The National Arts Festival hosted annually in Grahamstown is the largest celebration of culture and the arts on the African continent, and is certainly a not-to-miss event for any cultural enthusiast.
The Festival runs for 11 days, generally running over the end of June into the start of July and can be separated into two main programmes consisting of Main and Fringe productions respectively. One can witness a wide array of cultural disciplines of display ranging from drama to stand-up-comedy, from opera to magic shows and from craft markets to jazz festivities.
The Festival, like so much that Grahamstown has to offer, is steeped in historical significance of the South Africa we know today. The Festival served as a platform for political protest during the heights of the apartheid era as it has always been open to all, regardless of race, sex or creed. Today it still holds its significance as a breeding ground of cultural innovation and development, whilst the no-censorship philosophy allows artists and cultural enthusiasts to explore news ideas and facets of culture.
Witness a wide array of cultural disciplines of display ranging from drama to stand-up-comedy, from opera to magic shows and from craft markets to jazz festivities
The Festival is an intense 11 days of artistry and culture and at times can be overwhelming. There is no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Town than at 8A Grahamstown, where tranquillity meets luxury.