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2006 NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2006-03-20)

New audiences and artists join seasoned festinos and the giants of South African performance, in the circle of light cast by the National Arts Festival (Grahamstown 29 June to 8 July 2006). In this great creative space the experienced soar to new heights of performance and participation while younger art makers and art users flex their wings over the safety net of the Festival’s dedicated community.

“We are proud to present world-class arts experiences which this year include John Kani and Winston Ntshona recreating the roles that earned them a Tony Award in New York,” said Festival Director Lynette Marais. “And the stellar foursome of Young Artist Award-winners for 2006 is so startlingly accomplished and original they promise to take even arts aficionados to sensory places they might not have been to before.”

The Festival’s one main objective is to support and benchmark South African arts at the sharp end where experienced producers and audiences are pushing the limits. The other objective is to encourage new audiences to sample the enriching personal benefits to be gleaned from the arts.

Unlike the Main Festival programme, there are no selection criteria for participation in the Fringe Festival. This full programme of exhibitions, music and performances by big names and exciting newcomers ensures that festinos are spoiled for choice and all tastes are catered for.

The Children’s Art Festival offers youngsters between the ages of four and 13 a stimulating creative arts experience in the safe environment of St Andrew’s Preparatory School with adult supervision throughout each day.

For festival visitors of all ages, the Transnet Village Green and Church Square provide the mother of all-day ambient social and shopping experiences. Fast food, old friends, impromptu music and a treasure trove of artefacts, gewgaws and goodies to acquire and/or desire make this craftart bunfight the mustn’t miss on most personal Festival programmes.

For further information see the website www.nafest.co.za or contact the festival office on 046 603 1103. Booking opens in May.

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is proudly sponsored by the Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, the SABC, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the National Arts Council. See information on individual disciplines in separate stories.




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