Artsvark Daily Diary – Day 5 – National Arts Festival 2019

National Arts Festival
National Arts Festival

Today is day five of the 45th National Arts Festival in Makhanda, and today promises to be another day of amazing.

There is so much to do and see today and town has filled up with festival goers. The weather has been playing its part and we’ve had really warm days since Festival began. Unfortunately the wind has picked up and the temperatures have dropped with a high of 16 degrees Celsius expected today.

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It is really hard to make suggestions as there is just so much to see, but we’re going to give it our best shot.

This morning we recommend that you see A Star is Born – The Rise and Fall of Judy Garland (Beethoven Room at 10:00), this comes highly recommended to us by a festival goer from Durban who saw the show yesterday and was sharing his experience of the show over dinner last night.

At 11, there’s another performance of Cellist With Rabies, so if you haven’t seen it yet, head on down to Graeme College. At the same time there’s also an interesting discussion happening at the NELM Theatre: Hip Hop – Classrooms Beyond the Street.

The book Steinheist has its launch at 11:30 at Eden Grove as part of WordFest.

If you’re here with children try Flying Solo at midday at Memory Hall, if not perhaps give the dance production Lost & Found a try at PJ’s.

It’s your last chance to see Umthombo at Centenary Hall today at 12:30. We will be at this one, recommended to us as colourful, vibrant and a joy to watch, with a cast of all ages and some amazing scene changes.

At 13:30 have a laugh with Tats is Cancelled at Drill Hall, a 2019 Ovation Award winning show.

At 14:00 there’s UJ’s production of Lord of the Flies at St Andrew’s Hall.

Ben Voss and John van de Ruit are back and present Benny Bushwacker at The Hangar at 14:30.

Getting more serious at 15:00 at the NELM Theatre there is a discussion on the table: Artivism: The Role of the Black Consciousness Movement in the Arts.

With its provocative title #Tithes&FeesMustFall could start new conversations at the B2 Arena at 16:00.

At 17:00 the culmination of days of auditions and then rehearsals takes its spot on the stage at DSG Hall in the form of the Standard Bank National School’s Big Band and later this evening at 20:30 on the same stage, their more senior counterparts, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band.

Leave a comment and let us know what you have seen, what you have loved and what you have hated, let’s get the conversation going and have an amazing festival.

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