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Jazztown becomes a center of creative collaboration during the 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown
2018-05-21 00:00:00.0

SA’s oldest Jazz festival celebrates collaborative musical bands

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Top Jazz line up for the 21st Anniversary of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
2018-05-10 00:00:00.0

The 21st edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates vistas of diversity with an all-star line-up that reaches various musical traditions across the world.

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National Arts Festival Full Programme Opens for Booking
2018-05-09 00:00:00.0

GRAHAMSTOWN – The National Arts Festival (28 June-8 July) has opened its box office for the 2018 Festival.

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Cultural Sandwich - Extending a National Arts Festival Visit into an Epic Holiday
2018-05-04 00:00:00.0

The National Arts Festival (28 June – 8 July 2018) is an annual feast of theatre, dance, performance art, music, visual art and more and can be packaged into a rewarding Eastern Cape holiday. Here are some ideas for what you can get up to in the Eastern Cape before or after the Festival.

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Arena Programme Brings Cutting Edge Work to National Arts Festival
2018-05-04 00:00:00.0

The National Arts Festival’s Arena is a special section of the programme reserved for works that have previously won a Standard Bank Ovation Award, a Cape Town Fringe Fresh Award, or a recognised international Fringe award.

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The Jazz world descends on Jazztown for the 31st Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown
2018-05-02 00:00:00.0

The countdown to the 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival kicks off with a line-up of leading musicians poised to make it an unforgettable 31st addition at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

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Amazing ride ahead: the 2018 National Arts Festival's Main Programme revealed
2018-04-25 00:00:00.0

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.

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Standard Bank renews commitment to National Arts Festival
2017-11-03 00:00:00.0

Standard Bank has renewed their sponsorship of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, one of the country’s longest and highest profile sponsorship investments, for a further three years. Standard Bank’s partnership with the iconic event will run until the end of 2020.

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Charlotte Maxeke Hospital to benefit from PinkDay 2018
2017-10-30 00:00:00.0

As anticipation builds to one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the international cricket calendar, Cricket South Africa (CSA), Momentum and the Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) are delighted to announce that the Breast Care Unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital will be the new beneficiary of the Pink ODI.

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Beth Diane Armstrong in perpetuum at Iziko
2017-10-29 00:00:00.0

Iziko Museums of South Africa Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting the Cape Town showing of the annual Standard Bank Young Artist 2017 - Visual Art exhibition.

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IRONMAN – Durban Race: Spectacular race expected at Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban
2017-06-19 00:00:00.0

Johannesburg – With the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship fast approaching, the stakes are high for the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban due to take place on June 18, and where 35 slots will be up for grabs for qualifying athletes to represent South Africa in Chattanooga, Tennessee USA.

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National Arts Festival to offer a ‘curious, furious and poetic’ dance line up
2017-04-13 00:00:00.0

Bringing together different aesthetics, contexts and languages, the dance programme at this year’s National Arts Festival interrogates and celebrates questions of identity, culture, spirituality and sensuality.

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Expect the unexpected at this year’s National Arts Festival
2017-04-03 00:00:00.0

South Africa’s artists, theatre makers and musicians are responding to the challenges of living in a country in flux with genre-busting work that is provocative, innovative, engaging and entertaining. Some of the best of these productions will be showcased at this year’s National Arts Festival, to be held in Grahamstown from 29 June to 9 July this year.

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Nelson Mandela Bay to be host city of 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
2016-10-12 00:00:00.0

In a first for both the South African athletic and tourism scenes, IRONMAN recently announced that its 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be hosted in Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay, beating the European cities of Nice and Budapest for the international honour.

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Virtual reality comes to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
2015-09-17 00:00:00.0

"The Closer You Are, The More You Feel" - experience a concert performance as you've never seen or heard it before

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5,6,7,8…Giving new meaning to "traffic jam" - a first in South Africa
2015-08-31 00:00:00.0

Johannesburgers just got a reason to drive home IN rush hour traffic. That reason is jazz, and it's coming to you live from a billboard.

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Standard Bank brings you a weekly dose of live jazz on 702!
2015-08-31 00:00:00.0

With just a few weeks left until Johannesburg's biggest jazz festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, hits the Sandton CBD, Standard Bank together with 702 are bringing the excitement to listeners with a weekly live unplugged session with some of the top artists on the line-up.

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Life–Line–Knot: Six Object Biographies
2015-07-20 00:00:00.0

Life-Line-Knot is both an exhibition and a book. The exhibition is centred on six objects from the Wits Art Museum (WAM) collection and the Standard Bank African Art Collection. These were selected and researched by postgraduate History of Art and Heritage students, in the context of a course on Object Biographies.

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Children take Centre Stage at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
2015-07-11 00:00:00.0

For families attending the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Children's Arts Festival (CAF), which runs concurrently from 2 -11 July 2015, offers a highly popular creative arts experience for young children.

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2015 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band selected
2015-07-08 00:00:00.0

Competition was fierce for a place in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz band.

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Virtual reality comes to the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown
2015-07-08 00:00:00.0

Experience a concert performance as you've never seen or heard it before thanks to the ground-breaking Oculus Rift Virtual reality comes to the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown as visitors will be given the chance enter a virtual world and experience South Africa's first live jazz performance recorded with cutting edge and ground-breaking technology that takes viewers "into" the concert.

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J.H. Pierneef: A Space for Landscape
2015-07-08 00:00:00.0

The work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) was a dominant presence in South African art for much of the twentieth century.

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Global Jazz Maestro's heading to Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown
2015-07-03 00:00:00.0

Star attractions Lionel Loueke, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Yuri Honing & Peter Dahlgren will share the stage with top SA artists Some of the world's biggest jazz innovators are the headline attractions at this year's Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown, which forms part of the National Arts Festival from 2 to 11 July. Offering not only the opportunity to see some of the world's leading contemporary practitioners live on stage, the Festival also provides a platform for some unique collaborative performances with some of South Africa's foremost jazz musicians in a range of settings.

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Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival
2015-06-22 00:00:00.0

Alumni of the country's best jazz development programme return while legendary bassist Concord Nkabinde will conduct the National Youth Jazz Band The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival - part of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival which takes place in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival from July 2 to 11 - has become one of the country's most significant jazz development programmes.

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Unrest
2015-06-20 00:00:00.0

Exhibition: Unrest Artists: Hasan and Husain Essop Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 21 April to 20 June 2015 Over the course of a decade, twin brothers Hasan and Husain Essop have grown from art school graduates to internationally recognised and multiple award-winning artists. Their accolades include the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art (2014), residencies in Hanover and Amsterdam, and invitations to biennales in Havana and Dakar.

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CROSSOVER SOUNDS AT 2015 STANDARD BANK JAZZ FESTIVAL IN GRAHAMSTOWN
2015-06-17 00:00:00.0

CROSSOVER SOUNDS AT 2015 STANDARD BANK JAZZ FESTIVAL IN GRAHAMSTOWN This year's Standard Bank Jazz Festival is expected to draw music lovers from around the country, thanks to its mix of solid jazz and fresh crossover and contemporary sounds provided by the likes of Beatenberg, Mi Casa, Thandiswa Mazwai , Kunle Ayo, Ray Phiri and Oliver Mtukudzi

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Experiencing live jazz is far better than hearing about it!
2015-06-17 00:00:00.0

Through a three-phased social experiment, Standard Bank proves that experiencing live jazz is far better than hearing about it! We all know that experiencing a live music performance is better than just listening, watching a recording, or hearing about it from a friend but, with music now mainly experienced digitally, it seemed an opportune time to test the theory that nothing can replace the magic of live performance.

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Top SA artists to appear at Standard Bank Jazz Festival
2015-06-03 00:00:00.0

Former Standard Bank Young Artist winners share stages in international collaborations. Reprise of Kesivan Naidoo's acclaimed show from Carnegie Hall A number of previous Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) recipients - many in exciting collaborations with international artists - will be performing at this year's Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown, which forms part of the National Arts Festival from 2 - 11 July.

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African artists join hands on stage at National Arts Festival
2015-05-21 00:00:00.0

Questions around African identity and belonging are woven into this year's programme for the National Arts Festival, with continental representation from countries such as Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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Tickets now on sale for 2015 National Arts Festival
2015-04-29 00:00:00.0

Tickets now on sale for 2015 National Arts Festival Bookings open on Monday, 4 May for South Africa's premier arts festival, which runs from 2 to 12 July in Grahamstown. Aiming to satisfy, provoke and thrill both the discerning and the curious, this year's National Arts Festival line-up showcases the best of what South Africa's artists have to offer, as well as an unmissable selection of international acts. Bookings for the Festival - which runs from 2 to 12 July in Grahamstown- open on Monday, 4 May.

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2015 Standard Bank Jazz Festival burns with spirit of collaboration
2015-03-20 00:00:00.0

True to the open-ended, connected spirit of jazz, this year's Standard Bank Jazz Festival, which runs in Grahamstown as part of the National Arts Festival from Thursday 2 July to Saturday 11 July, will bring together the best of South African jazz today with some of the world's most exhilarating contemporary jazz innovators.

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2015 National Arts Festival keeps it sharp and fresh
2015-03-20 00:00:00.0

Satire and freedom of expression will seize centre stage at this year's National Arts Festival, which runs from Thursday 2 July to Sunday 12 July in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

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Deadline Reminder: National Arts Festival Calls for Fringe Proposals
2015-01-14 00:00:00.0

Applicants are reminded to submit applications for the 2015 Fringe at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, by Friday 16 January 2015.

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