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The 48th National Arts Festival

See The Greatness at Africa’s Biggest Celebration of the Arts. Where others see the ordinary, we see the potential for excellence.

The National Arts Festival (NAF), which is widely hailed as Africa's biggest arts festival, returns for the 48th time from 23 June to 3 July 2022 in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).

For the first time in two years, art lovers will be able to attend #NAF2022 in-person, as well as virtually. Standard Bank’s investment in the arts continued through the uncertain times of lockdown and we’re excited to return as a presenting sponsor of this year’s festival, where there’s plenty to be excited about.

For decades, Standard Bank has made it a mission to identify greatness from across the country and give budding artists the platforms, resources and backing to develop their hidden passions into excellence. When it comes to giving young talent the opportunity to shine, few stages across the world match the National Arts Festival  where some of South Africa’s most renowned artists have made a name for themselves over the years.

From dancers and actors, to singers and writers – the #NAF2022 line-up promises to deliver a blend of truly life-changing performance art during an electrifying 11-day programme.

The Standard Bank Young Artists (SBYAs) are always a highlight of every NAF line-up and this year will be no different. Our 2021 SBYA Award winners will also be taking to the Main Stage to showcase the excellence that helped them stand out in their individual disciplines.

No National Arts Festival experience would be complete without a sprinkling of emerging talent. #NAF2022 ticket holders can look forward to witnessing the next generation of greatness when South Africa’s upcoming artists demonstrate their capabilities on the Fringe Stage. And the Standard Bank Ovation Awards will recognise this year’s standout performers.

Bring your ears, eyes and hearts to this year’s National Arts Festival and be prepared to see the greatness.