Colour me creative: Save the date for these 4 iconic SA art festivals returning in 2019

2018-10-12 19:00 - Saara Mowlana
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Get your arts and crafts on at one of these 5 SA art festivals om 2019! (Photo: iStock)

Get your arts and crafts on at one of these vibrant art festivals set to make a splash on South Africa's canvas in 2019.

From watching the birth of artworks live to dancing in reckless abandon along to its destruction - there are various kinds of art events in store for 2019.

Whether you're looking for visual art, performance art or wish to appreciate and indulge in its literary variety - one of these four upcoming iconic SA art fests are sure to pique your curiosity.

READ: Grahamstown: How to entertain yourself when it's not arts festival 

Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK)

Be sure to check out what is undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals in South Africa, mainly because it gives people the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the heart of SA's iconic Little Karoo. We've got you sorted for making the most of your road trip to KKNK as well - read more on that here.

  • WHEN: 21 - 27 March 2019
  • WHERE: Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
  • COST: TBA - stay posted on their website 

SEE: How to have the ultimate KKNK road trip 


Shed the shackles of real life and enter the transcendent world of AfrikaBurn - where art comes to life in the middle of nowhere ready to transport you to another dimension.

As with each year since it started in 2007, AfrikaBurn takes place on Stonehenge Farm in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. A year’s worth of anticipation, dreaming, planning, building and creating comes together to create Tankwa Town, a temporary city formed from the imaginations of its participants (that’s you). 

  • WHEN29 April - 5 May 2019
  • WHERETankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape
  • COSTTicket prices vary from R200 to R2 700 and can be bought via their website  

ALSO WATCH: A fiery spectacle of culture and art at AfrikaBurn 2018 

National Arts Festival

Cape Town - Get your creative juices flowing as you get in gear for the 45th National Arts Festival set to take place between 27 June and 7 July 2019. 

Over 11 days, the world’s arts spotlight shifts to the small Eastern Cape city of Grahamstown, which has been renamed to Makhanda, for a festival packed with theatre, dance, visual and performance art, film, music and more.

  • WHEN27 June - 7 July 2019
  • WHEREMakhanda, Eastern Cape
  • COSTTBA - stay posted on their website 

ARE YOU Heading to the National Arts Festival? Locals share some insider tips  

Poetry in McGregor

Perhaps your art of choice lies in the delicate craft of poetry. Get your fix and fuel your soul with prose and poems performed by local artists and be sure to bask in a weekend of relaxation by escaping to the town of McGregor for the sixth Poetry in McGregor Festival.

  • WHENTBA - stay posted on their website
  • WHEREOfficial venues TBA, but it is often various venues in McGregor that are walking distance of one another - stay posted on their website
  • COSTTBA - stay posted on their website 

CHECK OUT: McGregor Poetry Weekend: Poetry is to the mind what yoga is to the body 

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