The annual Proudly Porterville Art Weekend will take place this year in the picturesque town of Porterville in the Swartland from 26 to 29 November 2020.
This popular art experience – now in its third year – provides an opportunity for art lovers, foodies, families, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone looking for a city escape to get out and about and view and purchase a wide variety of art from acclaimed artists that have made Porterville their home.
Event organisers say that they are anticipating a bumper event this year as local South Africans are satisfying their wanderlust.
Pent up demand for travel and experiences, which developed over hard lockdown has seen a welcome breath of life for small rural towns as South Africans clamour to get out and about after months of restrictions on movement.
Proudly Porterville Art Weekend: What to expect
Proudly Porterville (previously entitled “Pure Porterville”) is in its third year this year and offers art enthusiasts, collectors, investors and interior decorators alike a special weekend of local creative production, plus there are many other activities on offer to make a long weekend of it.
Visitors can expect exhibitions showcasing art and handcrafted products in the form of paintings, jewellery, ceramics, bespoke tableware, woodwork, mosaics, crochet, quilting, beading and more. Local artists will also be facilitating ceramic and painting workshops over the course of the weekend.
Well over ten group exhibitions will take place at various venues throughout the town showcasing the work of a myriad of artists. In addition to this many of the resident artists will be opening their homes and studios directly to the public for the weekend.
Something for everyone
In addition to the arts, there is something at Proudly Porterville for foodies, families, outdoor enthusiasts, young and old alike. Visitors can stock up on fresh local produce, preserves and many other delicacies at the Farmers Market, or enjoy a delicious meal at one of several top restaurants in town. There’s also mountain biking and trail running.
Nearly all of the attractions are within walking distance from each other, so visitors can park and stroll through the town, enjoying the art exhibitions, stopping for a meal, buying local fare – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop as Porterville is nestled at the foot of the Olifants Mountains.
There are many different accommodation options on offer from more remote farm-stays to B&B hospitality in the centre of town, camping, self-catering accommodation and more.
Tickets are not required for the Proudly Porterville weekend as entry is free, but accommodation bookings, restaurant reservations and workshop bookings are recommended ahead of the time due to demand. For more information visit www.portervilletourism.co.za or contact Porterville Tourism Office (022-931 3732).
What: Proudly Porterville Art Weekend
Where: Porterville, Cape, South Africa
When: 26 to 29 November 2020: Workshops on the 26, exhibitions open 27