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Hope For Hilton Festival

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International donors please note - you will only be able to donate in USD currency. You will be taken to PAYPAL - if you do not have a paypal account, just use the "check out as guest" option. 

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COVID-19 has had a catastrophic impact on theatre and the arts across the world, destroying livelihoods and careers in a matter of months.  In countries like South Africa, where the arts have been historically chronically underfunded, the situation has been even more dire. And is now threatening the existence of one of the country’s best-loved arts festivals.     

Since 1993, the Hilton Arts Festival has proudly showcased the best of South African theatre, dance, music, comedy, fine art and crafts. It’s become a 3-day long beacon of creative expression, a platform for established and emerging talent to hone their craft, performing in front of thousands of visitors annually.

Through the years the Hilton Arts Festival has hosted works written or performed by theatre luminaries such as Athol Fugard, John Kani,  Pieter Dirk Uys and Fiona Ramsay (to name just a few), It’s helped launch or further the careers of writers and artists such as John van de Ruit, John Vlismas, Greig Coetzee and many, many more, and thousands of learners have been given the opportunity to watch, and participate in performances as part of the Hilton Arts Festival’s Jongosi youth programme.              

The Hilton Arts Festival should be preparing to celebrate its 30th year of existence in 2022. Instead, sadly, it is fighting for its very existence. As a largely self-funded festival, with extremely limited income from sponsorships and national grants, the Hilton Festival has been dependent on generous donations in kind from festival hosts, Hilton College, and suppliers (such as lighting and sound service providers). The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the South African arts industry is that many of these businesses no longer exist or are simply not in a position to support the Festival in the way they used to.  

So, this appeal goes out to you, the theatre and arts lovers of South Africa and the world, to help us bring Hope For Hilton Festival with a donation of any size or denomination. All funds raised will be used to fund productions on the Festival stages for 2022, and to pay artists, performers and crew – many of whom have not been able to work for nearly a year and a half. 

Donations

  • Oct 07, 2021 - USD $ 66.77
  • "All the best" - Alan

  • Sep 28, 2021 - R 1 058.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • Aug 29, 2021 - R 1 058.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • Jul 30, 2021 - R 1 058.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • Jul 30, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "with admiration for your tenacity" - Sue Murphy

  • Jul 10, 2021 - USD $ 140.77
  • "Best wishes for success" - ROBIN ESSAME

  • Jul 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "We need the arts and artists going forward" - Angela Rivett-Carnac

  • Jul 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "A truly special annual event" - David Muller

  • Jul 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Let's save the arts! " - Marion Cooke

  • Jul 04, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Here's hoping." - Antony Lovell

  • Jun 29, 2021 - R 1 058.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • Jun 28, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Hilton Fest is imprtant for KZN Arts and artists

    " - Adi

  • Jun 27, 2021 - R 140.00
  • "Sam’s Coffee for Hilton Challenge" - Caitlin

  • Jun 25, 2021 - R 35.00
  • "Duncan Bonella coffee challenge" - Janet Hare

  • Jun 23, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Hope x

    " - Samantha

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 105.00
  • "Here's my 3 cups of coffee!" - Razeen Dada

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the very best with this mission. Caroline Smart" - Caroline Smart

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all the joy you provide" - Debbie

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 35.00
  • "Here's my cuppa!" - sue

  • Jun 22, 2021 - R 35.00
  • "Sam's Coffee for Hilton challenge " - Dunx Bonella

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "For the arts! " - Jasmine

  • Jun 09, 2021 - USD $ 147.34
  • "FINGERS CROSSED....." - NICK AND ANGELA KIGHTLEY

  • Jun 08, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "This Festival must live!" - Bryan and Cara

  • Jun 08, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Its essential to preserve the Arts festival

    " - Peter

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "#HopeforHilton" - Amanda

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Former Hilton boy! " - Bongani Msubo

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 550.00
  • "From Macbob Zapper Acc" - Macbob zapper

  • Jun 02, 2021 - USD $ 7.27
  • "Keep the arts going! " - Clint

  • Jun 01, 2021 - USD $ 47.28
  • "Hope you can get this happening" - Cornelia

  • Jun 01, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck and looking forward to next year

    " - Cliff Barnes

  • May 31, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    HOPE for the arts!

    " - Kerry and David Fraser

  • May 31, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "We wish the Hilton Festival a long and happy future." - Tony Voss

  • May 30, 2021 - R 1 058.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • May 29, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "Best of luck. We have missed it so much." - Pierre Cronje

  • May 28, 2021 - USD $ 36.34
  • "Worth saving" - Karen

  • May 28, 2021 - USD $ 109.01
  • "Thanks Sue, Evan and crew for keeping your eye on the prize " - Kat Dawes

  • May 28, 2021 - USD $ 36.34
  • "." - Vicky Leach

  • May 27, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "For the love of the Arts!" - MAS Ballet

  • May 27, 2021 - USD $ 72.65
  • "Hoping that we can enjoy this in 2022!" - Ryan Ramdass

  • May 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Can't wait to celebrate the 30th year of Hilton Fest! We got this. " - Karla Thring

  • May 24, 2021 - USD $ 71.62
  • "Good luck " - Hugh Lobban

  • May 22, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "This festival must go on!" - Jane

  • May 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Creativity takes courage thank you " - Mandy Solomon

  • May 20, 2021 - USD $ 70.90
  • "Best of luck to all concerned!" - Brian Moor

  • May 20, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Life without art is too bland to conceive" - Roxy

  • May 19, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Best of Luck ! " - The Bagnall Family

  • May 19, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Go, Hilton Arts Festival, go! (But please don't leave)" - James Cuningham

  • May 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "thank you sue" - Jonathan Clark

  • May 18, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "

    Wonderful enriching annual event .

    " - Renata Walsh

  • May 17, 2021 - R 500.00
  • ""Hope is why we tell the stories. LIFE is why we tell the stories. Love is why we tell the stories" Hilton Festival is a home and archive of our stories. Remain strong! " - Brenda Sakellarides (Radloff)

  • May 17, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "“A nation that does not support and encourage its theatre is - if not dead - dying...” - Federico Garcia Lorca" - Mervyn and Kay McMurtry

  • May 17, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    All the best from the Durban Girls College

    " - Durban Girls College

  • May 15, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We Love The Hilton Arts Festival" - Theresa & Simon van der Vyver

  • May 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "With the demise of the NAF you become the most important English language Festival - you must survive." - Simon Cooper

  • May 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I was there for the very first festival and it has been a significant event on my calendar ever since. Praying you receive the funding you require to keep this wonderful event alive." - Ruth Davidge

  • May 13, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Art and Culture in this country needs our support !" - Steve and Debs

  • May 13, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Missed it so much last year. Would hate to think there would never be another one." - LYN and ROGER HORNER

  • May 13, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Close to my heart. " - Carolyn Higgs

  • May 13, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck guys. " - Cathy

  • May 12, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hoping for the very best into the future for the Hilton Fest" - Tim Wells

  • May 12, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "With love and hope. X " - Janna

  • May 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    A new beginning .....

    " - Stubz

  • May 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "This wonderful festival has given our family so many beautiful memories over the years. Looking forward to many more." - Mickey Harty

  • May 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We wish you all the best. Liz and Julian Beare" - Julian Beare

  • May 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "This month's contribution. Hilton Festival must rise again!!!" - Kristi

  • May 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Not just a donation but an investment " - Aaron and Lisa

  • May 10, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Good luck to Sue and the team! Sending lots of love and a little bit of money.

    " - Jacobus van Heerden

  • May 10, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "

    Everything of the best for this amazing event

    " - Sharon

  • May 10, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "

    We must keep the Hilton Arts Festival alive. Let's all dig deep!

    " - Zylem Pty Ltd

  • May 09, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "Looking forward to attending the Hilton Festival again." - Neil Urmson

  • May 09, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Good luck" - KERRY

  • May 08, 2021 - USD $ 150.00
  • "The arts must survive if a society is to be successful." - Christopher Catherine

  • May 08, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "This is the most relevant festival in KZN, especially as it provides Jongozi for schools! We can’t imagine the possibility of it not being there!" - Think Theatre

  • May 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing for a speedy return." - Roland Perold

  • May 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck!!" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Small contribution towards what is such a beautiful and important annual event xxx" - caroline dassonville

  • May 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best " - Megan

  • May 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "The show must go on" - Rogerio Calvario

  • May 07, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Alan Bell

  • May 07, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Keep up the good work !" - Hugh Desmond Overy

  • May 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    All the best

    " - Anon

  • May 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Good luck with your efforts

    " - Sharon Lennon

  • May 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    The show must go on!

    " - Eth

  • May 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    May the Festival continue - I'm an avid fan.

    " - Claire

  • May 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Long my you thrive

    " - Arthur Hughes

  • May 07, 2021 - R 50 000.00
  • "Let’s keep the arts alive in South Africa! " - Carolyn Steyn

  • May 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Such a special festival!" - Kim&Mike Ward

  • May 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "It is very important to support the Arts always, but especially during these times! They feed my soul!" - Morris Family

  • May 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "." - Jen

  • May 06, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "With Gratitude & Hope" - Marion C

  • May 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You have done so much for performing artists and art lovers in 30 years. I hope the HAF keeps going for another 30 or more." - Imp

  • May 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "good luck" - anonymous

  • May 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing all goes well" - Margot Farr

  • May 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Need to help our Arts people after this Covid interruption!" - Debbie Parfitt

  • May 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Please keep going" - Shenley

  • May 06, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Keep on keeping on :)" - Anonymous

  • May 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck!" - Carole Hibbert

  • May 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "In loving memory of old boy who loved the Arts and Hilton" - Des Sonnenfeld in memory

  • May 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We need you HAF! Love and hope xx" - Lisa

  • May 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Save the Hilton Arts Festival! " - Ingrid

  • May 06, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Hoping that this amazing festival is able to happen! Such amazing opportunities are created through this festival!

    " - Lexi

  • May 05, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Wish I had more" - Adriana Sewell

  • May 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We have to keep the Hilton Arts Fest alive!" - Mandy Lottering

  • May 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Well done to the festival team for their grit and determination!" - Pete Storrar

  • May 05, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Well done on this initiative. Together we can achieve great things." - Amanda Pistorius

  • May 05, 2021 - USD $ 500.00
  • "Wish you all the best!" - Rich C.

  • May 05, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Sending hope for a bumper Hilton Festival in 2022." - Greg Homann

  • May 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Hoping much more support will come..." - Jeremy S

  • May 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for God's favour over the 2021 Hilton Arts Festival" - Brett Udal

  • May 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Holding thumbs that you reach your target!" - Col

  • May 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • ""Thank you for the music". Long live HAF." - Hilary and Judy

  • May 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for all your efforts - we must all join together to keep The Hilton Festival alive!" - Katherine Reardon

  • May 04, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Chin up" - Marina Harilaou

  • May 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We must pull together and keep this Festival going." - Caroline Dewberry

  • May 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "For the many moments of sheer love experienced at Hilton. We must save the Festival" - Ismail Mahomed

  • May 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We must prevail in this!" - Andrew

  • May 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "I sincerely hope you meet your target! Have enjoyed several HAF!" - Mandy Poole

  • May 04, 2021 - USD $ 350.00
  • "Sent with love and hope" - Sally

  • May 04, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck. " - Anon

  • May 04, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Great initiative - and such a great cause!" - Iain and Lynne

  • May 04, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sent with love and prayers" - Bronwyn Owen

  • May 04, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "With much love" - Bee

  • May 02, 2021 - USD $ 1.00
  • "Testing " - CC

  • May 02, 2021 - USD $ 1.00
  • "Testing using first option of sending rands. By CC not PayPal. " - CC

  • May 01, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Fitty Europe" - Felicity Harty

  • Apr 30, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Testing Global Pay" - Xoli

  • Apr 30, 2021 - USD $ 5.00
  • "Testing" - Nikhilesh Senapati

  • Apr 28, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "UK testing testing " - Christopher Catherine

  • Apr 27, 2021 - R 10.00
  • "Testing " - sue Clarence

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The Hilton Arts Festival is a proudly South African event held annually in September. It began in 1993 and aims to showcase the pick of South African performing arts as well as provide a platform for visual art exhibitions. Its Jongosi youth programme provides a vital introduction to the value of the arts as a life skill.