Call for National Arts Festival’s Main Programme Submissions Extended

The dates for the 2019 National Arts Festival, which goes into its 45th year, have been announced as 27 June to 7 July. Established and emerging artists are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed by the Artistic Committee for possible inclusion in next year’s Main Programme. The original closing date of 15 August has now been extended till 31 August at 17h00 to allow artists more time to complete their applications.

“The core of our Main Programme is the result of works selected from this open call for submissions by the lead curators for the various disciplines,” explains Executive Producer Ashraf Johaardien. “This is then followed by lengthy process of deliberation and consultation,” he adds.

The other key component of the Festival is the Fringe; an open access platform of unsolicited works that do not go through a curation process The call for proposals for the 2019 Fringe will open in September 2018.

There is no prescribed theme for the Main Programme in 2019. Instead, a collective interrogation of the cross-genre shortlist identified by the curatorial team will guide the Artistic Committee in deciding on a thematic framework which will be announced when the programme is unveiled.

Artists and producers interested in applying for consideration for the Main Programme should visit

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