Transnet Village Green Fair

The Transnet Village Green Fair is home to some of the best craft and crafters South Africa has to offer. Handpicked for their fine work and dedication to their craft, most of these artists will be present to talk to you, and to showcase their work.


Give yourself a couple of hours (or days!) to wander the maze of marquees at the Fair. Explore the amazing talent of some extraordinary artists, and pick up some of their work to take home with you. It’s unquestionably the most interesting collection of tastes, sights and sounds you’ll ever find in one place. Then, when you’re on the verge of dropping from all the shopping, you can get a meal from the food court, or enjoy some spontaneous outbursts of AMAZING! The kids play area will feature performances, clowning, puppet shows and activities to keep them occupied throughout the day.

If you’re wondering where to find the latest sporting action, the Beer Garden includes flat screen TVs so you don’t need to miss a single second.

The adjacent Steve Biko Building houses a host of exhibition venues, a box office, a restaurant and the Cuervo Music Room, and will be wi-fi enabled, making sure that those who want to stay connected with the outside world have plenty of opportunity to do so.


How to apply for a stall at the Transnet Village Green Fair

All new applicants must submit a written letter of application.  The application letter should include:

  1. A brief description of how the product is made
  2. Price range of the product
  3. Colour photos or a sample of the product you wish to sell.

Existing stallholders must complete the official application form.  New and existing applicants must submit a clear colour photograph of their product to our address before 15 February 2013.  The Transnet Village Green Fair Selection Committee will meet in March and applicants will be notified in writing during April as to whether or not their applications have been successful. There is a non-refundable administration fee of R160.00 which needs to be paid when applying for a stall. Please write your name and surname as reference.

Bank details:
Standard Bank Cheque Account Grahamstown
Account name:  National Arts Festival-VGF
Account number:  282 621 873
Branch code:  050 917

The Selection Committee’s decision is final.  The plan and further information will be forwarded to both new and existing successful applicants in April 2013.  This serves as confirmation of the booking.

Transnet Village Green

This craft market is situated on a field on Rhodes University Campus.  A stall is an area of approximately 3m x 3m inside a marquee.  A 32mm steel tubing framework demarcates the stall.  There are no upright or cross sections in these frames.  The price of these stalls is R4 250 for the duration of the Festival.  All stallholder must attend for the duration of the festival.

Village Green trading hours are from 09:00 to 17:00 daily.  Traders are granted access from 08:00 to 17:30 only.  The public is admitted between 09:00 and 17:00 only – after which only security staff has access to the grounds.

Transnet Village Green Outdoor Trading Area
This market is situated on Rhodes University Campus but not inside a marquee.  The price of these stalls is R4 000 for the duration of the Festival.  Goods must be removed each evening at 17:00.

NO ELECTRICITY is supplied in this area.

The Informal Trading Area

This market is situated on the area on the side of the Cathedral and the areas leading from Church Square to Fiddlers Green Fun Fair.  Trading space may be booked in advance.  No electricity is provided in the informal area.  The rules and conditions of the Informal Trading are available separately.

Stall prices are R45 per meter per day.  Your stall will be confirmed in May 2013.  All applicants must have a valid South African Identity document and supply a copy of such.  Full payment must accompany your application.
Food vendors are restricted to the road surface at the end of High and Hill Streets.  Tow hitches must be included in the size of the stall requested.

If you require any further information please contact our office on Tel:046-6031182, Fax 046-6031183 or email at