Artists and companies wanting to participate in the National Arts Festival’s 2017 Fringe will net an early bird discount for applications submitted and paid for by 15 December 2016.


The final deadline for all Fringe applications is 16 January 2017 with extensive information and application forms available on the National Arts Festival’s website.

The National Arts Festival Fringe is not curated according to any selection process and is open to both international and national entries across a number of disciplines; from visual and performance art to public art, music, comedy, family fare, dance and more. It forms part of the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown which is comprised of a selected and curated main programme and an unsolicited Fringe.

Numerous artists have found critical acclaim on the Fringe and the Standard Bank Ovations Awards are a key component of rewarding the talent and creativity that is showcased. A true testing ground for audience receptivity, the Fringe always generates a number of unexpected and viral successes during the 11-day Festival.

Says the National Arts Festival Fringe Manager, Zikhona Monaheng, “The Fringe is a fascinating space for artists and audiences and Fringe theatre is becoming a favourite on the global Festival circuit. For me it’s a space where anything can happen, where mediums and methods can be reimagined and where artists can watch and be inspired by one another.”

The Fringe Festival office can be reached on 046 603 1103 or at

Arts enthusiasts planning to attend the 2017 National Arts Festival are advised to make their accommodation bookings early to avoid disappointment. Assistance with accommodation options can be found via the Makana Tourism Office and the National Arts Festival Website.

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