New National Arts Festival executive producer revealed

Ashraf Johaardien. Photo: Jan Potgieter

Playwright and arts administrator, Ashraf Johaardien, has been appointed as the executive producer of the National Arts Festival, a newly created role aimed at taking South Africa’s premier arts event boldly into the future. Continue reading

National Arts Festival rewards arts community as festival closes


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