The Namakwa Festival showcases indigenous cultures and the celebration of the creative spirit of the people of the Namakwa District. It is a festival that seeks to promote cultural equity within cultural diversity. Arts and culture are not luxuries but power tools for nation building, economic development and job creation that will ensure the success of the African Renaissance.
The Grahamstown National Arts Festival: Africa's largest and most colourful cultural event offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days (June/July) Grahamstown's population almost doubles, as over 50 000 people flock to Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment. Every hall or large room becomes a theatre, parks and sport fields become flea markets, normally quiet streets have to be managed by an army of temporary traffic wardens, and every available bed in the city is booked. The festival offers more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.
The three lifelong friends—brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Wouters—who make up the Wind-up Records recording group Civil Twilight have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in South Africa, emulating the rock music they heard coming out of Europe and America, from Oasis, U2 and Nirvana to The Verve, The Police, Muse and Radiohead.
Besides being a a fantasticaly amazing mind-blowing party in the middle of the Karoo... AfrikaBurn is primarily an ART festival, creating a temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in a non-commercial environment. There is nothing for sale - no vendors, no advertising, not even a barter economy. The gift economy is about giving of oneself without expecting anything in return.
Judah Square is the home of the Knysna Rastas, established in 1993 during the summer of love a small group of Rastafarians got together and decided to form their own community in the Nekkies location on the outskirts of Knysna. From its early beginnings in Nekkies to the present day in Judah Square it has always been a safe haven for the followers of Helie I Selassie I - Jah Ras Tafari!
The Aardklop National Arts Festival offers an outstanding program with more than 70 productions , including an opera and dance to drama productions by award-winning brand new writers. Popular productions from other parties will also be shown Aardklop such as the award-winning theatrical spatial Bethesda.