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July, 2016

  • 1 July

    Ntsiki Speaks


    Michelle May The voice of the “Black Gal”, Ntsiki Mazwai brings her powerful poetry in a one-woman play to life at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival this year. The play will premiere on the 30 June and run until 9 July at Glennie Fest Centre. Having the opportunity to sit in one of …

May, 2015

  • 13 May

    Making Music with a Violin and Machine

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    Catherine Roland On 2 May 2015, Durban-based electro duo Veranda Panda hit Friar Tucks in Grahamstown as the second last stop of their Going Coastal tour.  Liam Magner and Jane Baillie got the Friars crowd pumping like you’ve never seen before.  Baillie’s electrifying violin performance was met with applause from …

July, 2014

  • 5 July

    Fest in Review: Piet se Optelgoed

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    You might not actually understand the meaning behind Piet se Optelgoed, but maybe that is the whole point.  Without much comprehensible dialogue, the two ‘man’ play is set against a backdrop of black bags, large paper coverings and an eerie clothes line. Liezl de Kock gives a confident, comfortable performance as a …

March, 2014

  • 31 March

    Masicule mass choir concert a smashing success


    By Nereesha Patel On Monday 23 and Sunday 24 of March, the 1820 Settler’s Monument played host to the Masicule mass choral concert, in which local singing groups and choirs from schools and churches performed to packed venues. The concert, which saw 500 singers taking to the stage and ending the show …

July, 2013

  • 9 July

    [Review] Expectant

    By Ian Currie I’m going to keep this short. Expectant is the most phenomenal work I have seen at the brilliant National Arts Festival 2013.