Free National Arts Festival App

Accessing the Festival on-the-go

Visitors to the National Arts Festival can carry their plans in their pocket with the Festival’s 2016 mobile app. Free to download from both IOS and Android stores, the National Arts Festival app is a portable Festival-planner that enables online bookings and stores users’ e-tickets on the go.

The app shares a log-in profile with the user’s account at so all purchases from one user will reflect under both their web and app profiles.

Festival-goers who like to plan on the move can scan through the programme on the app, searching by day, artist or show. A venue map helps with way-finding and a separate icon takes users to a live tracker for Festival Hoppers - the free Festival buses that are available to transport visitors between venues.

National Arts Festival app users can also scan Festival news and connect, and contribute to, the chatter on the Festival’s social channels whilst staying up to date with who has been nominated for Standard Bank Ovation Awards.


Tune into the National Arts Festival conversation using the hashtag #NAF16 and follow:

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @artsfestival
  • Instagram: @nationalartsfestival

Image: Barrera's Quintijn Relouw - pic by CuePix/Megan Moore - National Arts Festival 2016

Visit for more information and to view the programme online.


The National Arts Festival is grateful to the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape Provincial Government, M-Net and Standard Bank of South Africa.



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About National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.

The 2017 National Arts Festival runs for 11 days from 29 June - 9 July and is held in the small university city of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, 130 km from Port Elizabeth.

The Festival consists of a Main and Fringe programme both administered by the National Arts Festival Office. The full programme comprises drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, tours (of the city and surrounding historic places) and a children’s arts festival.

The event has always been open to all regardless of race, colour, sex or creed. As no censorship or artistic restraint has ever been imposed on works presented in Grahamstown, the Festival served as an important forum for political and protest theatre during the height of the apartheid era, and it still offers an opportunity for experimentation across the arts spectrum. Its significance as a forum for new ideas and an indicator of future trends in the arts cannot be underestimated.

The National Arts Festival is grateful to the Department of Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape Provincial Government, M-Net and Standard Bank of South Africa.

National Arts Festival
National Arts Festival
PO Box 304
Grahamstown, Ec 6140
South Africa