Of Makhanda

Grocott's Mail - - Vnational Arts Festival - Warm re­gards Mon­ica New­ton CEO Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val

have reached out to lo­cal busi­nesses to source prod­ucts and ser­vices, but we know that it can­not re­place the in­come lost from thou­sands of visitors flock­ing to the city and the pride it en­gen­ders to see so many happy cus­tomers on our streets.

We are pleased that some of our lo­cal artists are fea­tur­ing on the pro­gramme, and on­line au­di­ences will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit from their cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion, but this can­not re­place the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show­case their work and gen­er­ate in­come from the Fes­ti­val.

What does of­fer a glim­mer of hope, is that the on­line ex­pe­ri­ence means that au­di­ences from across the world are join­ing us in their num­bers to ex­pe­ri­ence this one-of-a-kind Fes­ti­val from phones, lap­tops or other de­vices, ev­ery­where from Nor­way to Mex­ico and Nige­ria to Lon­don.

It will not be the same as en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of the Fes­ti­val with live au­di­ences from but we hope that they will be in­spired to visit us when we are safe to travel and gather again and we be­lieve that the on­line Fes­ti­val will give us all a great boost in terms of mar­ket­ing this na­tional trea­sure well be­yond our bor­ders.

The Fes­ti­val team who would usu­ally be build­ing venues are build­ing a web­site – site scaf­fold­ing in­stead of set-build­ing. Where they would nor­mally be wel­com­ing artists with warm hugs of re­union, they are now spend­ing hours in video con­fer­ences. While we are all work­ing at full tilt to de­liver our on­line pro­gramme, there is a sad­ness that we all carry. It is just not the same with­out you and our live au­di­ence!

The Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that rev­els in live events and loves au­di­ences; we will make sure that the Fes­ti­val is back where it be­longs in Makhanda in 2021.

We hope to see you at www.na­tion­alarts­fes­ti­val.co.za for the on­line ex­pe­ri­ence.

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