An exhibition of literature, artworks, and crafts by Free State authors and artists are part of the National Arts Festival, which is currently running.
This will take place through the provincial Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) in Makhanda, Eastern Cape.
According to MEC Limakatso Mahasa, the exhibition of local talent on a national platform forms part of a broader plan of bringing South Africans together. “There is growing international interest in the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities. This reaffirms the fact that there is a need to provide more resources to arts and culture programmes,” she said.
“Through arts and culture we continue to pursue the mandate entrusted upon us by the National Development Plan (NDP) Vision 2030: Transforming Society and Uniting the Country and to ensure the realization of social cohesion and nation building in our communities,” elaborated Mahasa.
There will also be a showcase of books written in indigenous languages through the WordFest Programme. “The National Arts Festival continues to attract audiences from a diverse linguistic and cultural background from across South Africa and the world because of its uniqueness. The department has ferried Free State authors, crafters, and artists to the National Festival in order to give them exposure to new audiences and gain new insights,” said department spokesperson Tankiso Zola.
The festival has been running since 27 June 2019 and will end on 07 July 2019. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele