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Deadline extended: Proposals for the National Arts Festival 2016

Published on 4 September 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”][MEDIA RELEASE] 4 September – Did you miss the deadline for the call for proposals for the Main programme for 2016 or maybe you considered entering but just never got your proposal together? Here is your chance, The National Arts Festival has extended the deadline for calls for the 2016 Main programme until Friday, 11 September 2015.

Artists, companies and presenters can download a proposal brief from the Festival’s website.

Proposals must reach the Artistic Director no later than Friday 11 September 2015.

All proposals must be submitted as per the proposal brief that is available on the Festival’s website

Enquiries should be addressed to the Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed, on 046 603 1103 or by email at

Fringe applications will be available in October 2015 and registration will close on Friday 22 January 2016. Forms and information booklets will be available online at Enquiries should be addressed to the Fringe Manager, Zikhona Nweba, on 046 603 1177 or by email at



The National Arts Festival is grateful to its presenting sponsors: Standard Bank, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Department of Arts and Culture, and the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. City Press and M-Net are our media partners.


The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. The 2016 National Arts Festival will run from 30 June to 10 July 2016. The programme comprises drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, tours (of the city and surrounding historic places) as well as a children’s arts festival. As no censorship or artistic restraint has ever been imposed on works presented in Grahamstown, the Festival served as an important forum for political and protest theatre during the height of the apartheid era, and it continues to offer an opportunity for experimentation across the arts spectrum. Its significance as a forum for new ideas and an indicator of future trends in the arts cannot be underestimated.


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