Hyde Park, Johannesburg – On Wednesday night, Hyde Park Corner came alive with the launch of The Rotary Arts Festival #HPCRotaryArtsFestival, sponsored by Sanlam. Among the esteemed guests were media maven and Fashion Editor for DESTINY & DESTINY MAN magazines, Asanda Sizani, artist-entrepreneur Nelson Makamo, Morning Live anchor Leanne Manas and the co-hosts of SABC1’s The Real Goboza, Phat Joe and Amanda du Pont.
The #HPCRotaryArtsFestival saw 75 artists showing their work and exceeded the standard and fundraising success of last year’s event, with engaging collaborations and new initiatives. This year, a broader Arts Festival includes book launches, music and an inaugural portrait competition, which was held last night and won by 47 models – Paul and the Austin by Cathy Verheul.
DESTINY and DESTINY MAN’s art-inspired #YouthMonth issue covers which feature self-portraitist Tony Gum and artist Nelson Makamo on the cover are highlighted with Blow-ups of these art-inspired covers outside Exclusive Books in Hyde Park Corner until Sunday 12 June when the festival ends. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to take selfies in front of the posters, post them on Instagram and tag @destinyconnect, @destiny.man and @hydeparkcorner with #SupportLocalArt.
The funds raised for the 2016 Festival will be used for: 12 families with deaf or hard-of hearing infants via Hi Hopes; The annual Senior Youth Leadership Course; private school fees for three young orphaned girls from Christ Church Christian Care Centre in Berea, Johannesburg at McAulay House School for Girls, and the training of a White Cane Instructor for the rural blind at The College of Orientation and Mobility.
Immerse yourself in art and head to the #HPCRotaryArtsFestival:
Venue: Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Dates: 2 June-12 June 2015
Viewing hours: 9am-9.30pm daily (2 June from 6pm-9.30pm and 12 June until 4pm)
Visitors will be able to view the artworks at Hyde Park Corner in these areas:
- Guest artists – Centre Court
- Bag Factory – Lower Mall (2nd floor)
- Botanical group – Upper Mall (6th floor)
- Figures & Form – Middle Mall (4th floor)
- Miniature artists – Upper Mall (6th floor)
- Photography – Upper Mall (6th floor)
- Printmaking – Upper Mall (6th floor)
- Watercolour (IWSSA) – Upper Mall (6th floor)