The Commitee

This is the amazing committee of 2016!

They're a bit old fashioned in their ways, especially with the Festival having gone 'Vintage' this year, but they're keeping things right on track for a fabulous Festival! All of them are volunteers who have a passion for fun and even greater passion for Sedgefield and our very own Slow Festival! This years' festival is YEAR 6 and we're all working exceptionally hard to make sure it's the biggest and best yet!

Back row left to right: Rose Bilbrough,Amanda Dixon,Joanne Scholtz

Front row: Riana Hanekom, Tori Anderson, Liza Farrer, Tertia Rothman, Marianne Dobrautz,Tina Booysen, Nikki Jones

Missing from photo: Gerda vd Westhuizen,Cornel Delafield, Pauline Hawkins

Slow Festival History

2010 -

The concept of the Slow Festival came about when 2 friends, Jean Wright and Di Young- both passionate about Sedgefield...

2011 -

With a lot of work done during the course of the following year by Amanda to get local businesses, venues and establishments involved to host or organise suggested events, the 2011 Festival grew to include 31 events...

2012 -

The biggest committee yet- 10 volunteers in total, organising the 2012 Slow Festival was certainly a case of more hands make lighter work…and more positive, dynamic minds and greater action make for a bigger, better Festival...

2013 -

A wonderful and still- growing committee of 16 people (all of us volunteers) took on various portfolios and pumped masses of energy and vibrancy into pulling the 2013 Festival together...

2014 -

: Knysna Tourism's allocated marketing budget for Slow Festival 2014 is R15k...

Why the Slow Festival?

Sedgefield's Slow Festival is about returning to family values, real experiences and a natural way of life...

After Sedgefield was declared Africa's first Cittaslow town and after a number of residents had been to Shaun van Eck's tourism update, they decided they needed to come up with an event to put Sedgefield onto the map.

The Sedgefield Slow Festival was born!

All the initial planning of events was based on these concepts:

  • How do we best showcase the town and surrounds?
  • How do we create opportunities and benefit for all local business?
  • How do we make sure the whole town can take part in the fun?
From it's humble beginning in 2010, the Slow Festival continues to grow. Every year the festival is getting bigger, better planned and involving more charities and local businesses who are beginning to see that they can benefit from and can make the Festival work for them.

It's a festival celebrating the real things in life: Wholesome goodness, Family, Friends, Fun, the Outdoors and Great food. There are plenty of activities for the children and indeed the whole family to do. There is entertainment galore, much to see, great competitions with lots of prizes to be won and best of all, many deserving charities are supported by monies raised during the festival.

Be sure to make the Slow Festival an annual calendar highlight and a weekend of unparalleled family fun and discovery. Book into any of the town's quaint and affordable guesthouses and B&B's and explore all that our Slow Town has to offer- on foot, by bike or by horse-drawn carriage.

It offers a myriad of fabulous family fun! Make your way to Africa's first official 'Slow Town' to celebrate the Slow Festival from the 18th-20th April 2014.

Cittaslow Goal

The goal of the Cittaslow movement is
to resist the fast pace life of most cities throughout the world
while at the same time improving the quality of life in it's recognised towns.

It aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle
which includes making time for pleasure and leisure,
looking after the environment,
caring for the elderly and
many more things which support a slower more fulfilling way of life.

Cape Nature
Desmond Scholtz
Digital Warrior
Sedgefield Lions