Artsvark Daily Diary – Day 2 – National Arts Festival 2019

National Arts Festival
National Arts Festival

It is day two 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 the buses are streaming into town loaded with festival goers, artists, props, bags and musical instruments. There is a cold nip in the air after yesterday’s icy cold, but the sun is shining bright and warm and it is likely today will get quite hot.

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It is really hard to make suggestions as there is just so much to see, and the Artsvark team arrived late yesterday and we have not had time to see any shows yet.  Today we are going to see Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2019 Kitty Phetla and Nduduzo Makhathini (a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) in Going Back to the Truth of Space revealing a journal of religion, a practice of ritual and a struggle for restoration.

This morning we recommend that you see Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Metaphors (Gymnasium at 10:00) a new commissioned work by Mike van Graan, a fairy tale for the future that is both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend any work by Mike van Graan, a playwright whose work is always entertaining and thought provoking.

Cellist with Rabies (Graeme College at 11:00) sees Jemma Kahn return the festival to tell stories of disease, failure and breakfast, pushing the bounds of Japanese kamishibai storytelling.

There is plenty of family and children’s theatre at the festival, and a highlight today is Silkworm (Princess Alice Hall at 12:00) that tells a story about the most important day in gregarious and socially awkward Georgina’s life, a story that shows that the small things in life are ultimately the big things.

The festival, and indeed today’s lineup has something for everyone, with dance, drama, music and workshops. There’s a feast for jazz lovers at the National Jazz Festival with jazz from midday, late into the night at the DSG Hall. Comedy lovers will be pleased to see a huge array of local comedians presenting one man productions and tonight Irish comedy legend Dylan Moran brings his show Dr Cosmos to the stage of the Guy Butler Theatre at the 1820 Settlers Monument.

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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