LOCAL ART, CULTURE & PERFORMANCES ADD CREATIVE FLAIR TO PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL
Exhibitions by local artists, markets bursting with handcrafted goods, musical talent and stand up comedy – these are just some of the creative highlights in store from 4 to 13 July at the 31st annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, recently featured on Business Day TV’s Business of the Arts programme.
Festival manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt says the festival offers creative talents a natural platform. “With so many visitors coming to Knysna from around the country, the festival presents artisans with an opportunity to showcase their work, engage with new customers and sell their products.”
Those who love to shop for unique goods will have many opportunities during the festival, with the free Night Market happening adjacent to the ticketed Knysna Wine Festival on 7 and 8 July, and a festival-long Knysna Market on Union Street which will feature local art, crafts and organic products. The Local Design & Food Market will also take place, this year on 10 July at Knysna Square. This market is a platform for talented designers and foodies from along the Garden Route in a beautifully styled, buzzing environment, with a focus on locally produced home decor, fashion, accessories, clothing and art, as well as freshly and creatively prepared food. Plus, the Knysna Living Local Pop-up Shop – where you can shop for handmade products like jewellery, handbags, scarves & skirts, and ceramics by craft enterprises throughout the Eden District – will once again be open at the main pavilion throughout the Festival.
Perhaps one of the most creative shows during the festival is the Wood Art Exhibition at the Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, where you can see a show of unique handcrafted work and sculptures – like a life-sized rhino and cheetah – fashioned from both reclaimed and driftwood by artist Danny de Kock.
The festival is a natural fit for performance art too, and between the festival pavilion stages and the more than 20 Tabasco® Oyster Hotspots around town, 2014 will be the first year that there will be a full ten days of live musical entertainment by top South African talents like MacStanley, McCreed Band, Heather Waters, Wilderness-resident Wendy Oldfield, and many more.
Stand-up comedy is another type of performance art to take to the stage at the festival, and between the Oyster Comedy Festival on 5 July, and the ‘The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle’ and Tabasco® Knysna Classic on 10 July, there will be no less than six comics putting a happy spin on things.
For more information about the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, including ticket prices and a complete programme of events, visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za, or phone Knysna Tourism on 044 382 5510.
The 2014 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival offers a full programme of more than 100 events from
4 to 13 July. Not to be missed highlights include the Knysna Wine Festival on 7 & 8 July – where up to 50 of South Africa’s best wines will be on offer, the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna gourmet evening on 9 July – where Knysna Restaurants will compete for cash prizes with their best oyster recipes, and the Oyster Shuckle Comedy Evening on 10 July where the Oyster Shucking & Eating Competitions will take place. Plus, the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk will take place on Sunday 13 July, a 5km fun walk to raise funds for the PinkDrive, which provides free breast cancer screening and health education.