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Monday, August 10, 2009


Deadline August 15 for those wishing to participate on the main National Arts Festival programme.

For those wishing to apply to participate on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, you have until August 15, 2009, to do so.

Detailed proposals for the Main Programme should include: background of the institution, organisation or individual submitting the proposal; a narrative description of the production / exhibition / performance and a brief narrative biographies of the principal artists in / proposed for the production / exhibition.

Also required is an artistic statement motivating why the work should be presented at the 2010 Festival, a preliminary budget.

Theatre proposals should include a play-script or a script in progress, music proposals require a CD and dance proposals require a DVD. For Visual Arts proposals, a portfolio (if applicable) is required or full details about the works for the exhibition.

Cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary proposals should include at least two of the items listed above in the proposal.

Proposals for genres which are not listed above must include samples of previous works and as much detail as possible so that the Festival Committee have all the relevant information on which to base their recommendations. Check detailed requirements for individual disciplines on the website,

Now in its 35th year, The National Arts Festival has proved its sustainability and has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Its objectives are to deliver excellence; encourage innovation and development in the arts by providing a platform for both established and emerging South African artists; create opportunities for collaboration with international artists; and build new audiences. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Sunday Independent and M Net.