Festival-goers spoilt for choice
THE National Arts Festival is under way. The streets of Grahamstown are a mixture of colour, hipsters, hippies and weird -looking art lovers.
At every corner stands a stall selling this or that. The atmosphere is electric. It's so thick you can cut it with a blunt knife.
Crowds fill venues excitedly and lap up the entertainment on offer.
And there is plenty to choose from. With the shows come the famous. There is a celebrity at every alley and narrow street. Trying to spot them isn't even fun anymore. But here, nonetheless, to entertain the eager crowds are the cream of South Africa's performance talents.
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is immediately recognisable. The TV star is in Grahamstown as part of the cast of Race. For three days only, until tomorrow, adoring fans can catch a glimpse of the former soapie star.
Staying with theatre, Pieter-Dirk Uys will also be in town. The satirist will be performing solo in An Audience with Peter Dirk Eish.
The Standard Bank young artists of the year for 2012 will also be on show. Their skills range from visual arts to jazz to drama. They all have performances lined up to showcase their talents to the public.
The jazz section of the festival is hosting high-profile stars. Sibongile Khumalo's Reflect. Celebrate. Live show will be one of the headline acts next week.
Jazz lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice.