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New look Leisure Isle Festival will have something for everyone

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New look Leisure Isle Festival will have something for everyone
New branding, a new logo and a partnership between Knysna Tourism and the 2014 Leisure Isle Festival committee will result in a much bigger, improved festival this year on 1 and 2 November, says marketing manager of Knysna Tourism, Johan van Schalkwyk.
Van Schalkwyk and colleague Glendyr Fick have been working with the festival  committee to find ways to grow the festival and create opportunities for local crafts people and businesses.
“We are certain that this year our joint efforts will attract new, unique, quality crafters to the festival so that locals and visitors alike will be able to do their Christmas shopping there,” said van Schalkwyk.
Lorr Scalen, Leisure Isle Festival committee chairperson confirmed this. “The arts component in particular is being revived and there will be improved crafts, better food, a proper beer garden, delicious teas, good music, and lots of kiddies activities, all of which will create a whole new ambience for the festival,” she explained.  “It’s the festival we all love, but just so much better.”
One exciting development is that the Knysna Embroidery Guild which in the past has only participated every second year, will now join the Festival annually in Cearn Hall and feature hands-on demonstrations of the different styles of embroidering in addition to their popular exhibition of finished pieces. Members of the public will have the opportunity to try out different styles of embroidery in the interactive area, from cross-stitch and gold work to string work. Items on sale will include felt, sachets, pin-cushions, key holders and Christmas décor.  A framed, embroidered Knysna Loerie will be raffled over the two days of the festival to raise funds for the Ighali Embroidery Festival in 2016.
Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt emphasised the importance of the festival for Knysna: “Save for the Oyster Festival the Leisure Isle Festival raises more for local charities than any other festival staged in the Knysna calendar. Last year it raised R153 000 for five selected charities.”
The newest charity is Loeriehof Old Age Home which will benefit from a combined Fun Run & Walk, sponsored by Feedem Pitseng and the Knysna Marathon Club , which will be staged as part of the Leisure Isle Festival on Saturday 1 November. Both events will start simultaneously at 9:30 am and young and old are welcome to participate. The Walk is a distance of 1,2 km and the Run is 4 km. There will be watering points along the way and fun prizes at the prize giving.
The entry fee is R20 and tickets are already on sale at Sotheby’s in Woodmill Lane, Leisure Isle and Thesen’s Island.
Loeriehof will also run a boerie stall and raffle at the festival grounds and Metelerkamp’s has already donated a “Rolls-Royce” coffee machine with a retail value of R6 500 as the raffle’s first prize.
If you would like to book a stall at the festival you can apply online at www.leisureislefestival.co.za or collect an application form from the Sotheby’s offices on Leisure Island.
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Knysna Tourism is the City of Knysna’s official regional tourism organisation, responsible for destination marketing, visitor and industry services for Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds. For information, contact our Visitor Information Centre on 044 382 5510.

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