Arts fest figures up

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TOP OF THE POPS: Village Green stallholder Darlington Kahari shows his bottle-top radios. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
TOP OF THE POPS: Village Green stallholder Darlington Kahari shows his bottle-top radios. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

DESPITE the continuous chilly winter days, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown has already seen a 6% rise in ticket sales at its halfway mark.

The City of Saints is still bustling with art lovers streaming in to the 40th National Arts Festival. The festival this year was themed “Creation of a Nation” in commemoration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy and the contribution of art during the apartheid struggle and beyond.

Tucked in warm beanies and scarves, the young, the old, the brave and those trading a mixed pot of arts, crafts and food at the Village Green, described the festival as 11 days of bliss.

“At the halfway point [on Wednesday] we were about 6% ahead of last year’s figures in terms of actual tickets sold, and about 12% ahead in terms of the rand value of those tickets,” festival chief executive Tony Lankester said yesterday. – Alvené du Plessis

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