This project celebrates Makhanda’s voices by bringing them together on one stage. This is a Creative City project run by the National Arts Festival, with support from the Grahamstown Foundation, Sarah Baartman District Municipality and the Eastern Cape Government. Artistic support is provided by Graeme College and Access Music Project (AMP).

Power Station

The National Arts Festival took over the Power Station Trust in 2017/18, with the aim of continuing the development of the property as a cultural space.

This historical building is now home to an exciting Community Arts Centre and Facility. In addition to events through the year, it operates as an independent exhibition venue over the course of the National Arts Festival.

Schools’ Fest

Please note that the National Schools’ Fest is not taking place in 2021.

The South African Schools Festivals bring 6000 South African learners and their teachers to the threshold of artistic, educational, dramatic and social enrichment. The flagship National Schools Festival for Grade 12 learners takes place in Makhanda at the same time as the National Arts Festival . From there, it goes on the road, stopping at cities across the country with mini-Festival programmes of performance and workshops.

For additional information, contact the Arts Education office by emailing artseducation@foundation.org.za.


Scifest Africa was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation (STI).

The project consists of two components, the National Science Festival held in Makhanda, as well as regional and national outreach programmes implemented throughout the rest of the year. Scifest Africa identifies and designs unique interactive events and educational resources with scientific integrity to advance science, facilitate learning in an informal and non-threatening way, and provide learners with a great opportunity to discover science outside the classroom.


The De Beers English Olympiad is an English competition that draws over 8000 entries each year from around South Africa and its neighbouring countries. The competition is organised jointly by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education.

We welcome participation from schools across the country in this prestigious competition. Contact us for more information about the prizes on offer and how to take part.