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Welcome to FEST44, a new publication brought to you by the National Arts Festival team
FEST44 marks the 44th edition of the National Arts Festival – […]

By |February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Sneak peeks: Hamlet, Jungfrau and Steven Cohen

We’ll be revealing the jewels of the Main programme in the build-up to the National Arts Festival, which opens on 28 June. Here are just three spectacular performances that […]

By |February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

David April, embracing dance in South Africa

The Main programme of the National Arts Festival is selected from an annual open call for submissions by an Artistic Committee, comprising experts in their […]

By |January 31st, 2018|1 Comment

‘An artist’s duty is to reflect the times’

Dancer and choreographer Mamela Nyamza is this year’s National Arts Festival Featured Artist, an annual recognition that celebrates and showcases artists who contribute to South Africa’s […]

By |January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Tuning in to Guy Buttery’s global language

It is the first time since 1981 that the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music has has been given to a non-classical artist, writes Estelle Sinkins
KEEPING the […]

By |January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Remembering Hugh Masekela, jazz legend

We mourn with the rest of South Africa the passing of one of South Africa’s greatest musicians – Hugh Masekela.

The images on this page were shot at […]

By |January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Mamela Nyamza is 2018’s Featured Artist

Each year, the National Arts Festival celebrates the work of a Featured Artist – a South African artist who has consistently exhibited ground-breaking work and […]

By |January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Wanted: Festival pop-up galleries for 2018

With the move of Village Green to the Victoria Girls’ fields in 2018, the National Arts Festival is looking at various strategies to enhance the […]

By |December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Standard Bank ensures the Festival moves forward

Standard Bank has renewed their sponsorship of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, one of the country’s longest and highest profile sponsorship investments, for a […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Meet the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artists

Chuma Sopotela, Guy Buttery, Igshaan Adams, Jemma Kahn, Musa Hlatshwayo and Thandi Ntuli are South Africa’s next breakthrough creatives
Meet the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients. […]

By |November 1st, 2017|0 Comments