Those who enjoyed the Wilderness Festival earlier this month – and those unfortunate enough to miss it – needn’t worry. There will be another chance to enjoy what this year’s crowds experienced, when the sounds, colours and variety of tastes once again fill the seaside village next year. And they won’t even have to wait for a full 12 months.
With plans already underway for the 2018 Wilderness Festival, the annual event is scheduled for a new earlier slot just before the April school holidays, so even more people will be able to join in the festivities which made this year’s festival hum.
This year’s event, the second to be held in Wilderness, brought a whole new gamut of attractions to what is set to become an annual festival. These included the popular Music Colour Run, which saw more than 550 participants running, walking or dancing through blasts of music and colour. For less active music lovers, 30 hours of music, headlined by national musicians Anton Goosen and Andre Schwartz, kept the toes tapping and rhythm going, from two stages. Algoa FM also joined the merriment with a three hour live broadcast of the Algoa FM Top 30.
For the children, Milo the Clown proved a major attraction with his balloon art, flame-blowing and other circus tricks.
For those after really fine wood and wine, stalls at the Wilderness Hotel venue put the festival further on track to becoming the premier food and wine festival on the Garden Route.
Though fun and enjoyment for the whole family was at the core of the 2017 festival, organisers and festival-goers alike proved they have big hearts when it comes to supporting those in need. Thousands of rand in funds were raised for the NSRI; and the SPCA took the opportunity to boost their animal rescue efforts. At the same times, Kula Malaika, a local NGO, exhibited some of their handmade crafts, raising funds for various charity projects.
The 2018 Wilderness Festival will take place on the weekend of March 23 to 24, the weekend leading up to the Easter school holiday period. A return of the Summer Music Colour Run, national and local music artists and the inclusion of even more exclusive wine estates, are planned, as well as maintaining the high standard of food on offer.