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  • Amanda Black and Ringo Madlingozi join National Arts Festival lineup

    Amanda Black and Ringo Madlingozi join National Arts Festival lineup

    After two years of offering the country’s oldest and most diverse arts festival online, the arts community is looking forward to the 2022 National Arts Festival that is set to kick off on Thursday 23 June. 

    The National Arts Festival has announced that there are three new additions to its exciting 2022 programme. Music lovers can look forward to one-night-only concerts from award-winning singer Amanda Black, Ringo Madlingozi and Bongeziwe Mabandla.

    ALSO READ: National Arts Festival 2022: Eight shows to expect in Makhanda [photos]


    National Arts Festival chief executive officer, Monica Newton, says a lot has changed since the festival’s last live event in 2019. 

    “We are heartened by the enthusiasm for the live festival and bookings are starting to come in fast,” added Newton. 

    “One of the realities we, along with the performing arts community, face is the 50% capacity rule in our venues. This will mean fewer seats and fewer tickets as well as less revenue for artists and the Festival. It’s going to take a while for us all to get back to ‘normal’ but we are making a strong start.” 


    In addition to the 50% capacity, the festival has been designed to allow for more time between shows to ensure mask-wearing and sanitising protocols are followed precisely.

    For the first time ever, tickets for the festival will be paperless and all tickets bought through the festival’s online ticketing system can be displayed on a phone or tablet. 

    Festival favourites like the Village Green, will be a lively space with plenty of crafters and delicious food stalls. The popular free Sundowner Concerts will be a daily fixture and the Monument will be abuzz with shows, concerts and exhibitions as well as restaurants and kiosks. 

    ALSO READ: National Arts Festival 2022: Here’s a taste of what to expect


    The recent upgrades, which have been supported by the National Arts Council, have transformed the Power Station venue into a permanent home for creatives and performers who will be showcasing at the National Arts Festival. 

    Take a look at the full schedule for the festival here 

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