It has been 10 years since Hermanus FynArts Director, Mary Faure, approached the Overstrand Municipality with a plan to make her dream of an Hermanus arts festival a reality.
The first official meeting with local government was met with encouragement and an undertaking to assist where possible.
Initially the festival was to be a tourism event focussed on drawing new visitors for more than one night’s stay in Hermanus during the quiet winter season.
The emphasis evolved as the festival programme developed into a unique Western Cape offering that gained traction as a highlight on the calendars of art lovers across South Africa.
The Overstrand Municipality committed its support to the fine arts since the festival’s first hosting in 2013 - both financially and logistically.