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National Arts Festival, South Africa

National Arts Festival, South Africa

At the end of June each year the Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape is transformed into one huge happening for a period of 11 days, when the Grahamstown National Arts Festival gets underway. It’s a national phenomenon of the arts, the largest in South Africa and the second largest in the world after the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. If there's one South African festival you have to attend, this is the one.

The festival offers more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music. From theatre to dance, opera to cabaret, fine art to craft art, classical music to jazz, poetry readings to lectures, every art form imaginable is represented in one of the most diverse festivals in the world. And there's something for every taste, with techno raves, medieval banquets, craft fairs, cyber cafes, carnivals, buskers and walking tours.