Amazing ride ahead at the 2018 National Arts Festival

The line-up for this year’s National Arts Festival Main Programme extends an invitation to audiences to join a thrilling journey that travels through the established and familiar to brand-new, uncharted creative territories. Now in its 44th year, the Festival will run from 28 June to 8 July in Grahamstown. The full National Arts Festival programme will be online and live for booking on 7 May 2018. 

The Festival spotlight this year falls firmly on a phenomenal range of both emerging and established women artists. Look out for (among many others) choreographer and this year’s Featured Artist Mamela Nyamza, visual artist Gabrielle Goliath, author Mary Watson, curator Tina Smith, actors Klara van Wyk and Buhle Ngaba, as well as Standard Bank Young Artists Thandi Ntuli, Jemma Kahn and Chuma Sopotela.

Other elements of the programme - including the Arena, Fringe, the new Standard Bank Village Green and exciting new Festivals within the Festival, Creativate and The Festival of Film and Ideas  make this a festival season not to be missed.

The full programme is available to browse online. If you would like to download a PDF copy of the programme, click on the links below:

  • The Complete 2018 Programme - COMING SOON
  • Main Programme - This PDF lists Main productions only. We will be adding the Creativate Digital Arts Festival events as well as the talks and workshops that complete the Festival of Film and Ideas line-up in the next few days.
  • Fringe Programme - Please note that this PDF does not include Visual Art exhibitions. We will be updating this soon.
  • Standard Bank Young Artists 2018 - The Standard Bank Young Artists for 2018 are preparing for their much anticipated #NAF moment. Please use this link to find out more.
  • Printed programmes will be available towards the end of May.
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