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AllAfrica.com
Van Graan and Richards Pay Back the Funny - and the Curryan under-appreciated skill in South Africa, but Van Graan is an absolute master
Van Graan and Richards Pay Back the Funny - and the Curry
AllAfrica.com / Posted 12 hours ago
an under-appreciated skill in South Africa, but Van Graan is an absolute master in the art. This latest show was a hit at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and is now heading to the Soweto Theatre for a week before Cape Town and Kalk... Read more
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Daily Maverick
Theatre: Van Graan and Richards pay back the funny – and the curryan under-appreciated skill in South Africa, but Van Graan is an absolute master
Theatre: Van Graan and Richards pay back the funny – and the curry
Daily Maverick / Posted yesterday
an under-appreciated skill in South Africa, but Van Graan is an absolute master in the art. This latest show was a hit at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and is now heading to the Soweto Theatre for a week before Cape Town and Kalk... Read more
2d
Daily Dispatch
Seed initiative helps feed poorby Nojoko’s enthusiasm as he regularly pounds the pavement in Port Alfred and m
Seed initiative helps feed poor
Daily Dispatch / Posted 2 days ago
by Nojoko’s enthusiasm as he regularly pounds the pavement in Port Alfred and makes the haul to Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival to try and raise funds for the project. Although most fob him off as they hurriedly walk by, some... Read more
4d
iol.co.za
‘Travel comes with vulnerability’imagery. The work will be shown in six cities in the US and is accompanied by a
‘Travel comes with vulnerability’
iol.co.za / Posted 4 days ago
imagery. The work will be shown in six cities in the US and is accompanied by a live orchestra. Jay Pather is the choreographer for the new production of The Firebird. He is in Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival and then heads to... Read more
10d
AllAfrica.com
Free State Arts and Culture On National Arts FestivalThe Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, through its M
Free State Arts and Culture On National Arts Festival
AllAfrica.com / Posted 10 days ago
The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, through its Museum Services, took part in full force at the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July 2016, exhibiting and profiling Museums and Heritage sites... Read more
10d
Daily Dispatch
EL alive with a host of festive fungroup art exhibition at the museum’s Courtenay-Latimer Hall featuring Mzi Makal
EL alive with a host of festive fun
Daily Dispatch / Posted 10 days ago
group art exhibition at the museum’s Courtenay-Latimer Hall featuring Mzi Makalima and Bernard Barry, who both exhibited at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown last week, as well as award-winning fibre artist Katherine Harmer-Fox, George... Read more
11d
iol.co.za
Why the fest was the bestwould play host to the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African co
Why the fest was the best
iol.co.za / Posted 11 days ago
would play host to the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. This was my first experience of the National Arts Festival and it wasn’t as cold as my colleagues warned it would be. It was quite windy, but understandably... Read more
11d
iol.co.za
New NAF exec to take festival into futurebecause I have a deep appreciation of the myriad forces that must be brought to
New NAF exec to take festival into future
iol.co.za / Posted 11 days ago
because I have a deep appreciation of the myriad forces that must be brought together to breathe life into any show. “The National Arts Festival has an unrivalled reputation as the leading continental showcase of local and international... Read more
11d
AllAfrica.com
African Punks - Five Bands You Should Be Listening toare iconic in South Africa's underground live music scene, and they have perfor
African Punks - Five Bands You Should Be Listening to
AllAfrica.com / Posted 11 days ago
are iconic in South Africa's underground live music scene, and they have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as Oppikoppi and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The band hope to tour Europe in 2016-17. Sourc... Read more
11d
Daily Maverick
Life, etcWhy can’t you be more like us?!” – as if what’s on the surface is who we are. H
Life, etc
Daily Maverick / Posted 11 days ago
Why can’t you be more like us?!” – as if what’s on the surface is who we are. How superficial is that? Two plays on at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this week dig deep to find out who we are, and how we are formed and influenced by... Read more
12d
iol.co.za
Weighing up Arts Festival’s artistic gainsTshabalala in particular was captivating and I have no doubt that this will not
Weighing up Arts Festival’s artistic gains
iol.co.za / Posted 12 days ago
Tshabalala in particular was captivating and I have no doubt that this will not be the last time that she appears on the National Arts Festival stage. The definitive piece related to issues of migration and war though was without a doubt... Read more
13d
iol.co.za
#NAF16: Ovation winners announcedsector in South Africa. It is an arduous and rocky one but acknowledgements al
#NAF16: Ovation winners announced
iol.co.za / Posted 13 days ago
sector in South Africa. It is an arduous and rocky one but acknowledgements along the way do make the journey easier. • Tracey Saunders is the convener of the Ovations Awards Jury and a member of the National Arts Festival Artistic committeeSHOW... Read more
13d
Daily Maverick
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Crepuscule, a Triumph for Sophiatown, memory of Can Themba and the Drum erasorry victory; a victory thwarted by what art can make of dark materials: a tap
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Crepuscule, a Triumph for Sophiatown, memory of Can Themba and the Drum era
Daily Maverick / Posted 13 days ago
sorry victory; a victory thwarted by what art can make of dark materials: a tapestry woven of brutality and treachery. The National Arts Festival is done and dusted for another year, but like the brilliant musical Sophiatown! first staged in... Read more
15d
iol.co.za
Ovation winners announcedsector in South Africa. It is an arduous and rocky one but acknowledgements al
Ovation winners announced
iol.co.za / Posted 15 days ago
sector in South Africa. It is an arduous and rocky one but acknowledgements along the way do make the journey easier. Tracey Saunders is the convener of the Ovations Awards Jury and a member of the National Arts Festival Artistic committee SHOW... Read more
15d
Daily Dispatch
Women’s stories, lives, take centre stageproduction brings to life the Bible scripture from which the title of her play
Women’s stories, lives, take centre stage
Daily Dispatch / Posted 15 days ago
production brings to life the Bible scripture from which the title of her play is taken. Women, Thou Art Loosed, on at the National Arts Festival, is based on an excerpt from the Bible (Luke 13:12) in which Jesus heals a woman from an... Read more
15d
Daily Dispatch
Msaki truly spellbinding: Vocalist reaping rewards in careerNCOKAZI The Eastern Cape music landscape is changing and judging by the talent
Msaki truly spellbinding: Vocalist reaping rewards in career
Daily Dispatch / Posted 15 days ago
NCOKAZI The Eastern Cape music landscape is changing and judging by the talent that has so far been showcased at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year, there are exciting times ahead. One such talent is musician – and vocal... Read more
15d
Daily Dispatch
Dagga steps out of the shadows to fuel debateBy DAVID MACGREGOR After more than 40 years on the fringe of the National Arts
Dagga steps out of the shadows to fuel debate
Daily Dispatch / Posted 15 days ago
By DAVID MACGREGOR After more than 40 years on the fringe of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, dagga finally stepped out of the shadows and into the mainstream. Usually whispered about in hushed tones and smoked in dark corners, pot took... Read more
17d
AllAfrica.com
Statement On the Cabinet Meeting of 6 July 2016South African and international industrial partners, and the support of the gov
Statement On the Cabinet Meeting of 6 July 2016
AllAfrica.com / Posted 17 days ago
South African and international industrial partners, and the support of the government and people of South Africa. 1.4. The National Arts Festival hosted annually in Grahamstown takes place over 11 days from 30 June to 10 July 2016. This... Read more
17d
Daily Dispatch
‘Uplifting’ pair sing their truthPicture: SINO MAJANGAZA That is the musical genius of Port Elizabeth duo Umle
‘Uplifting’ pair sing their truth
Daily Dispatch / Posted 17 days ago
Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA That is the musical genius of Port Elizabeth duo Umle Sounds, who had their opening performance at the National Arts Festival yesterday at the Thomas Pringle Hall. Vocalists Siyabonga Radu and Siphamandla Fete, who also... Read more
17d
Daily Dispatch
EC artists shine in #The Voices exhibitionceramics, powerful oil paintings and sculptures – these are some of the artwork
EC artists shine in #The Voices exhibition
Daily Dispatch / Posted 17 days ago
ceramics, powerful oil paintings and sculptures – these are some of the artworks being exhibited by Eastern Cape artists at the National Arts Festival. GIVING VOICE: Lovedale art lecturer Sonwabiso Ngcai showcases his talent at this year’s NAF in... Read more
17d
Daily Dispatch
Jazz musos do EC proudlovers were left begging for more after being wowed by some of the Eastern Cape
Jazz musos do EC proud
Daily Dispatch / Posted 17 days ago
lovers were left begging for more after being wowed by some of the Eastern Cape’s finest afro pop musicians at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. ADORED: Sliq Angel ends the night on a high note Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA The... Read more
17d
iol.co.za
Unveiling the truth about hate crimesthis bigotry, racism and Islamophobia is dealt with in a surprisingly light-hea
Unveiling the truth about hate crimes
iol.co.za / Posted 17 days ago
this bigotry, racism and Islamophobia is dealt with in a surprisingly light-hearted manner in the one-man show Unveiled at the National Arts Festival. Written by Rohina Malik and performed by Gulshan Mia, the performance gives vignettes of the... Read more
17d
Daily Dispatch
Crafters’ wares still a NAF hit despite tighter purse stringstimes may have tightened consumer purse strings but that does not mean there is
Crafters’ wares still a NAF hit despite tighter purse strings
Daily Dispatch / Posted 17 days ago
times may have tightened consumer purse strings but that does not mean there isn’t still a buck to be made trading at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Although traders yesterday said less money was being spent this year, those... Read more
17d
Daily Maverick
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Naked in the solo spotlightDM Main photo, (left to right): Daniel Mpilo Richards performs in the fringe c
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Naked in the solo spotlight
Daily Maverick / Posted 17 days ago
DM Main photo, (left to right): Daniel Mpilo Richards performs in the fringe comedy show Pay Back The Curry at the National Arts Festival, 3 July 2016. Photo: Cue/Dani O’Neill; Chanje Kunda performs in Amsterdam at The Hanger, July 06,... Read more
18d
Daily Dispatch
Cherae blistering hot in ‘Scorched’musical. Years down the line, audiences can see this dynamic former East Londo
Cherae blistering hot in ‘Scorched’
Daily Dispatch / Posted 18 days ago
musical. Years down the line, audiences can see this dynamic former East Londoner perform a lead role in Scorched at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. BORN TO ACT: Cherae Halley plays a lead role in ’Scorched’ directed by 2016... Read more
18d
AllAfrica.com
Grahamstown Artsfest '16 - Digging Deep - Parallel Quests to Understand Ourselves As Human BeingsWhy can't you be more like us?!" - as if what's on the surface is who we are. H
Grahamstown Artsfest '16 - Digging Deep - Parallel Quests to Understand Ourselves As Human Beings
AllAfrica.com / Posted 18 days ago
Why can't you be more like us?!" - as if what's on the surface is who we are. How superficial is that? Two plays on at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this week dig deep to find out who we are, and how we are formed and influenced by... Read more
18d
Eye Witness News
Baby Tshepang's story still relevantnine-month-old baby Tshepang in the Northern Cape shocked the country in Octobe
Baby Tshepang's story still relevant
Eye Witness News / Posted 18 days ago
nine-month-old baby Tshepang in the Northern Cape shocked the country in October 2001. Almost 15 years later the play, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, is as relevant as ever. Tshepang’s story is told by township sculptor Simon. The... Read more
18d
Daily Maverick
Life, etcof those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious
Life, etc
Daily Maverick / Posted 18 days ago
of those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious way of undermining the regime. I came to the National Arts Festival in search of South African theatre that would challenge the madness going on all around us, that... Read more
18d
Daily Dispatch
EL painter shunned at home for his penis artof East London artist Bernard Barry that is on exhibition at the Phallos Erotic
EL painter shunned at home for his penis art
Daily Dispatch / Posted 18 days ago
of East London artist Bernard Barry that is on exhibition at the Phallos Erotic Art Gallery near Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival Picture: DAVID MACGREGOR Although the “East London Bible belt” – which Barry says is very... Read more
18d
Daily Maverick
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Digging Deep – parallel quests to understand ourselves as human beingsWhy can’t you be more like us?!” – as if what’s on the surface is who we are. H
Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Digging Deep – parallel quests to understand ourselves as human beings
Daily Maverick / Posted 18 days ago
Why can’t you be more like us?!” – as if what’s on the surface is who we are. How superficial is that? Two plays on at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this week dig deep to find out who we are, and how we are formed and influenced by... Read more
19d
iol.co.za
First-time playwright nominated for awardpeople’s perspectives on how they view things, to which he wrote ‘Henrietta wit
First-time playwright nominated for award
iol.co.za / Posted 19 days ago
people’s perspectives on how they view things, to which he wrote ‘Henrietta with Love’. The play, which ends its run at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on Wednesday, was set in Alicedale in Athlone which came about in 1946, and was... Read more
19d
Daily Dispatch
National theatre acts dominate at festivalBy NIGEL VERMAAS You are at the National Arts Festival and you may not know yo
National theatre acts dominate at festival
Daily Dispatch / Posted 19 days ago
By NIGEL VERMAAS You are at the National Arts Festival and you may not know your Fringe from your Arena or your Main Stage from your Physical Theatre. But best‚ maybe‚ to ditch the programme categories and simply go for what excites‚ provokes and... Read more
19d
Daily Dispatch
Award-winning play highlights xenophobiasame people smashed his door in and stole everything he had. “He left in a hur
Award-winning play highlights xenophobia
Daily Dispatch / Posted 19 days ago
same people smashed his door in and stole everything he had. “He left in a hurry and never came back.” Besides playing at the National Arts Festival, the production will also be taken to local schools in the months to come to try and raise... Read more
20d
Daily Dispatch
Foot’s ‘Karoo Moose’ makes its mark as a must-see iconic playthrough the amazing acting from four men and two women. HITTING HOME: ‘Karoo M
Foot’s ‘Karoo Moose’ makes its mark as a must-see iconic play
Daily Dispatch / Posted 20 days ago
through the amazing acting from four men and two women. HITTING HOME: ‘Karoo Moose’ is receiving rave reviews at the National Arts Festival Picture: SUPPLIED First premiered in 2007, it has at last come to Grahamstown. Author and... Read more
20d
Eye Witness News
Grahamstown Festival reaching the endprevious festivals. FILE: Rowin Munsamy and Shona Johnson in 'Copy Dog's Fanta
Grahamstown Festival reaching the end
Eye Witness News / Posted 20 days ago
previous festivals. FILE: Rowin Munsamy and Shona Johnson in 'Copy Dog's Fantastical Flea Circus' that will be showing at the National Arts Festival. Picture: National Arts Festival. Grahamstown,Grahamstown Arts Festival,Tony Lankester So far,... Read more
20d
The Times & The Sunday Times
Arts festival: Women's toil tops the billThe standout exhibitions on the National Arts Festival stage, the last devised
Arts festival: Women's toil tops the bill
The Times & The Sunday Times / Posted 20 days ago
The standout exhibitions on the National Arts Festival stage, the last devised by outgoing artistic director Ismail Mohamed, are by women. Trained at the University of Johannesburg, Berlin-based Lerato Shadi's Noka ya Bokamoso is an arresting... Read more
20d
Daily Dispatch
AKA to perform at National Arts FestivalBy NOMPILO NDLOVU A big change on the National Arts Festival program this year
AKA to perform at National Arts Festival
Daily Dispatch / Posted 20 days ago
By NOMPILO NDLOVU A big change on the National Arts Festival program this year is the injection of more South African contemporary music. This year’s Festival Artistic Committee have shaken things up to bring you a fresh new line-up. South... Read more
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20d
Daily Dispatch
Praise for ‘crown jewels’ but water a major concernBy MIKE LOEWE The National Arts Festival hits midweek today amid praise from t
Praise for ‘crown jewels’ but water a major concern
Daily Dispatch / Posted 20 days ago
By MIKE LOEWE The National Arts Festival hits midweek today amid praise from the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) but a lingering water crisis has put a question mark on future festivals. CEO Tony Lankester, addressing the media as the... Read more
21d
iafrica.com
National Arts Festival gets appThe National Arts Festival is getting tech-savvy with a new mobile app that wil
National Arts Festival gets app
iafrica.com / Posted 21 days ago
The National Arts Festival is getting tech-savvy with a new mobile app that will help visitors with their plans. The app, available on both iOS and Android, enables users to make online bookings and also stores e-tickets. How does it do... Read more
21d
The Times & The Sunday Times
Magic and realism intertwine in Nyanga - reviewstudent in Drama, originally produced Nyanga as part of her final Honours exam,
Magic and realism intertwine in Nyanga - review
The Times & The Sunday Times / Posted 21 days ago
student in Drama, originally produced Nyanga as part of her final Honours exam, but later decided to extend the piece for the National Arts Festival. Madliki says she was very excited when she found out that she had been chosen to represent the... Read more
21d
AllAfrica.com
Secret Ballot - This Is the Kind of Theatre South Africa Needs Right Nowof those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious
Secret Ballot - This Is the Kind of Theatre South Africa Needs Right Now
AllAfrica.com / Posted 21 days ago
of those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious way of undermining the regime. I came to the National Arts Festival in search of South African theatre that would challenge the madness going on all around us, that... Read more
21d
The Times & The Sunday Times
Russia and South Africa: A weird, wonderful friendship - ReviewThis year, the film and Think!fest sections of the National Arts Festival have
Russia and South Africa: A weird, wonderful friendship - Review
The Times & The Sunday Times / Posted 21 days ago
This year, the film and Think!fest sections of the National Arts Festival have a particularly Russian Flavour. With a “focus on Russia”, the Embassy for the Russian Federation has partnered with NAF to bring a host of films and speakers as well as a... Read more
21d
AllAfrica.com
Artsfest - Ruth First, Albertina Sisulu and Can Themba Come to the Stagetreasures, to place them on the stage and pick through their lives and their re
Artsfest - Ruth First, Albertina Sisulu and Can Themba Come to the Stage
AllAfrica.com / Posted 21 days ago
treasures, to place them on the stage and pick through their lives and their relevance to us. A trio of new works at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown separately look at the lives and struggles of Albertina Sisulu, Can Themba and Ruth... Read more
21d
iol.co.za
‘Firebird’ one of two puppet works at festother hand started at Artscape Theatre as a cohesive production and almost sold
‘Firebird’ one of two puppet works at fest
iol.co.za / Posted 21 days ago
other hand started at Artscape Theatre as a cohesive production and almost sold out in Grahamstown before they even got to the National Arts Festival. While puppetry in South Africa, and Cape Town especially was boosted by the presence of the... Read more
23d
Daily Dispatch
Smooth sounds of successSiya Makuzeni Born in Mdantsane, the trombone player, vocalist, lyricist and s
Smooth sounds of success
Daily Dispatch / Posted 23 days ago
Siya Makuzeni Born in Mdantsane, the trombone player, vocalist, lyricist and songwriter is one of the main attractions at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Makuzeni, who has had a busy schedule since winning the 2016 Standard Bank award... Read more
23d
Daily Dispatch
Can Themba celebratedAfrica’s greatest journalists, Can Themba, with a massive script from Siphiwo M
Can Themba celebrated
Daily Dispatch / Posted 23 days ago
Africa’s greatest journalists, Can Themba, with a massive script from Siphiwo Mahala in The House of Truth, commissioned by the National Arts Festival to celebrate the university’s centenary. LEAD: Sello Maake Kancube stars as Themba in ‘The House... Read more
23d
Daily Dispatch
Moving tribute to an iconperformances as a foil to the gracious dignity of Thembi Mtshali’s performance
Moving tribute to an icon
Daily Dispatch / Posted 23 days ago
performances as a foil to the gracious dignity of Thembi Mtshali’s performance in ÓoMaSisulu’, which preemiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on Thursday Picture: SUPPLIED It is the unwavering commitment to creative power... Read more
23d
Daily Dispatch
Greatest Xhosa tale of all time on the grand stageBY POLISWA PLAATJIE The much celebrated Xhosa story Ityala La Mawele will come
Greatest Xhosa tale of all time on the grand stage
Daily Dispatch / Posted 23 days ago
BY POLISWA PLAATJIE The much celebrated Xhosa story Ityala La Mawele will come to life at the National Arts Festival next week. STUPENDOUS: The well-known Xhosa tale, ‘Ityala la Mawele’ will make its debut at the National Arts Festival next... Read more
24d
Daily Maverick
Secret Ballot: This is the kind of theatre South Africa needs right nowof those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious
Secret Ballot: This is the kind of theatre South Africa needs right now
Daily Maverick / Posted 24 days ago
of those who sought kinder, gentler things. Kabarett became a wickedly devious way of undermining the regime. I came to the National Arts Festival in search of South African theatre that would challenge the madness going on all around us, that... Read more
24d
The Times & The Sunday Times
Government pledges R17 million to National Arts FestivalMinister of the Department of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, delivered
Government pledges R17 million to National Arts Festival
The Times & The Sunday Times / Posted 24 days ago
Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, delivered the keynote address to the media. “The National Arts Festival is one of many annual festivals supported through the MGE strategy across the country,” she said.... Read more
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