Visit Knysna is excited to announce that the Virtual Knysna Oyster Festival will take place from 27 June until 4 July 2020.
Despite the Management Committee’s initial announcement in April to postpone the festival until 2021, it was decided that there is nothing stopping the popular festival from re-convening online, allowing for a virtual festival to take place.
“Planning is underway and we would like to encourage our local community to take this opportunity to be a part of this year’s first Virtual Knysna Oyster Festival. The main components of the programme will include sporting events and activities, all in virtual formats. The destination promotion of the greater Knysna area will form the backbone of the activation, focusing on sport, fitness, leisure, food, arts, the community and culture that we have to offer”, said Visit Knysna’s General Manager, Colleen Durant.
Andrew Finn, the appointed Festival Coordinator for 2020, is already in conversation with the local organisers who had previously shown interest in hosting events. The opportunity is also available to local artists, performers and anyone who is keen to be involved in promoting their creative skills - these can include arts and crafts lessons, yoga classes and even knowledge-based webinars.
Talented locals who believe their skills can capture an engaged audience are invited to complete the online event hosting application form on www.KnysnaOysterFestival.co.za. Applications close on 31 May 2020.
Once all applications are received, a vetting process will take place to ensure that there is no duplication of offerings, whilst ensuring that a high standard of delivery will be achieved. Events can select their own format for presentation, must produce their own content material and possibly even garner funding opportunities through their show. All events will be promoted and presented through the Knysna Oyster Festival social media platforms and YouTube links.
The annual anchor events, which include the Knysna Cycle Tour and Knysna Forest Marathon, are currently planning the formats that they will roll out participation for the event, details will be published once confirmed.
“We see this as a great opportunity to garner community interest and involvement, whilst keeping the festival alive, and promoting it towards an even bigger and better event next year”, commented Festival Coordinator, Finn.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, added: “The Knysna Oyster Festival is a key feature on the Western Cape’s annual event’s calendar – and we’re thrilled to hear that the programme will be accessible virtually. It is clear that the tourism industry needs to embrace digital strategies and seek new revenue streams, and we look forward to seeing what the new innovative programme has to offer.”