later than September 12. At 6 pm on September 14, there will be a live auction, with the highest pre-recorded bid as the reserve price.

All funds raised from the auction will go to several early childhood development charities.

Shaun Edmeston, head of niches at FNB Business, said they are excited to partner with the Hilton Arts Festival to make the innovative “art to auction” project a reality.

He added: “Art is an important part of our history and continues to play a significant role in shaping the culture of society, as well as early childhood development.

“FNB remains committed to supporting initiatives that not only promote nation-building, but empower and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”

Speaking about graffiti and street art, Paul Venter, executive director of art and culture at Hilton College, said that it is an art form that continues to be relevant to all people of all ages.

“It inspires thought and creativity among children in their early years, in teenagers trying to make sense of the world and adults who enjoy being challenged.

“All festival visitors will be interested in this Ewok piece and it’s wonderful that all proceeds will go to a good cause.”

Ewok will also be performing his new show, Unentitled, in the Drama Centre at 4.30 pm on Saturday, September 14 and 4.30 pm on Sunday, September 15.

In his seventh Spoken Word Theatre piece, the performance sees him stuck squarely at a crossroads, not by choice, but because history put him there.  He didn’t ask to be born white. Who would? What does that even mean, anyway? Now he’s stuck, not sure which move to make or which direction to take. He’s stuck, trying to kill time … but history won’t die.

Ewok is an award-winning performer, hip hop artist and published poet. Unentitled was  first commissioned by the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University , Connecticut, in 2017 as part of their Global Theater Series.

Tickets for the show are R100. Please note: no under 15s.

To book for the festival, go to http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za and download the full programme. You can also book at the box office at Hilton College. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT. For more information, phone 033 383 0126 or e-mail theatre@hiltoncollege.com


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