Final call for entries: 2014 South African Arts Journalism Awards

The deadline for entries to the second annual South African Arts Journalism Awards is fast approaching! “We have received submissions from across the media spectrum – articles published in print and online, podcasts and radio broadcasts, TV and Youtube material, and a range of arts photography,” says Chris Thurman, convenor of the judging panel. “But we have increased the size of the ...

Grahamstown Sings!​

Masicule – Let’s Sing! is a choral concert taking place in Grahamstown on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 March, at 16:30 and 19:30 respectively. Hosted by immensely popular Umhlobo Wenene presenter, Putco Mafani; and made up of choirs from all over Grahamstown, the massed choir finale will include at least 500 voices and promises to be a goose-bump inducing experience!   A Creative City ...

Call for entries for 2014 South African Arts Journalism Awards

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are pleased to call for entries to the second annual South African Arts Journalism Awards. The awards identify excellence, expertise and creativity. In doing so, they promote the practice of arts and cultural journalism, strengthen its national profile and celebrate its importance, range, diversity, fluidity and ...

National Arts Festival launches Creative City project in partnership with European Union

The National Arts Festival has announced the launch of a new partnership with the European Union (EU), which will see over R6m invested in the City of Grahamstown’s ‘Creative City’ project over the next two years. The partnership, through which the EU will support the Festival’s “Makana Arts Academy” project, was announced in Grahamstown this evening.   “We’ve seen from the ...

Impact Study confirms National Arts Festival’s significant economic contribution to Grahamstown

The National Arts Festival is a significant driver of the economy of the City of Grahamstown and the Eastern Cape Province, contributing an estimated R349.9m to its economy, and residents are adamant that the event is part of what makes their City special. These are among the conclusions of a major socio-economic study conducted in 2013, the results of which were released today.  The study ...

New ticketing system for National Arts Festival

The ticketing system which powers the iconic Edinburgh Fringe is poised to change the way South Africans experience the arts from 2014, with the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown being the first to introduce its audiences to “one of the world’s most efficient, robust, versatile and secure systems”.   The Scottish event, the largest arts gathering in the world, sells over 2.5 million ...

National Arts Festival 2014 Fringe opens for applications

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2014 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size ...

“ADULTS ONLY…” for second National Arts Festival “Short Sharp Stories Award”

The National Arts Festival again partners with author Joanne Hichens for the second annual Short Sharp Stories Award for South African short-story fiction.  An anthology of selected stories will again be published from submissions to the award. All writers are asked to submit a story under the theme “ADULTS ONLY… “ this year. “There are few writers of literary merit who approach ...

Multi-talented Homann wins Young Artist Award for Theatre

Multi-talented theatre director and academic Greg Homann has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Theatre. Greg Homann has directed an impressive array of work in varying styles and forms that include drama, comedy, musical theatre, musical revue, contemporary world-drama and new South African plays. Homann graduated from Wits with a BA ...

London-based opera singer humbled by Award from home

Durban-born Baritone Njabulo Madlala has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for music. Madlala is the 2010 winner of the most prestigious prize for singers in Britain, the Kathleen Ferrier Award. He is also the winner of the Singers Section at the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition, of the 2012 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and the Royal ...