The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) has invested more than R3,6 Million on this year’s 43rd National Arts Festival (NAF), taking place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 28 June 2017 to 9 July 2017. The NAF is a cornerstone of our Province’s economy, contributing R377million annually to our GDP.

That translates into jobs, tourist spend and visitors buying the work of our crafters, a myriad of activities that help our people enhance their lives. It is an example of how the arts can play a meaningful role in the reconstruction of our economy and country.

2017 marks the 15th year of the Department’s support to the festival and we are funding different categories which include: 

• Visual Arts and Craft 
• WordFest
• EC Indigenous Dance and Music Ensemble
• Official Opening
• Dakawa Music Festival
• Fingo Festival
• Homestay Project
• Festival Operational Support

Looking forward to the NAF MEC Dr.(h.c) Pemmy Majodina highlighted, “Our artists sing, they dance, they write and present words of wisdom and inspiration. They paint and create beautiful artifacts. They stimulate debate and encourage open conversations. And with each of these endeavours our society takes another step towards the freedom dreamt by iconic leaders.”

MEC Majodina further added that, “The Festival takes place in the centenary of the birth of OR Tambo, born in 1917 in Nkantolo Village, Eastern Cape. His memory and legacy will be remembered at the Festival, as we reflect and talk and learn from him. The Festival will also be commemorating the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi. The memories of the soldiers lost in that tragedy will play out through exhibitions and performances at the Festival,” said MEC Majodina.

The NAF is South Africa’s oldest and the continent’s biggest Arts Festival staged each year in June and July in Grahamstown. It was founded by Prof Roy Sargeant and Prof Guy Butler in 1974, with the idea of offering the arts community a platform to showcase their work without any middlemen who would benefit from their earnings and it remains so to this day. 

Members of the media will be briefed on the state of readiness and what to look forward to on this year’s NAF at press conference that will be held on 28 June 2017 in Makana Council Chamber, Grahamstown Town Hall at 14h00. 

For media queries, contact:

Mr Andile Nduna
Cell: 071 411 4820

Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Eastern Cape
No. 5 Eales Street,
King William's Town,
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