The National Arts Festival Experience Is Coming

The National Arts Festival Experience expands on our 48-year-old Festival to reignite the arts and bring performances closer to you than ever.

We are pleased to announce a return to the live stage in our home town with Makhanda Live! The heart of the National Arts Festival Experience, it’s an 11-day live festival that will be smaller and more intimate than before but also provide the ground zero to reignite the arts.

The Online National Arts Festival continues to bring exciting and accessible online work to audiences across the globe and we can also share that, for the first time ever, we are bringing works to towns and cities in South Africa with a limited selection of shows called Standard Bank Presents.

What To Expect

Navigating the National Arts Festival Experience

  • 7 June – National Arts Festival Experience Programme released
  • 17 June – July 4 – Standard Bank Presents live shows in cities
  • 8 – 18 July – National Arts Festival Makhanda Live
  • July – National Arts Festival Online

What You Can Look Forward To

The National Arts Festival Experience will deliver a programme with punch in times that are urgent, challenging and ever-changing. Be a part of this important moment of the arts in South Arica and make your bookings when the programme is announced on 7 June 2021.

The 2020 Standard Bank Young Artists will be performing live in Makhanda and on the Festival’s Amazing Stages programme

The Eastern Cape Showcase highlights the extraordinary talent of this culturally rich province – In Makhanda and elsewhere

The Standard Bank Jazz Festival is happening live and online, accessible across Africa and the world

The live Village Green returns in Makhanda

The 2021 Standard Bank Young Artists will be announce at the Festival in Makhanda

Massed choir Masicule will be performed in an outdoor setting in Makhanda

The Standard Bank Ovation Awards will be broadcast from Makhanda as the live Festival closes


By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: