Every year for 11 days during June/July, the small university town of Makhanda (formely known as Grahamstown) is home to the National Arts Festival: Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event. It offers a choice of the very best of both local and imported talent.
From theatre to dance, opera to cabaret, fine art to craft art, classical music to jazz, poetry readings to lectures, every art form imaginable is represented in one of the most diverse festivals in the world. And there’s something for every taste, with techno raves, mediaeval banquets, craft fairs, cyber cafes, carnivals, buskers and walking tours.
Prices depend on what shows you want to watch and what tours you want to do.
HOW WE RATE IT & WHY WE LIKE IT
Be there or be square! This festival is quirky as much as it is interesting and exciting. You’ll see shows that will challenge you, hear music that will inspire you and buy things that will give you joy a long time after you’ve left. Eat, dance and be merry at this unique festival honouring the arts.