National Arts Festival 2019: All you need to know

We have put together, in one place, everything you need to know about the 2019 National Arts Festival

The official opening of the 45th annual National Arts Festival in Makhanda
The official opening of the 45th annual National Arts Festival in Makhanda
Image: Werner Hills


Jury still out on 2019 arts festival

With chilly conditions marking the last day of the 45th instalment of the National Arts festival hosted in Makhanda, ...

By Devon Koen

Young JR says it all behind the keyboard

It was not until his seventh birthday when someone bought him a toy keyboard as a gift and he mimicked the tune of the ...

By Naziziphiwo Buso

Improving craft no joke for Gola

Comedian Lazola Gola says the National Arts Festival has been a boot camp for him to improve his work.

By Naziziphiwo Buso

Celebrating our cultural memories

One of the National Arts Festival’s regular theatre contributors has brought no fewer than three productions to the ...

By Naziziphiwo Buso

Koala’s juggling act is far from cuddly

Most children might take up a musical instrument at the age of 11, but instead JP Koala – growing up in Australia – ...

By Devon Koen

SA sibling’s world-class VR experience at festival

South Africans will get their first chance to experience The Lost Botanist at the National Arts Festival, just weeks ...

By Herald Reporter

This freestyler is on the ball

Growing up a shy young boy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, street performer and international football freestyle superstar ...

By Devon Koen

Nerves of steel a prerequisite for chainsaw-tossing busker

Suffering a traumatic head injury at the age of six while living on the family farm in Canada, busker Stickman – also ...

By Devon Koen

National Arts Festival brings the house down

From a misplaced arrow to a displaced roof, the National Arts Festival being held in Makhanda never fails to dish up ...

By Devon Koen

Award-winner looks to life for ideas

Drawing inspiration from living, watching, listening – and even eavesdropping – is how young theatre aficionado Amy ...

By Devon Koen

Long road to arts festival for US master drummer

Following years of endless preparation to get his band to SA for a series of gigs with the esteemed trumpeter bra Feya ...

By Tseliso Monaheng

WATCH | Much more to bubbly show than just fun

Many performers of things magical use smoke and mirrors of sorts, but would you believe giant smoking bubbles also work ...

By Naziziphiwo Buso

Magician shoots assistant in head in magic trick gone wrong

A magician accidentally shot his co-performer in the head with a crossbow when "magic show" went horribly wrong at the ...

By Malibongwe Dayimani

Enabling power in young winner’s art

Steering away from conventional forms of therapy and presenting art as a different kind of encounter allows for a ...

By Devon Koen

Digital window on the National Arts Festival

All you need is a mobile phone and internet connectivity and you can see art in your very own world, says Creativate ...

By Naziziphiwo Buso

New Brighton Writer to launch poetry at National Arts Festival

A New Brighton writer will launch his first solo volume of poetry at the National Arts Festival’s LitFest programme in ...

By Gillian McAinsh

Arts MEC Fezeka Bayeni happy with ‘promotion’

For the woman who is now in charge of running the provincial arts portfolio, she could not be more pleased with her ...

By Brett Adkins

Feel the love with Mthatha’s 047

Mthatha trio 047 are head-over-heels as they prepare to perform at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda for the first ...

By Zamandulo Malonde

Winter chill heralds start of National Arts Festival in Makhanda

With fog and drizzle setting the traditional winter ambience in Makhanda on the eve of the National Arts Festival, the ...

By Devon Koen

Organist Stephen Holder tunes up for National Arts Festival

Makhanda organist Stephen Holder returns to Spiritfest in 2019 with a recital Hymns Without Words at the National Arts ...

By Samantha Carolus

All roads lead to Makhanda for SA artists who want to showcase their ...

All the stages are set as the final call for acts goes off, five days before artists from across the country and beyond ...

By Zizonke May

Collegiate to present 'The Edge of Her Earth' at National Arts Festival

Collegiate Girls’ High School is presenting its physical theatre piece The Edge of Her Earth at the National Arts ...

By Weekend Post Reporter

Bay’s Jesse to perform on home ground with Drakensberg Boys Choir

A former Westering Primary School pupil who is now a member of the Drakensberg Boys Choir mostly looks forward to his ...

By Zamandulo Malonde

National Arts Festival sets stage for young creatives

The National Arts Festival (NAF), which starts in Makhanda on Thursday June 26, gives artists a platform to break new ...

By Herald Correspondent

Lights, water, action ... Makhanda show will go on despite crises

Patrons of the national arts festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) will have access to water even if they are ...

By TimesLIVE


A team of The Herald reporters and photographers are putting together a Spotlight supplement where you can find the daily listings and other previews and reviews every day of the National Arts Festival.