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Festival of Art - A guide to 2015 South African Art Fairs and Festivals

Posted on February 5, 2015.

Art fairs and festivals are changing the way art, bought, sold and viewed by both wealthy art buyers and art appreciators alike. Artcoza took a look at what 2015 art fairs has to offer.

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

Cape Town Art Fair is South Africa's new exhibition of Contemporary Art. It is an exhibition of works for purchase, and is set to be the nation's leading showcase for contemporary art with price points below R50,000. On view will be an array of artworks made in traditional media: paintings, drawings and sculptures. Also available will be fresh artworks in photography, print and ceramics. Cape Town Art Fair is an exhibition concept that proposes a lifestyle experience.

Time of year: 26 February - 1 March 2015
Location: V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Website: www.capetownartfair.co.za

GUILD INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FAIR

More than just a fair for beautiful objects, GUILD represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking design.The five-day event feautures solo shows of large-scale sculptural works by Kendell Geers and Conrad Botes, amongst others.

Time of year: 25 February - 1 March 2015
Location: Cape Town
Website: www.guilddesignfair.com

THAT ART FAIR

A new addition to the art fair scene, That Art Fair is an iniative by Art South Africa. The fair presents a curated and affordable art fair event providing a platform for African artists who work under the radar of the traditional art establishment and who do things a little differently featuring comic art, fashion exhibitions and graffiti murals.

Time of year: 27 February - 1 March 2015
Location: Cape Town
Website: www.thatartfair.com

INFECTING THE CITY

Infecting The City (ITC) is a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival that strives to bring exceptional, socially-engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town's Central Business District – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone.

Time of year: 9 - 14 March 2015
Location: Cape Town
Website: www.infectingthecity.com

KLEIN KAROO NASIONALE KUNSTEFEES (KKNK)

Translated as the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, KKNK was originally established as an Afrikaans alternative to the well-known Grahamstown Festival, proudly representing Afrikaans culture across the spectrum of art, music, theatre and dance. Although tagged as an Afrikaans Festival, it has developed into an inclusive performing arts offering, catering for both the Afrikaans and English communities.

Time of year: 3 - 11 April 2015
Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
Website: www.absakknk.co.za

AFRIKABURN

Photograph by Sean Furlong

Afrika Burn is based on The Burning Man festival held in the United States. which grew out of a loose grouping of individuals and organisations who questioned, and continue to question mainstream, highly commercialised society and what it does to the notion and workings of community. In a nutshell, it's about radical self-expression.

Time of year: 27 April - 3 May 2015
Location: Tankwa, The Karoo
Website: www.afrikaburn.com

WINTER SCULPTURE FAIR

The Winter Sculpture Fair offers a day of contemporary art combined with the best food and wine in the country - the perfect excuse to get out of the city, and spend the day in one of Gauteng's most spectacular outdoor venues.

Time of year: 9 - 10 May 2015
Location: Nirox Sculpture Foundation, Cradle of Humankind
Website: www.wintersculpturefair.co.za

THE GRAHAMSTOWN NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Picture by Marius Janse van Rensburg

Held in the small university city of Grahamstown, the National Arts Festival consists of a Main and Fringe programme both administered by the National Arts Festival Office. The programme comprises drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, tours (of the city and surrounding historic places) and a children’s arts festival.

Time of year: 2 - 12 July 2015
Location: Grahamstown
Website: www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

VRYFEES

Formerly the Volksblad Arts Festival, this is a lovely festival with lots of live shows, stage productions, art market with lots of stalls.

Time of year: 13 - 18 July 2015
Location: Bloemfontein, Free State
Website: www.vryfees.co.za

THE TURBINE ART FAIR

The Turbine Art Fair is hosted in the raw and industrial Turbine Hall venue in the heart of the Newtown cultural precinct. The fair focuses on new work, the promotion of emerging South African artists and exhibiting affordable artworks, placing emphasis on quality and innovation.

Time of year: 16 - 19 July 2015
Location: Newtown, Johannesburg
Website: www.turbineartfair.co.za

GARIEP KUNSTEFEES

The Gariep Kunstefees (arts festival) features an impressive line-up of local musicians, a film festival showcasing South Africa's new film-makers, as well as art exhibitions and children's theatre.

Time of year: 27 - 30 August 2015
Location: Kimberley
Website: www.gariepfees.co.za

FNB JOBURG ART FAIR

Over the past seven years, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the first international art fair on the continent, has played a leading role in supporting contemporary art with a pan-African focus. The Art Fair has become an important place for the continent's artists, curators, collectors, writers and art lovers to congregate.

Time of year: 11 - 13 September 2015
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Website: www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za

ARTS ALIVE

Arts Alive features a heady mix of dance, visual art, poetry and music at various venues around Johannesburg's inner city.

Time of year: August - September
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Website: www.artsalive.co.za

AARDKLOP ARTS FESTIVAL

Aardklop Arts Festival offers a feast of arts and an all-round good jol for five days in late September and early October. First held in 1998, Aardklop - Afrikaans roughly translated as "earth beat" - has over 90 productions, with classical music, jazz, hard rock, cabaret, visual arts, theatre, circus performances, opera, African and World music, poetry and more, ending with the OppiAarde rock festival on the final day.

Time of year: 6 - 10 October 2015
Location: Potchefstroom
Website: www.cloveraardklop.co.za

CITY OF GOLD URBAN ART FESTIVAL

The City Of Gold Urban Art Festival aims to establish Johannesburg as a destination for graffiti and street artists from around the world and assist the development of the local graffiti/street art community. In addition to this the festival seeks to highlight the positive aspects of this art form as well as involving the general public to create a heightened awareness and appreciation for it.

Time of year: October
Location: Johannesburg
Website: www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za


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