Artists and producers from anywhere in the world are invited to submit applications to present work for live presentation at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda in 2022.


This call is for live work, particularly of interest to the festival is finished work or almost finished work.

Separately, there will be a call for work to be presented or engaged with on digital platforms (digital work) as part of the Curated Festival, followed by a call for Fringe Festival participation.

NAF 2022

The 49th National Arts Festival will take place live in Makhanda from 23 June to 3 July 2022.

We anticipate having works across the performing arts fields, visual arts, and work for public spaces.  For this application round, we are open to works across all disciplines.  It is important to note that any future policy or regulations regarding proof of vaccination for attendance at events may influence participation in the Festival.


In preparing for submission, we ask for the following information:

  • Short artist bio (3000-character limit including spaces)
  • You can also attach brief artists bios for all those involved
  • A description and history of your work or project
  • Short summary (700-character limit including spaces)
  • Project description (6000-character limit including spaces)
  • - What pandemic considerations you have had to make with this work, or could consider making, in the event of audience or travel restrictions (6000-character limit including spaces)
  • A budget to make or prepare the work and travel it, showing where you have other investment already and where you need to raise additional funds
Additional notes to bear in mind:

There will be place for the uploading of additional support documentation

It is unlikely that the festival can put in more than R200,000 to any one production

The committee will only assess fully complete applications


  • Call open from Friday 8 October
  • Call deadline Friday 12 November
  • Responses to applicants 10 February


Selection is based on artistic strength and quality of proposed work within the context of an overall diverse and representative National Arts Festival, against final budget availability, and curatorial directions based on discussions within the Artistic Committee.