The monthly Hermanus First Fridays (HFF) Artwalk once again brought a festive atmosphere to town on Friday evening, 1 February. Not only were the galleries packed with art-loving locals and visitors, but the restaurants in town were fully booked, too, as artwalkers turned the event into a night out on the town.
HFF has been one of the most successful and sustainable initiatives, not only in promoting Hermanus as an art destination but also in drawing people to the CBD over the last five years. The tourists love it, and so do the locals. The galleries benefit, and so do all the other businesses in town, most notably the bars and restaurants.
Our town owes a huge debt of gratitude to the dedicated members of the HFF committee under the leadership of Liz Coates, for the vision they had in establishing the Artwalk and for ensuring that it continues to add a vibrant dimension to the cultural scene of Hermanus. Long live the Artwalk!