The changes we have had to implement to make this year’s festival possible means that we are all Festival First Timers.
While the festival in Makhanda is much smaller than in previous years, you still need to plan carefully to get the most out of your time. Book your shows in advance, especially those on the Main programme, as these can sell out. Leave time to view exhibitions, visit the Village Green and fit in any extra shows on the Makhanda Live Fringe that are creating a buzz.
The Fringe is a hotbed of innovation and sees seasoned pros and feisty newcomers united in the spirit of expression. Factor time into your schedule to catch new shows and the unexpected hits that get everyone talking. Often these are the recipients of the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Awards, which are awarded from day one of the Festival.