Makhanda takes fuss and freeze out of fest by going virtual


Normally, this is the time of year when arts lovers and performers descend on Makhanda for the annual National Arts Festival. It’s an experience of bitterly cold days spent rushing between venues in the city, while avoiding over-eager drama students on the Village Green heckling you to buy tickets to their fringe shows, hawkers on every corner thrusting scarves, gloves and woolly hats into your face as you trek off breathlessly to your next cultural appointment, before making sure to loudly exchange your critical opinions at the Long Table after a day of theatre, art, dance, film and music, then rushing off to the Standard Bank jazz tent and finally collapsing somewhere for a brief moment of sleep, before waking up and doing it all over again. Or at least that’s what it has been like for decades, but won’t be this year...

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