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Friday, August 10, 2018


(A scene from “Black Privilege” by National Arts Festival Featured Artist for 2018, Mamela Nyamza. Photo by Chris de Beer)

Deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018, at 17h00

The call for proposals for the 2019 National Arts Festival Main Programme has been extended until the end of August, 2018.

The dates for the 2019 National Arts Festival, which goes into its 45th year, have been announced as June 27 to July 7.

Established and emerging artists are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed by the Artistic Committee for possible inclusion in next year’s Main Programme.

The original closing date of August 15 has now been extended till August 31 at 17h00 to allow artists more time to complete their applications.

“The core of our Main Programme is the result of works selected from this open call for submissions by the lead curators for the various disciplines,” explains Executive Producer, Ashraf Johaardien. “This is then followed by lengthy process of deliberation and consultation.”

The other key component of the Festival is the Fringe; an open access platform of unsolicited works that do not go through a curation process The call for proposals for the 2019 Fringe will open in September, 2018.

There is no prescribed theme for the Main Programme in 2019. Instead, a collective interrogation of the cross-genre shortlist identified by the curatorial team will guide the Artistic Committee in deciding on a thematic framework which will be announced when the programme is unveiled.

Artists and producers interested in applying for consideration for the Main Programme should visit

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