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All you need to know about the Festival street parades

Published on 9 July 2015

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][FESTIVAL NEWS] The National Arts Festival’s annual street parade is the gong that signals the closing of one Festival and the possibilities that will inspire the next. With the theme Trans Formations / Trans Actions, this year’s parade aims to celebrate the dual role that the arts play as a platform for social cohesion and as a dynamic force that drives the creative economies.

It promises to be an inspiring spectacle filled with entrancing sounds, captivating sights. Now in its sixth year, the parade is a broad-based community celebration which sees giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and street dancers form a long and colourful procession through the streets of Grahamstown.

‘Trans Formations / Trans Actions’ draws on the participation and contribution of community groups, schools and locals as well as visiting artists. So join the crowds lining the streets of Grahamstown on Saturday and Sunday – and celebrate the gifts of creativity.

  • Trans Formations / Trans Actions is presented by the National Arts Festival in association with Arkwork for Art and Access Music Project.

Saturday’s parade

The parade will being at 11am at the Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in Joza. It will proceed towards Maweti, turning left into Nompondo Street. It will turn left into Vellem Street, until it reaches Sani Street. It will turn into Makana Way in front of PA, proceeding up Mbongela Street, and back to the finish at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in Ncame Street.

Sunday’s parade

The parade will begin at 12 noon at the Link Street taxi rank. It will proceed down Beaufort Street, turn right into Bathurst Street up to Commemoration Church. It will then turn left, passing the Cathedral. It will travel up High Street and finish on the Drostdy lawns.