Acclaimed Artists and Authors at the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival 2018
The final programme for the 4th annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival reveals acclaimed artists and authors to appeal to all tastes. This colourful, community-driven arts festival will take place from Thursday evening the 2nd of August till Sunday the 5th.
The programme is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops and takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village on the KZN South Coast. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, beach and forest, pubs and a Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all venues where events unfold. The Festival theme this year is #Connecting, a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract.
The official opening of the Festival takes place on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm at The Artists’ Gallery. All are welcome to attend. The opening of the Festival will be coupled with a prestigious and historical art exhibition, entitled “Boyley’s World” – the centenary celebration of the life and works of South African master painter Errol Boyley. A superb selection of his works will be on sale.
The Festival planners are delighted to announce that hilarious radio talk show host, journalist, author and television scriptwriter, Ndumiso Ngcobo is one of the top authors confirmed for the Festival. Described as comical, wry and topical – his book entitled Some Of My Best Friends Are White became an instant bestseller, peaking at number two in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Following hot on the heels of this bestseller is laser-sharp commentary on the Rainbow Nation, entitled Is it Coz I’m Black?
Innovative explorer, Riaan Manser will also be present to chat about one of his bestselling books entitled Around Africa on my Bicycle. Riaan has been a lifesaver, a surfer and a rugby player. When he took his bicycle to ride around Africa it was as a commitment to do something entirely extraordinary with his life. He rose to prominence on becoming the first person to cycle around the perimeter of Africa. For over two years, alone and unaided, he pedalled a staggering 37,000 km through 34 countries, some of which rank as the most dangerous countries on Earth. He has also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and has descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points in Africa.
On seeing Manser’s story on television, Nelson Mandela personally requested a meeting with Manser, saying it was “a performance that will inspire the youth of the continent”.
Another well-known author speaking at the Festival is crime writer, Monty Roodt. Monty is presently the professor of Sociology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and he will be chatting about how and why we are fascinated by the dark side of life from a crime point of view. He will also touch on the contents of his latest novel entitled Dead Man’s Land.
Charismatic vet, short story writer and speaker Tod Collins is considered by many to be South Africa’s very own James Herriot and be will sharing his brand new book at the Festival.
Rob Caskie is bound to have all enthralled with his special brand of storytelling and author Sheila Naidoo will be chatting about her new offering entitled Higher Ground.
Jackie Phamatso, Elana Bregin and Nick van der Leek, who incidentally is the great great grandson of Cape-Dutch artist Tinus de Jongh, will be adding their voices to both the panel discussions and individual slots.
Three nights of top class entertainment will also be on offer at the Festival. These include a live poetry evening which will follow on from the Festival opening on Thursday evening. Friday evening offers up a shot of comedy by top Durban comedians in the form of stand-up, entitled Shoot from the Hip. This night of laughter will be in a supper theatre format. The comedians will be joined by the gorgeous Clarissa Pienaar performing a selection of songs from various Broadway musicals and operas. Saturday night sees the sassy Black Orchid Burlesque S.A. dance troupe and swing-jazz singer Natasha Muller take to the stage in an evening of glamour & pearls also in a supper theatre format.
A youth programme is also on the cards for the Festival. Young poets are invited to come along and recite their poetry, a recycling art workshop will be held and a delightful children’s programme is again firmly entrenched in the mix with actresses Barbie Meyer & Kay Federl at the helm.
Sunday the 5th begins bright and early with a sunrise beach meditation headed by author Bernie Vorster. Thereafter, the Ramsgate Conservancy will offer an exquisite, early morning walk along the beautiful coastline, ending on the Ramsgate Whale Deck with a scrumptious breakfast. Tickets for the walk are only R20 p/p and can be purchased prior to the walk at the brand new Ramsgate Eco Tourism office, which will be opened for the first time at the Festival.
A “Wine Down” on Sunday afternoon will take place at the iconic live music venue Rocky Ridge, where all can relax, listen to music and share their connections made throughout the jam-packed four days.
Besides the workshops, beach walk and evening shows – entrance to the Festival and all talks are free of charge.