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National Arts Festival: Even if the wells run dry
National Arts Festival: Even if the wells run dry
For 45 years, the National Arts Festival has watched and captured South Africa’s evolution. From the 1980s’ states of emergency and the first...
SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cultural landscape
SA’s disconnect from Africa limits cultural landscape
May is Africa Month and, as is the case with Women’s Month, it is only useful if it functions as more than an opportunity to “celebrate” and...
Slice of life: Joy comes in the morning
Slice of life: Joy comes in the morning
I arrived in Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival to a tiny bachelor pad fitted with a kitchenette, fridge and one bed that I would be...
What happens after the fest?
What happens after the fest?
Throughout the National Arts Festival (NAF), locals and festivalgoers agreed on one thing: every day of the NAF blurs into the next. Friends...
A pink dystopia of delusions and frills speaks to SA's canon of protest theatre
A pink dystopia of delusions and frills speaks to SA's canon of protest theatre
Buhle Ngaba and Klara van Wyk kneel at our feet as a crowd of mostly learners in winter school uniform and a handful of adults are ushered into...
Nyamza’s hatchling comes into his own
Nyamza’s hatchling comes into his own
A circular stream of red organza floods the centre of the Alec Mullins stage at the 2018 National Arts Festival in the newly renamed Eastern Cape...
The Weekend Guide
The Weekend Guide
Nigerian Afro-beat with Femi Koya: The composer, saxophonist and singer combines West African highlife and jazz with his nostalgic...
The wheels of the bus to Mpuma-Koloni and the National Arts Festival
The wheels of the bus to Mpuma-Koloni and the National Arts Festival
Pretoria Station, or Bosman as the locals prefer to call it, is my plek. When I arrive there from the Gautrain at 3pm, she is her usual afternoon...
Opening spaces for new dancers
Opening spaces for new dancers
Even though dancer-choreo-grapher Mamela Nyamza is this year’s featured artist at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, she still feels as...
Mr Ramaphosa, this is how to get the country working
Mr Ramaphosa, this is how to get the country working
On April 18, in my capacity as Grahamstown Residents’ Association chairperson, I wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa imploring the government to...
Buyel’Ekhaya in Lotto millions pickle
Buyel’Ekhaya in Lotto millions pickle
The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) last year handed out R6‑million in funding to an obscure organisation in Lichtenburg in North West, which...
Sizzling shows, tepid turnout
Sizzling shows, tepid turnout
There is less of a vibe,” was a phrase heard so much it may as well have been the National Arts Festival’s tagline. Punters and performers...

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