The Knysna Timber Initiative (KTI) has invited exhibitors for its annual Knysna Timber Festival, which will take place from 5 to 7 October, 2018.
According to KTI chairperson, Morne Smith, arrangements for the Festival are well underway - with an exciting programme of exhibitors, talks, and product and skills demonstrations.
The Festival will kick off with a Garden Route Regional Timber Industry Stakeholder Workshop hosted by KTI and and the Knysna Municipality, and sponsored by Wesgro (the Western Cape Province’s tourism, trade, and investment promotion organisation). The workshop will take place on Friday morning, 5 October.
“Skills and skills development are probably amongst our most immediate needs, which is why the workshop will focus on training,” said Smith. “We’ve lined up some top-rate speakers - including Apprenticeship Game Changer Lead in the Province’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Dr. Florus Prinsloo, Wesgro’s Denan Kuni, and Paul Hoffman of the South Cape Economic Partnership - who we believe will make this one of the most relevant workshops that we’ve had in this region in a while because they can be expected to provide us with workable answers to some of our challenges.”
While the workshop will be open to industry players, the festival precinct itself will play host both to members of the tourism economy, and to members of the public. According to festival manager Picca de Bruin, exhibition spaces are still available in the marquees as well as in the outdoor display areas.
“As always, we’ll be welcoming everyone in the family to the Festival, which is an important platform for introducing young people - especially - to the value and opportunities inherent in wood and timber. But it’s not only about the serious stuff of course: as always, there’ll be plenty of entertainment, our traditional beer garden, and activities for the kids,” she said.