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Saturday, December 22, 2018


The National Arts Festival is ending the year on a high by giving patrons the chance to snap up early tickets to three fabulous productions at the 2019 National Arts Festival – see details below. They’ve also checked in with the outgoing Standard Bank Young Artists to see what they're up to – what fascinating lives these incredible talents live!

“Thank you to you, our loyal audiences and artists, for an amazing year – and we look forward to seeing you in Makhanda next year,” say the organisers.

The festival takes place from June 27 to July 7, 2019. Get in early! The Festival is offering the chance to secure seats to three great shows in 2019:

-Genius comedian Dylan Moran with his new show Dr Cosmos
-Performances by the extraordinary and iconic Drakensberg Boys Choir
-A rare opportunity to experience Samson, a brand-new work from Brett Bailey, before it heads abroad

This is a great opportunity for those who want to plan ahead and secure tickets – or buy holiday gifts for friends and family. Head on over to to book.

The outgoing 2018 Standard Bank Young Artists were asked about their experiences and immediate future plans:

Guy Buttery, Music
Over the festive season, I will be taking time out to take part in a long meditation retreat for an undetermined length of time. The retreat is situated in a 2300-year-old Buddhist monastery in a tropical forest in Sri Lanka.
I have just completed work on what will be my seventh album release, which is a duo with Indian sitar player and vocalist Kanada Narahari. The album also features fellow SBYA Shane Cooper. This is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2019, with tours already in place throughout South Africa and the USA.
And, immediately upon my return from the East, I will be working on a feature length film score.

Musa Hlatshwayo, Dance
I’ve had a wonderful year, both personally and workwise. It’s been amazing to have the support of the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank. I feel honoured to have been given the platform to create and stage UDODANA, a piece that is near and dear to me. It has since been invited and performed at the Jomba Contemporary Dance Experience, where it was also received with thunderous critical acclaim. It is my wish for the work to tour and to showcase it in various spaces – especially as it triggers vital dialogue around black masculinity and identity at such a critical time.
I’m hoping for a safe, peaceful, rejuvenating, laughter-filled Christmas holiday back at home in Maphumulo, where I can reconnect and re-centre; a retreat of some sort. I’m looking forward to kicking my dancing shoes off – literally – and just walking barefoot in the space that holds so many dear memories for me. This will prepare me for the big plans I have for next year, which you will soon know about.

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