General Information

19th South African National Quilt Festival
Presented By
Dias Quilters' Guild
Port Elizabeth
3 - 8 July 2017

General Festival Information

Evening Events

The venue for the evening functions will be the Junior Collegiate School Hall, located on the same school grounds as the Festival. Only 250 tickets are available for each function, so make sure you book in time!

Book tickets through Computicket.

  • Sunday 2 July: Welcome Supper @ 19:00. R 125 per person
  • Monday 3 July: Prize Giving Dinner @ 19:00. R 165 per person
  • Saturday 8 July: Farewell Supper @ 19:00. R 125 per person

Iron Quilt Challenge


It's going to be loud. It's going to pit quilter against quilter. It's going to be extreme patchwork like you have never seen before. Three well known teachers in the spotlight... Will they cope or buckle under the pressure? Who will win the challenge? We dare you to attend this special fun evening as you will be the judge!

  • Wednesday 5 July, R 30 per person at 19:30 in the dining-room of the Collegiate Hostel! Book your ticket through

Ivy Leaf Cafeteria

Refreshments such as light lunches, a selection of cakes, hot and cold drinks etc. will be available at the Ivy Leaf Cafeteria close to the Registration area.

Quilt Exhibition

The competition quilts will be displayed in the gracious Stevenson Hall.

Exhibition Times:

  • Monday 3 July - Friday 7 July: 09:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 8 July: 09:00 - 15:00

White Glove Duty

Volunteers for white glove duty are always in demand at Festivals. They play an important part in educating the general public to appreciate quilts and the art thereof. It is also a way of protecting the precious quilts from damage by overenthusiastic fingers. To volunteer to do duty, please contact Zelda Basson at to add your name to the White Glove Duty roster.


The following meetings will take place during the festival week:

  • Sunday 2 July @ 08:30 SAQG Committee Meeting in Hostel
  • Tuesday 4 July @ 17:15 SAQG Teachers Forum in Jubilee Science Lab
  • Wednesday 5 July @ 17:15 SAQG Biennial General Meeting in Jubilee Science Lab
  • Thursday 6 July @ 17:15 SAQG Judges Forum in Jubilee Science Lab


The quilts on Exhibition are the property of the Quiltmakers. Should you take photographs of these exhibits and wish to use it for anything other than personal records, it is imperative that you obtain written permission from the quiltmaker(s).

Shopping Malls

Shops will be housed in the main Shopping Mall and in nearby classrooms in the Shopping Alley, all conveniently situated near the exhibition hall, workshop areas, lecture hall and hostel. Most of the quilt shops in South Africa will be trading, so make additional spending money a priority as the shops will be jam packed with the latest wares! Remember, Festival time is shopping time. ATM's will be available at the nearby Greenacres Shopping Centre and shops will have access to credit/debit card facilities.

Trading Hours:

  • Monday 3 July - Friday 7 July: 08:30 - 17:30
  • Saturday 8 July 2017: 08:30 - 15:00


The Collegiate High School is centrally situated in Port Elizabeth and close to all main access routes into the city. The Committee recommends the following options should you need transport from the Airport:

  • Shield Tours:

Transport from the PE Airport can be booked in advance with Igna Tregoning of Shield Tours at after which she will confirm your booking. Igna offers a special rate for Siyadala delegates of R60 per person or R30 per person with minimum two people per transfer from the PE Airport to your drop-off point.

Please add the following information to your transport request:

  • Name(s) and number of people arriving
  • Flight number
  • Flight arrival Time
  • Drop-off point.
  • Specify that you will attend the Siyadala Quilt Festival.

Note: For transfers back to the airport, please state pick-up point, Flight Number and Departure Time.

  • Uber - a private taxi-style car:

Make sure to download and register the Uber App on your smartphone so that you can request transport. The service provides a cashless solution that charges your ride directly to the credit card on file with your account.

Note: Your personal security is your own responsibility, please be vigilant and careful at all times when using shuttles or taxis.

Silent Auction

Look out for the special group of small quilts by well-known quilters which will be on display in the Exhibition Hall. These quilts will be auctioned during the festival, so make sure to make a bid on these collector's quilts! Silent bidding will open on Monday 3 July and will close on Saturday 8 July at 15:00 after which the successful bidders will be notified of their purchases.

First Aid

The Greenacres Hospital and pharmacy is conveniently close to the venue. Please report casualties to Registration.


The organizers of Siyadala - We Create 2017 National Quilt Festival accept no liability in the event of accidents leading to physical injury, disablement or death. Further they accept no liability in the event of loss or damage to any property brought onto the Collegiate Girls' High School premises, irrespective of whether such loss or damage arises from fire, theft or any other cause, or as a result of negligence (gross or otherwise) or a wrongful act committed by any person whether in the employ of the Collegiate Girls' High School or the Siyadala - We Create 2017 National Quilt Festival Organizers.

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