Arts and culture
Ticket sales this year were up nearly 7% on 2014, says the National Arts Festival, while the
value of tickets bought for festival shows was up by 18%. "This augers well for the arts
sector, and is
a ringing endorsement for the talent and hard work of our artists."
The venerable old Cape Town City Hall will dazzle again over Nelson Mandela International Day
weekend, when it throws open its doors to the Cape Town Nu World Festival. Besides music,
there will be workshops and talks led by the participating artists, as well as fringe events.
This year's National Arts Festival features more women in an effort to amplify female voices in
the performing and visual arts. The programme offers everything from musicians to hard-
hitting dramas that explore true stories about women rising up against the odds.
Questions around African identity and belonging are woven into the programme of the National
Arts Festival this year. The festival, which starts today and runs for two weeks, offers almost 2
500 performances of 630 shows, including many from artists from around the continent.
Jacob Dlamini has won the prestigious Alan Paton Award for his book exploring collaboration and
betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle. And Damon Galgut has won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
for his novel, Arctic Summer
, evocation of the life of EM Forster.
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