The ninth annual Street Parade will be held on the final weekend of the National Arts Festival, signalling the closing of the 44th Festival and celebrating the possibilities that will inspire the next.

With the theme Remixing the Parade, this year’s parade is a broad-based community celebration with giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and street dancers. You are invited to take your place along the route through the streets of Makhanda, and witness how the various skills development initiatives offered by the National Arts Festival and the Creative City Project enable community-based artists to become a central part of the creative economy.

The 2018 Remix Lab will drive this long-standing initiative. Participants have spent the first half of the Festival honing their performance and crafting skills, with participants rehearsing, learning, designing and tweaking their work, which will ultimately wind its way through the streets of Makhanda.

The Remix Lab is a development initiative run by the National Arts Festival that runs workshops and gives artists the opportunity of hands-on experience to assist them in creating sustainable projects, providing them with practical guidance in their fields within the arts industry.

Saturday – 7 July 11:00

The parade will begin at 11am at the Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in Joza. It will proceed towards Maweti, turning left into Nompondo Street. It will turn left into Vellem Street, until it reaches Sani Street. It will turn into Makana Way in front of PA, proceeding up Mbongela Street, and back to the finish at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in Ncame Street.

Sunday – 8 July 12:00

The parade will begin at 12 noon at the Link Street taxi rank. It will proceed down Beaufort Street, turn right into Bathurst Street up to Commemoration Church. It will then turn left, passing the Cathedral. It will travel up High Street and finish on the Drostdy lawns.

The ninth annual street parade