WOODRIDGECollege will open its doors to the public for the Knock on Wood Arts Festival, taking place from today until Thursday.
The festival is a cross between an Eisteddfod – an arts competition where participants submit their creative works for adjudication – and an arts festival, aimed to bring art, literature, poetry and music to the public.
Woodridge music department head Carika Rademan said: “The main aim is to create a festival where children can come and engage with other children in the arts.”
No fewer than 20 schools from around Port Elizabeth will participate in the Eisteddfod part of the festival.
While the 300 entries for visual arts and creative writing have already been adjudicated and are on display at the school, the musical aspect of the Eisteddfod will be played and adjudicated during the festival.
Award ceremonies will take place at the end of each category.
Rademan said there would be a lunchtime concert every day.
The line-up includes Virgil Mattrass and his jazz group, Victoria Park woodwind and jazz orchestras and various Woodridge ensembles.
During the evenings there will be a variety of musical performances including an NMMU School of Music group that will perform a range of classical ensembles.
They will share the stage with the Woodridge Septuplet.
The festival will also feature a benefit for Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino.
Several local musicians will perform, including Tiaan Uys, Hugo Kleinhans, Lloyd Martin, The Stuart Reece Band and Faye Gatley and the Soloflares.
Gatley said: “We just want to have fun, show some new songs from our EP and [we feel] it’s for a great cause, Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino.”
The festival will conclude with a performance from the NMMU Choir.
Entry fees for the evening concerts are R30 for adults and R20 for children.
Refreshments and a light supper will be available.
Contact Tanya Schenck on (041)956-6200 for further details.