The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, to be held 10-12 November and organised by the Ramsgate Conservancy and Ugu South Coast Tourism’s Ramsgate Area Committee, has announced key events as well as authors and artists, who will form part of this year’s festive line-up.
In the heart of the coastal and decidedly artistic village of Ramsgate on the KZN South Coast, festivalgoers will be welcomed by a community street festival atmosphere with book and market stalls, special events ranging from author’s talks to art exhibitions, workshops, storytelling, poetry readings and entertainment. Best explored on foot, families and art lovers will receive a festival programme at registration on Saturday, 11 November at the Artists’ Gallery as well as a map. Entry fee is a book to donate to schools to be distributed by Rotary post the event. Most events are free, except for a few workshop and entertainment events and some donation-based events. Food and drink is generally for the visitor’s own pocket. Each time a festivalgoer visits a participating venue, a sticker will be put on the festival map, which later becomes a personal competition entry to win a holiday for 6 people in 2018, sponsored by Club Leisure Group. Visitors will also have many opportunities to relax and enjoy some of the best food and wine available on the South Coast at top restaurants or pop-up stalls around the festival.
The festival officially opens on Friday, 10th November at 6pm at the Artists’ Gallery in the company of the organisers, sponsors, participating authors and artists as a new art exhibition will be opened at the venue featuring painter Claudia Plunkett and the Elaine Goodman Collection. From 8pm till late, enjoy open mike poetry by candlelight in the magical garden of Burlesque Café.