EDITORIAL | National Arts Festival feeds our souls and boosts economy


The National Arts Festival opens in Makhanda on Wednesday and over the next 10 days the small town formerly known as Grahamstown will be filled with creative expression. In the words of festival acting executive producer Nobesuthu Rayi – the Port Elizabeth creative at the helm of the 2019 programme – artists are “like the imbongis of our culture.

Just as a chief might traditionally hear from the imbongi about the mood of the people, so our artists are now reading the mood of the nation.”..

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