We’re only too aware of the pressure we’re all under when it comes to watching our Rands and cents. That’s why we’re keeping ticket prices as low as possible, and laying on loads of discounted and free events to ensure that there’s something for everyone at this year’s National Arts Festival.

Here are some top tips to help you enjoy the Festival on a budget:

1. TICKET PRICES – Tickets range from R30 to R150, with the average ticket price being around R60. Plan ahead and book some shows before you hit town – but also allow enough time in your days to view exhibitions, linger in interesting places – and to fit in any hit shows that are creating a buzz.

2. CONCESSIONS AND DISCOUNTS – Learners, students and pensioners can qualify for discounts on most shows (proof of ID may be required). Group bookings – 10 or more tickets – also qualify for a discount. Other Fringe specials include 2-for-1 shows and Free Fringe (please donate freely!).

3. FREE STUFF – There’s plenty on offer for free: the raucous Sundowner Concerts (17:00 daily in the Monument Foyer), art exhibitions, international buskers, public art as well as ‘craft gazing’ at the Village Green Fair and Church Square.

4. HOP ON, HOP OFF – The Festival Hopper travels between Festival venues and is free to use (although tips are appreciated by the drivers).

5. SHARE ACCOMMODATION – Cheaper accommodation is available through Rhodes University, or why not share a house with a group of friends? There are a wide range of options available – check out tips in our Hospitality Brochure.

6. PLAN AHEAD – Join our Artbucks programme and earn 10% credit on all your ticket purchases, to spend at next year’s Festival. 2020? Bring it on!

Main image: Sundowner Concert at the Monument / Michelle Hodgkinson