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Saturday, August 7, 2010


Proposals called for 2011 National Arts Festival from June 30 to July 9, 2011.

Following a steady overall growth of 8,4% this year which was achieved at the same time as the biggest sporting event (World Cup Soccer) was being staged in South Africa, the National Arts Festival continues to ride in full gear with a call-out for proposals for performances and exhibitions for the Main programme of the 37th edition of the Festival that will be held from June 30 to July 9, 2011.

“We are looking for new and compelling work that raises the bar on excellence and innovation in the performing arts, visual arts and cross-disciplinary arts”, said Festival Director Ismail Mahomed.

A Festival Committee comprising specialists in the various art genres will review all the proposals. Recommendations will be made to the Festival Director who will compile a programme that continues to reflect the Festival’s mission of being a leader in presenting the broadest representation of South African art forms over ten days.

Written proposals must include a background of the institution, artist or promoter submitting the proposal; a narrative description of the production / performance /exhibition, and a brief narrative biographies of the principal artists. Also required is an artistic statement motivating why the work should be presented at the Festival in 2011 and a preliminary budget.

Supporting information in the various categories is to be included with the proposal, ie Theatre - a play-script or script in progress; Music - CD / DVD; Dance/Physical Theatre: DVD / Video; Visual art/exhibitions - a portfolio (if applicable) or full details of the exhibition that is being proposed, and Performance art/cross disciplinary art - CD/DVD and any other materials that will support 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.

Detailed written proposals with all the relevant supporting materials must reach the Festival Director no later than August 20, 2010. Please check detailed requirements for individual disciplines on the website,

Written proposals can be delivered either to fax 046 622 3082, by email to: or posted to PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa.

The Festival Director is available for consultation for further guidelines about submitting proposals for the Main programme. Those with queries should Ismail Mahomed on email at or phone +27 (0) 46 603 1103.

The deadline for registration on the Fringe is January 28, 2011. Details about registering for the Fringe will be released at a later date. For more information, click on the National Arts Festival advert on this page