This year Hermanus FynArts celebrates its fifth year thanks to the support of our local communities, the wider public, artists, arts lovers, advertisers and our sponsors (Click here) to whom we are all indebted.
The festival started out as a ‘tourism’ event proposed by Mary Faure, the then chairperson of the Hermanus Tourism Bureau. The aim was to create an event that would attract to our area discerning visitors who would stay for more than one night during the quiet winter months. After wide discussions with all sectors of tourism ‘something’ in the arts was given the thumbs up. Writer Christopher Hope steered these early discussions and came up with the name FynArts; Hermanus FynArts, a name at once evocative of our fynbos-rich environment as well as of quality (fyn/fine).
In June 2013, the first FynArts, a fusion of arts festival and winter school, debuted to a warm and generous reception. Over the past four years, the festival has developed a track record of presenting a quality programme of exhibitions, concerts, talks and presentations, workshops, demonstrations and films, as well as events for children.
During this time, the focus of FynArts has shifted focus from being a ‘tourism event’ into becoming a top quality, classic-feel arts-related festival that celebrates South African arts and artists. The Hermanus FynArts Festival is now registered as an NPO. To find out how to support and develop a sustainable FynArts Festival, please click here.
A parallel aim of FynArts is to serve the wider community through ongoing skills development for those with socio-economic limitations who are unable, or have not had the opportunity, to participate in the arts either as a form of expression or for monetary gain. To find out more about how to contribute to skills development and broader participation in the arts, please click here
If you would like to discuss either of these options, please contact Mary Faure, Festival Director at email@example.com or cell 084 600 7068.