Tourism Newsletter

RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL – a Raging Success A hearty and resounding BRAVO! to the wonderful mottled bunch of organizers and volunteers for putting together this fabulous annual event. The overriding theme for Festival this year was “# Connecting” – and boy was there a great deal of exactly that going on. “The tireless plotting and planning for The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, was worth every drop of blood sweat and tears!” is the general consensus from everybody who visited, sponsored, spoke at, worked and volunteered at the Festival. The action took place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and our beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean were all ‘venues’ where amazing talks, shows and events unfolded.             The date has been set for 2019 so diarize now! Thursday 9th August – Sunday the 11th August 2019 The core group of the Festival would like to say the following: THANK YOU RAMSGATE!!!!Well, the dust has settled, the organizing team has had a break and the post festival analysis is complete. What a fantastic success! 1553 Visitors 23 Authors giving us their personal stories 15 Artists sharing their works 30 Poets enthralling us with their poems Opening of the New Eco Centre, Poetry by candlelight, Children’s Programme, Recycled Workshop, Supper Theatres, Pub Quiz, Win Walk, Street Market and an awesome Wine Down at Rocky Ridge. We would like to thank each and every person who was involved directly or supported the festival by visiting which made it the huge success that it was. A special thanks to all the local businesses who got involved. From the feedback we received, the value added through the additional exposure was well worth it! The strength of our community was... read more

Ramsgate Tourism Newsletter

RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL – UPDATE The tireless plotting and planning for The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival, is heating up to boiling point! The program is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops. The Festival takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village itself. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, car parks and our beautiful Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all ‘venues’ where events unfold. The overriding theme for Festival this year is “# Connecting” – a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract. The official opening of the Festival takes place on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm at The Artists’ Gallery. All are welcome to attend. The opening of the Festival will be coupled with a prestigious and historical art exhibition, entitled “Boyley’s World” – the centenary celebration of the life and works of South African master painter Errol Boyley. A superb selection of his works will be on sale. Residents on the South Coast who would like to sell their pieces painted by Errol Boyley at this exhibition, are welcome to contact Artists’ Gallery. The Festival planners are delighted to announce that hilarious radio talk show host, journalist, author and television scriptwriter, Ndumiso Ngcobo is one of the top authors confirmed for the Festival. Described as comical, wry and topical – his book entitled ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are White’ became an instant bestseller, peaking at number two in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Following hot on the heels of this bestseller is laser-sharp commentary on the Rainbow Nation, entitled ‘Is it Coz I’m Black?’     Also taking part in the festival is multi-talented author Paul Crilley. Paul has been writing professionally for the past 15 years and... read more

Crime Alert: Ramsgate NGO Scammed

The Chairpersons and Committee of the Ramsgate Conservancy and Ramsgate Tourism wish to let you, the Members, know that we have recently become an unknowing victim of an e-mail scam that has resulted in our paying out funds intended for contractual payments for the refurbishment of the new Ramsgate Eco-Tourism Info Centre, to a third, fraudulent party. These scams have recently been widely broadcast in the media and innocent people are continuing to fall prey to these unscrupulous and malicious fraudsters each and every day. It is a testament to their lack of morals that they target community and charity organizations like ours.  As a result of this scam, an amount of R75 000 has been paid from the project fund to a fraudster.  Please be assured that it is by no means due to any negligence on our part, but we do however apologize unreservedly for the loss that we have incurred.  A case had been opened with the police and the two banks concerned are working to resolve this issue.  Please also be assured that further protocols and stricter measures have now been put in place in an attempt to prevent this from happening again and we ask you all to be alert when making any monetary payments whether in private or business capacity. In the meantime, the show must go on!  As a result of this situation, we are now short of funds to complete the project on time.  Until such times as we know whether the banks will pay back the money, we urgently need to raise funds to continue. Funds can be in the form of a loan or a donation.   A local donor has kindly offered to enter into a ‘Match Funding’ situation with the community.  In other words, for every Rand donated by a community member or... read more

Tourism Newsletter

RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL DATE IS SET! Thursday 2nd August – Sunday 5th August 2018 is the weekend chosen for this year’s Festival. After the resounding success of last year’s Festival, it was decided to bring the date forward slightly so as to hopefully, avoid torrential downpours – which was the only dampener (excuse the pun) that could be said about the 2017 Festival. Already, the core group of this Festival has met with a larger group of volunteers who are keen to get on board to help organize various sections of the Festival, as well as the business owners in Ramsgate. Everyone seems to be in synch on this one: this year will be even bigger and better! For one, the weekend has included one extra day – starting with a bang on the Thursday evening and ending on the Sunday afternoon. This will allow for the Festival to be beefed up by offering more time and opportunities in the way of on-site events, book signings, authors giving talks, art exhibitions, pop-up book shops, workshops, performances, demonstrations, themed meals, specials, crafts, street food, buskers etc. If anyone would like to get involved or do something specific on the Festival programme please get in touch with one of the organizers listed below. All suggestions are welcome and any constructive help is encouraged. No-one knows your business better than yourself so the idea is that each business concentrate on their own space. All are encouraged to use their own initiative to ‘dress’ up your business by offering products or services unique to your industry – in a quirky, eye-catching, manner. This is a community-driven Festival – start brainstorming ideas and share them! Peter Kilian 082 442 5539 Pauline Lee 083 654 4303 Natascha Muller 078 043 8437 Barbie Meyer 082... read more

Tourism October Newsletter

RAMSGATE BOOK & ART FESTIVAL  Fri 10th – Sun 12th November 2017 Ramsgate centre is soon to be ablaze with all things bookish and   arty on the second weekend of November! The programme is   bursting with a line-up of authors chatting about their works, book   signings, and books for sale. Expect storytelling, pop-up poetry, a   supper theatre, exquisite art, workshops, wine tastings, antiques,   excellent food and much more! The events will take place in the main road of Ramsgate village in   venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other. The Festival will officially open with an art exhibition at Artists’   Gallery showcasing the work of painter Claudia Plunkett and the   exquisite new collection of prints in the Elaine Goodman Fine Arts   section of the Gallery. Saturday will be choc-a-bloc with interesting talks, book signings and interesting food options both in and around the various restaurants and businesses in the Village centre. Please ‘like’ the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival on Facebook to receive more information and updates on the programme. Or call Pauline Lee on 083 6544 303 or Barbie Meyer on 082 496 3545. Calling all poets! The Ramsgate Book & Art Festival invite all poets to become involved in this year’s festival in two specific ways: Poetry Reading: There will be poetry readings (original or otherwise) – one session for adults (18 yrs +) and one for young people of all ages. The specific time and venue will be announced shortly along with the rest of the programme. All those interested in taking part to contact Barbie on 082 496 3545 or email: to book a slot. Entry fee: Bring a book for our Charity Book Box! Printed Poetry Book: Submit 1- 3 original poems for a book which is going to be printed and launched specifically at... read more

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