The National Arts Festival is offering those planning on travelling to Grahamstown the chance to snap up tickets to select shows before the full programme goes on sale on 7 May, with its ‘Early Bird’ booking promotion. From today, a trio of shows goes on sale, with more being added over the next few weeks. The Festival takes place from 28 June to 8 July in Grahamstown.

On sale now are three must-see productions – one directed and choreographed by this year’s Featured Artist, Mamela Nyamza; one from Canadian performer Alon Nashman, whose multiple appearances over the years have earned him a strong following among Grahamstown regulars; and acclaimed director Jade Bowers’ interpretation of a Caine Prize winning text.

“We’re going to be using the month before we open full booking to turn the spotlight on some of the productions that demonstrate the breadth and depth of this year’s Festival offering,” National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “In the mix will be some Festival favourites together with some of the new, innovative work we’re presenting this year, as well as one or two surprises.”

“By going on sale with these shows early we’re giving those who have already made the decision to come to Grahamstown the chance to lock some highlights into their schedule; and we’re giving those who haven’t yet made their minds up even more reason to join us,” Lankester said.

The three shows that are now open are:

Don’t forget to check back regularly as more shows come online…