Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2019
Posted on 18 January 2019
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. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2019.
SOUTH AFRICAN ANTIQUE, ART & DESIGN ASSOCIATION (SAADA) EXPO
South Africa's PREMIER selection of accredited Antique, Art & Design dealers. The very best Antiques, Art & 20th Century Design on offer at an intimate boutique-style affair.
NEW - Guided walkabouts: Friday at 11:00 and Saturday at 14:00.
Time of year: 14 - 17 February 2019
Location: The Avenue Conference Centre, 40 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR
Investec 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.
Time of year: 15 - 17 February 2019
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Artwork by Emma Willemse
The University of Stellenbosch Woordfees is a celebration of theatre, music, art, dance, discussion and poetry. The focus is on Afrikaans, as well as African and Dutch inspired influences.
Time of year: 1 - 10 March 2019
KLEIN KAROO NASIONALE KUNSTEFEES(KKNK)
The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees offers plenty of opportunities to experience the cream of the South African arts in various genres, disciplines and forms.
Now in its 25th year, the theme is Kultuurdier and features well-known and young upcoming artists in the visual and performing arts with 200 different shows on three different stages.
Time of year: 21 - 27 March 2019
Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
Artwork by Anthea Delmotte
AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of a community of volunteers who, once a year, gather in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance.
Time of year: 29 April - 5 May 2019
Location: Tankwa, The Karoo
WINTER SCULPTURE FAIR
Over a weekend, the acclaimed Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park is transformed into a contemporary art wonderland, with larger-than-life sculptures dotted across the landscape, combined with the best food and wine in the country.
Time of year: 11 - 12 May 2019
Location: Nirox Sculpture Foundation, Cradle of Humankind
HERMANUS FYNARTS FESTIVAL
Hermanus FynArts was launched in 2013 as an initiative of Hermanus Tourism. It 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.
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: 7 - 17 June 2019
INNIBOS ARTS FESTIVAL
InniBos is an iconic Afrikaans arts festival showcasing the best of Afrikaans music, theatre, and the arts in Nelspruit.
Time of year: 26 - 29 June 2019
THE GRAHAMSTOWN NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.
Starting at the end of June/beginning of July, it runs for 11 days and is held in the small university city of Makhanda (Grahamstown), which is situated in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth.
Time of year: 27 June - 7 July 2019
THE RMB TURBINE ART FAIR
The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a unique South African arts festival that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works in the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Time of year: 11 - 14 July 2019
Location: Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg
FNB JOBURG ART FAIR
As the first international art fair on the continent, the FNB JoburgArtFair plays a pivotal role in supporting the contemporary arts landscape in Africa. The Fair provides a space for leading artists, galleries, collectors, writers, thinkers and art lovers to congregate.
Time of year: 13 - 15 September 2019
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
AARDKLOP NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Artwork by Diane Victor
The Aardklop National Arts 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: 24 - 29 September 2019
INFECTING THE CITY
The longest running public arts festival in South Africa, Infecting the City (ITC) offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public spaces of Cape Town.
Infecting the City reimagines transport and shopping hubs, squares, gardens and public walkways as transformative stages, showcasing an array of multi-disciplinary art forms, and creating a platform for artworks that engage with historical and contemporary narratives relevant to the City and its people.
The Festival seeks to challenge audiences, transgress aesthetic and disciplinary boundaries, shift perspectives and help make sense of the public spaces we occupy.
Time of year: 25 - 30 November 2019
Location: Cape Town
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