South Africa gears up for Grahamstown festival

15th Apr 2013

One of South Africa's most colourful cultural events is due to hit Grahamstown once again this summer, offering the very best of indigenous and imported talent.

Every year for 11 days the Grahamstown National Arts Festival sees the town's population almost double, as more than 50,000 people flock to the Eastern Cape for a feast of arts, crafts and entertainment.

This year's show, which takes place between 28 June and 8 July, will see every hall transformed into a theatre, parks and sports fields becoming flea markets and every available bed in the city booked up weeks in advance.

The festival comprises more than 500 shows, offering everything from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.

Almost every art-form is represented at the event, with poetry readings, lectures, techno raves, mediaeval banquets, craft fairs, cyber cafes, carnivals, buskers and walking tours all on the programme.

The festival operates out of the 1820 Settlers National Monument and is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation.

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