Recent comments by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile promise a shake-up of the institutions that are life-and-death for artists.
Reports of the death of stagecraft are exaggerated, says Brent Meersman. He turns the footlights on SA's playmakers who are getting it right.
The National Arts Festival, due to be held at the end of June, has released details of its 2013 programme.
Until you've seen young minds create and execute ideas with limited experience and meagre budgets, your appreciation of art will never be adequate.
David Kibuuka, Johannesburg-based comedian, is a nice-guy funny man. "I don't rip people off in real life - why would I do it in a show?"
Percy Zvomuya finds time during the Arts Festival to make a pilgrimage to Fingo Village and document the graves of obscure Zimbabwean royalty.
It is surprising that this is the first year the category has been officially included on the festival's main programme.
Anthea Buys was surprised that only two audience members walked out of the opening performance of Steven Cohen's Cradle of Humankind.
A cover of traditional material on a European shrine dilutes a perceived power and levels the playing field.
A national arts festival is all very well, but do we even agree on what "arts and culture" means in SA, asks Mpho Moshe Matheolane from Grahamstown.
There may be no WordFest this year, but the love of language is alive and thriving at this year's National Arts Festival, writes Hailey Gaunt.
Brett Bailey's new work recreates the museums and spectacles in Europe to which millions of people flocked to see "inferior" darker races.
Percy Zvomuya meets a football fanatic from Argentina who finds himself in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival.
The performing arts shouldn't look for audiences in alienating cultural bunkers like the State Theatre. Try outside rather, writes Brent Meersman.
For the third year running volunteer students are collaborating with artists and performers with the aim of opening the festival up to everyone.
They may make it look easy, but trying to earn a living from the theatre is as emotionally draining for performers as it is physically taxing.
Percy Zvomuya sees merit in the free open-air performances that have become such an important part of the National Arts Festival.
The Free Thinkers lecture at the National Arts Festival's Think!Fest was not the only place where dialogue and freedom of expression was explored.
One of the joys of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is serendipity. Most gigs are clustered in one venue. Here are the M&G's picks.
He has many awards behind him, but for Andre Petersen his career purpose lies in faith, love and learning.