National Grahamstown Arts Festival 2016

“What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn”

-African Proverb

Can anyone say: Road Trip!!!
The National Arts Festival takes place over two weeks every year in the small town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. While the festival has been around for a while now (inaugural festival in 1974) the annual migration of cultural lovers is nothing but out-dated- showcasing new, fresh talent from a wide range of cultural disciplines including everything from food, fashion, dance, art installations, live performances from both local  undiscovered acts as well as celebrity artists, there are but a few things that aren’t available for everyone’s interest and everyone taste to enjoy at what is regarded as Africa’s biggest celebration of the Arts.
Whether you go alone, with friends or even with family the National Arts Festival is the place to be every end of July/beginning of June.

This year was no exception to the cornucopia of talent entertaining scores of visitors over the eleven days the festival was run. From local dance groups adorning the dusty streets of the town scattering echoes of their songs into cafes and markets to packed in venues with well known favorites-  the enigmatic soulful powerhouse that is Simphiwe Dana and eclectic croonings of Afro-R&B/Soul group The Muffinz to stellar performances from dance duo Muzi Shili and Oscar Buthelezi in the an award-winning dance production by Moving into Dance Mophatong titled ‘Feathers‘ and Moving into Dance Mophatong paying homage to Can Themba in the biographical play, The House of Truth to name a few.
Of course with over 200 artists in attendance there were a lot more unforgettable moments at this years festival.

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