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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 experience?

The festival itself is very well organised. Their website can be found at The most vital document is their booking kit which is available for download at

Further information, which may be of help, is provided below:


  • Into Grahamstown
    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.
  • Student Residences
    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:

Two prominent American Computer Scientists spent a short while here recently. Here are some photographs and commentary on the Bathurst area.

The Fish River Sun and Mpekweni Sun have their own sites.



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