- Call for 2011 National Arts Fest proposals

- Call for 2011 National Arts Fest proposals

Following a steady overall growth of 8,4% this year which was achieved at the same time while the biggest sporting event was being staged in South Africa, the National Arts Festival continues to ride in full gear.

The call-out has been launched for proposals for performances and exhibitions for the Main programme of next year’s 37th edition of the Festival. Next year’s festival will be held from 30th June to 9th July 2011. “We are looking for new and compelling work that raises the bar on excellence and innovation in the performing arts, visual arts and cross-disciplinary arts,” said Festival Director Ismail Mahomed.

A Festival Committee comprising of specialists in the various art genres will review all the proposals. Recommendations will be made to the Festival Director who will compile a programme that continues to reflect the Festival’s mission of being a leader in presenting the broadest representation of South African art forms over ten days.

Written proposals must include the following:

Background of the institution, artist or promoter submitting the proposal;

A narrative description of the production / performance /exhibition;

Brief narrative biographies of the principal artists;

An artistic statement motivating why the work should be presented at the Festival in 2011; and

A preliminary budget.

The following supporting materials must also be included with the proposal:

Theatre: a play-script or script in progress;

Music: CD / DVD;

Dance/Physical Theatre: DVD / Video;

Visual art/exhibitions: a portfolio (if applicable) or full details of the exhibition that is being proposed.

Performance art/cross disciplinary art: CD/DVD and any other materials that will support the proposal.

Proposals for genres which are not listed above must include samples of previous works and as much detail as possible so that the Festival Committee have all the relevant information on which to base their recommendations.

Detailed written proposals with all the relevant supporting materials must reach the Festival Director no later than Friday 19 August 2010. Please check detailed requirements for individual disciplines on the website, http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za Written proposals can be delivered in one of the following ways: Fax: 046 622 3082; E-mail:ismail@nationalartsfestival.co.za; Post: PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa.

The Festival Director is available for consultation for further guidelines about submitting proposals for the Main programme. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Ismail Mahomed by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by telephone at +27 (0)46 603 1103.

The deadline for registration on the Fringe is 28 January 2011. Details about registering for the Fringe will be released at a later date.

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