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Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2017

Posted on February 7, 2017.

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count - dealers, collectors, curators, agents, critics and the like. For art lovers, they offer the opportunity to view a cross section of the contemporary art market under one roof or space. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2017.

SOUTH AFRICAN ANTIQUE, ART & DESIGN ASSOCIATION (SAADA) EXPO

The South African Antique, Art & Design Association hosts annual three-day expos around South Africa and showcase various artworks, antiques, old and new, as well as the latest design.

CAPE TOWN
Time of year: 17 - 19 February 2017.
Location: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG
Time of year: 27 - 29 October 2017
Location: The Wanderers Club, 21 North Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

Website: www.saada.co.za

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.

Time of year: 17 - 19 February 2017.
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Website: www.capetownartfair.co.za

ART AFRICA FAIR

The ART AFRICA FAIR is structured around a dynamic curatorial programme with an open call for participation to artists and gallerists. Unlike other commercial fairs, our curatorial model favours an alternative, museum-styled exhibition experience that invites artists and gallerists to propose work that provokes alternate artistic visions of the continent, as defined by individual, lived experiences.

Time of year: 24 February - 5 March 2017
Location: Jubilee Hall, Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Website: www.artafricafair.com

SU WOORDFEES

The University of Stellenbosch Woordfees is a celebration of language in various forms and contexts - such as poetry, debate, dram, music and visual art. The focus is on Afrikaans, as well as African and Dutch inspired influences.

Time of year: 3 - 12 March 2017.
Location: Stellenbosch
Website: www.woordfees.co.za

INFECTING THE CITY

Infecting The City (ITC) provides an unusual opportunity for visual art, music, dance and performance to leave the confines of theatres and galleries to engage with or disrupt Cape Town's daily movements. The Festival's programme challenges audiences, shifts perspectives and helps to make sense of the public spaces we occupy.

Time of year: 5 - 8 April 2017
Location: Cape Town
Website: www.infectingthecity.com

KLEIN KAROO NASIONALE KUNSTEFEES(KKNK)

The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees is an Afrikaans language arts festival that takes place yearly in the South African town of Oudtshoorn.

The festival includes both the visual and the performing arts and is officially recognized by the South African government as a national arts festival.

Time of year: 8 - 15 April 2017
Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
Website: www.kknk.co.za

AFRIKABURN

© Jonx Pillemer

AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance.

Time of year: 24 - 30 April 2017
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: 13 - 14 May 2017
Location: Nirox Sculpture Foundation, Cradle of Humankind
Website: www.wintersculpturefair.co.za

HERMANUS FYNARTS FESTIVAL

Hermanus Fynarts is an initiative of Hermanus Tourism and features various events at various venues in Hermanus - from local art galleries and church halls in the town centre to wine farms up the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Each year, the festival celebrates the contribution of immigrants to South African culture and this year will celebrate the French connection. A highlight of the festival includes the Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition featuring various sculptures by South African artists exhibited along the coastal pathway.

Time of year: 9 - 18 June 2017
Location: Hermanus
Website: www.hermanusfynarts.co.za

INNIBOS ARTS FESTIVAL

Held in Nelspruit annually, Innibos Kunstefees encompasses a broad spectrum of cultural aspects, including art, theatre, music and food.

Time of year: 5 - 8 July 2017.
Location: Nelspruit
Website: www.innibos.co.za

THE GRAHAMSTOWN NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Held in the small university town 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: 29 June - 9 July 2017.
Location: Grahamstown
Website: www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

VRYFEES

© Leopold Frechow

The Vrystaat Arts Festival | Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures.

Time of year: 18 - 22 July 2017
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: 13 - 16 July 2017
Location: Turbine Hall, 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: 31 August - 3 September 2017
Location: Kimberley
Website: www.gariepfees.co.za

FNB JOBURG ART FAIR

The FNB Joburg Art Fair, will continue to attract a wide audience and create a platform for dialogue and exchange. The fair spearheads a diverse 'Joburg Art Week' with various events happening around the city from open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates.

Time of year: 8 - 10 September 2017
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Website: www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za

AARDKLOP NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

The Aardklop National Arts Festival (Aardklop directly translated is 'Earth Beat') is a celebration of Afrikaans arts and culture, with numerous shows taking place all across the town of Potchefstroom.

Attracting a crowd of around 150,000, the festival provides a platform for both up-and-coming and established artists to showcase their talents from visual arts, fairytale plays, stand-up comedy to boeremusiek.

Time of year: 2 - 8 October 2017
Location: Potchefstroom
Website: www.potchfees.co.za



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