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Published on 5 March 2018

Welcome to FEST44, a new publication brought to you by the National Arts Festival team

FEST44 marks the 44th edition of the National Arts Festival – yip, we’re keeping it fresh even though we’re that old! We’re hoping this magazine becomes a space for artists, audiences and producers participating in the National Arts Festival to freely express their thoughts and ideas. While they may not always represent those of the Festival itself, we remain 100% uncensored and open to all forms of expression. Let us know what you think of our first issue or send us story ideas or copy for an upcoming edition by emailing us on

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In this issue of FEST44, a new publication from the National Arts Festival team, CHUMA SOPOTELA speaks about what winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award means to her. We’ve included a few TIPS about where to stay and how to make the most of your Festival experience as well as a few SNEAK PEEKS (including RICHARD COCK conducting the Eastern Cape Philharmonic on 1 July). You can eavesdrop on conversations with key people about the selection process behind this year’s Main programme: Executive Producer ASHRAF JOHAARDIEN and Artistic Committee member and Music Curator SAMSON DIAMOND. The short version? There’s a feast to look forward to in Grahamstown…
28 JUNE – 8 JULY 2018  #NAF18 



In this issue, we’re aiming to ignite the spark of excitement by revealing some of what you can look forward to. A few sneak peeks (Yes! Steven Cohen will be performing) and conversations with key players about what they’re planning for this year’s Festival – Featured Artist Mamela Nyamza, Standard Bank Young Artist Guy Buttery and Artistic Committee member and Dance Curator David April.
28 JUNE – 8 JULY 2018 | GRAHAMSTOWN, ZA | #NAF18