Nestled against the majestic Riviersondereind mountains lies the quirky village of Greyton and for the second year running it is host to the Creative Arts Festival from 26 – 28 August.
To add variety and unconventionality, organisers have cast their net beyond Greyton to include over 40 artists from the Overberg region.
Aside from the DRC hall and Anglican Church hall, works are being exhibited at shops, restaurants, studios, private homes and accommodation establishments throughout the village.
The festival programme line-up aims to attract a wide audience. Included is an outing to a working dairy farm, a guided hike to the Genadendal bushman paintings, close encounters with farm animals, informative talks, an introduction to clay pigeon shooting, an architectural heritage walk of the village, beer tasting at Greyton’s very own brewery, gluhwein by candlelight and a late night movie evening. Children are encouraged to attend various talks on treatment of animals and plant education.
Greyton’s famous Saturday market with its upmarket crafters and local food stalls is extending opening hours to accommodate the expected increase in visitors.
Workshops suitable for young and old have been arranged to take place at various times over the weekend.
“Many small villages as ours rely on tourism as their primary source of income,” explains John McGlashan chair of Greyton Tourism. “An event such as the Art Festival is very important to us as it attracts new and repeat visitors to town stimulating local economic development.”
“The local economies of many towns depend on the revenue, employment, and income that festivals and events bring to the community” Claire Watt LED manager points out. “Amongst the benefits of holding an event such as Greyton Creative: favourable reviews by attendees, number of return visitors – both local and out of town, and the variety of attractions that festival-goers can enjoy indicate that this event is both a successful economic stimulus and an effective community development tool.”