National Arts Festival
The annual National Arts Festival represents a truly fantastic opportunity to
immerse oneself in local and international arts and culture. Held in Grahamstown
from 28 June to 6 July, the festival is a great South African experience.
Commencing as SACLA ends, what better way to finish off your Eastern Cape
The festival itself is very well organised. Their website can be found at
http://www.nafest.co.za. The most vital document is their booking kit
which is available
for download at http://www.nafest.co.za/booking_kit.htm.
Further information, which may be of help, is provided below:
SACLA delegates will be provided with free transport from the Fish River Sun to
Grahamstown. The bus will depart from the conference venue after lunch at
approximately 14h30, Saturday afternoon.
Out of Grahamstown
The festival organisers offer a regular bus service to and from Port Elizabeth
and the airport there. The cost is R80 each way. Arrangements are on an
“as-needed” basis and booking can be made on form B1 in the booking kit.
Bed and Breakfast’s
Contact: Craig Thompson
Phone: 046 622 5777
Expect single rooms to start at R200 per person per night and double rooms to
start at R160 per person sharing.
Feel free to make any special requests.
Craig can be contacted 24 hours a day.
Contact: Desiree Wicks
Phone: 046 603 8276
Rooms are divided into A and B grades. A grade is R130 per person per night, B
grade is R95 per person per night.
Most accommodation is in single rooms. A full English breakfast is provided
between 7:45 and 10:00.
The main festival is always home to a large variety of handpicked shows. There
are items of theatre, dance, opera, music, exhibitions, lectures and others. As
well as the main festival, the fringe festival offers as much of a variety. It
is open to all and is often a showcase for emerging talent. Information on what
is available at the main festival is available in the booking kit. Information
regarding the fringe festival can be arranged by completing form F in the
festival booking kit.
Should you be inclined, the many stalls on the Village Green and High Street
markets offer a range of edible delights. Grahamstown’s more established
restaurants are also worth sampling.
Should you be interested in the festival and require any extra information,
please do not hesitate to contact Gareth Edwards at
Other Websites that may be of interest
We've not attempted a complete list, but you might want to check out
some of these links:
Port Alfred: http://www.ndlambe.co.za/portalfred/index.htm
Two prominent American Computer Scientists spent a short while here
recently. Here are some photographs and commentary on the Bathurst
River Sun and Mpekweni Sun have their own sites.