National Arts Festival remains steady in tough economic climate

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The National Arts Festival reported “solid and consistent” support for the arts in a tough economic environment, as it announced its 2016 attendance and sales figures. Continue reading

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National Arts Festival rewards arts community as festival closes

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Outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

ARTISTIC excellence was celebrated at the National Arts Festival on Sunday morning (July 10) when the winners of the 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Awards were revealed at a ceremony which also honoured outgoing National Arts Festival artistic director, Ismail Mahomed.

Commenting on the impact of the awards, Mahomed said: “The Ovation Awards have earned a significant gravitas in the arts sector. They have become a barometer for audiences and visiting arts managements about productions that should not be missed. Artists at the festival have been bold and have used their talents and skills to engage with burning issues in the most creative ways.” Continue reading

Artscape Showcase Season at the National Arts Festival 2016

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Thembi Mitshali in OoMaSisulu. Photo: Artscape

Artscape Theatre will be showcasing six productions at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

In association with the National Arts Festival, four productions will be presented and staged on the National Lottery Fringe, and two will receive support on the Main Stage at the Festival from June 30 to July 10. Continue reading