Index 2015 National Arts Festival tickets on sale
Date Added: 15 May 2015

Tickets are currently on sale for South Africa’s premier arts festival, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, which runs from 2 to 12 July in Grahamstown, in the Makana Local Municipality.

Aiming to satisfy, provoke and thrill both the discerning and the curious, this year’s National Arts Festival line-up showcases the best of what South Africa’s artists have to offer, as well as an unmissable selection of international acts.

“The 2015 programme at the National Arts Festival will be a barometer that measures the ways in which South African artists are responding to the complexities and accomplishments of our society,” says Ismail Mahomed, the Festival’s Artistic Director.

“From thought-provoking work by a younger generation of artists to soul-stirring celebrations of South African arts and cultural legends, all complemented by acclaimed performances by international artists, this year’s programme will cater for wide and diverse audiences.”

This year’s highlights include:

The Gala and Symphony concerts will be presented by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (under Richard Cock), while Cape Town City Ballet will celebrate its 20th anniversary with two works by John Neumeier – “Spring and Fall” and “Le Sacre”.

As South Africa’s largest platform of artistic debate and expression, the Festival Fringe is bursting with a bumper line-up of more than 400 productions, including 56 comedy productions, 41 physical theatre productions, seven illusionists, and 34 dance shows.

There’s also a fascinating visual art programme; performance art; the Standard Bank Jazz Festival (Carlo Mombelli, Pops Mohamed, Kesivan Naidoo, Bokani Dyer, and others); Family Fare, which will see ASSITEJ SA collaborate with companies from Holland and Denmark; the Film Festival, showcasing the work of Afrikaans director Jans Rautenbach; and Think!Fest, which will bring together South Africa’s thought leaders to grapple with issues of self-expression and freedom.

The full 2015 Festival website also goes live on 4 May, and visitors can browse, plan and book their Festival experience all in one place. The dedicated ticketing system is both efficient and secure. See for the full programme and booking forms.

Printed programmes will be available from selected Exclusive Books and Standard Bank branches towards the middle of May.


Bookings can be made via the website:

Ticketing call centre: 0860 002 004


Pick up a Festival programme and booking kit from selected Standard Bank and Exclusive Books branches. The full programme is available online at

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Image: 'Le song d'une nuit d'été' at the 2014 National Arts Festival. Photo: CUEPIX / Mia van der Merwe.