50th National Arts Festival kicks off in Makhanda

The National Arts Festival in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, kicks off on Thursday. The stage is set to offer thrilling experiences for both locals and tourists.

This year marks the renowned festival’s 50th celebration of creative freedom and zeal by all South African artists taking part in the festival.

The theatre line-up includes “The Suit” by Sello Maake kaNcube Foundation, and Swartwater by Nama Khoi Productions amongst others. For the Dance and Physical arts lovers CION: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro and Aslama by Yaseen Manuel. At 72, Sipho Hotstix returns to the festival with some of his all-time favourite hits.

The festival continues to contribute significantly to the local economy and accounting for nearly 3% of the country’s GDP. CEO of the National Arts Festival, Monica Newton says the stage is set and the performers are ready to dazzle audiences in Makhanda.

“50 Years is such a big milestone in anybody’s life and it’s a testament to the extraordinary partnerships and building this festival Standard Bank’s been with us for over 40 years Eastern Cape province has been supporting us for more than 20 years. So this festival really is built on the back of the efforts of the people who love it the artists to come and support it and this year we’re taking time to really think about what we’ve achieved.

The artists have come through stages to celebrate work that we might have seen before but that’s been presented in new ways but also begin to imagine what the next 50 years look like for the National Arts Festival.

Source: eNCA

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