Guide to the Innibos Kunstefees 26-29 June 2019

By Focus Online Team on March 18, 2018

The annual Innibos Lowveld National Arts Festival makes a return to the Mpumalanga events calendar in June 2019. Innibos Kunstefees is an iconic local festival celebrating Afrikaans music, theatre, cabaret, children’s theatre, literature and the visual arts – ‘innibos’ in the heart of Nelspruit – just 20 minutes from Casterbridge Hollow Hotel. The 2019 Innibos Festival takes place from 26-29 June at various locations around Nelspruit.

Innibos Festival

Year on year, Innibos welcomes an ever increasing number of people, with an estimated 100 000 festival goers last year. Over the years, the festival has received accolades country-wide including the 2017 Fiesta Awards in Cape Town, where it was voted the country’s most popular festival. More than 200 performers, including musicians, actors and artists are expected to showcase their talents at this year’s Innibos Kunstefees.

Innibos Kunstefees Facilities

At the epicentre of the Innibos Festival is over 200 art, craft, and food stalls open up to the public. The festival also has a restaurant and beer garden which provides refreshments for those in need of a shady retreat amidst the excitement of the festival. Family-friendly Innibos provides a fully equipped and supervised kid’s entertainment’s area which is available to keep the little ones active and amused for the duration of the festival.

Innibos Kunstefees

Innibos Festival Sappi Boeke-Crawl 27 June 2019

There will also be a ‘book crawl’, where festival-goers are able to board a bus and travel from stop to stop listening to various writers talk about their books and give book readings. This year Bohemian Grove Cafe, Silver Mist GUest House and Van Loveren Wines host the very popular Sappi Boeke-crawl.

The Sappi Boeke-crawl is like a pub crawl but with a difference! Here 240 patrons (80 per session) make their way from one location to another to listen to readings by well-known Afrikaans poets and authors. There is complementary music along the way.

The first stop this year is at Bohemian Grove Cafe where actress and word artist, Elsabe Daneel joins forces with musician Wilken Calitz, to sound old and new poems musically. Sounds are picked up on stage, recorded, processed, and then mixed with a presentation to exploit the heifers to the bone. So you’ve never heard of old poems.

Next, it’s up to Long Creek Lodge where award-winning and beloved writer Riana Scheepers will read from her work.

The last stop will be in the small chapel where Waldemar Schultz and Ira Blankenberg present some of Afrikaans’ most beautiful love poems.

Date: 27 June
Time: 14h00, 16h00 & 18h00
Place: Kaapsehoop

Hosted in Nelspruit, the amazing Innibos Festival attracts all sorts of different and interesting people from all over the globe. This is one South African festival that needs to be marked in your diary.

For more information about where to stay in White River for 2019 InniBos Kunstefees, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced reservations team at +27 (0)13 737 7752 / +27 (0)72 752 0952 or via Casterbridge Hollow Hotel is located roughly 25 km from the main festival venue and offers modern, sophisticated accommodation within hotel grounds that boast a swimming pool, gym facilities and lovely restaurant.

We can help to organise transfers between Innibos and Casterbridge Hollow with Seasons in Africa transfers. With vehicles based in White River, Hazyview and Hoedspruit, all major airports, game lodges, hotels and attractions throughout the region are easily accessible. We look forward to welcoming you to Mpumalanga for 2019 Innibos!

Innibos Festival Contact Details

  • Exhibitors enquiries:
  • Performances/artists:
  • Website:
  • Phone: +27 (0) 13 741 5294

Image credits:
onRoute Magazine
Lowvelder – 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *