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Planning a flawless trip to the National Arts Festival
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Winter is coming and all roads will soon lead to the culture bowl of Grahamstown for the 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival and other festivities at the National Arts Festival. Whether you take a train, plane, car, or hop on a bus with friends, the first thing you need to do is to plan your trip to this special art-filled town that turns into Jazztown and all things amazing during the National Arts Festival.  

You first need to decide what kind of shindig this is going to be. Are you visiting the arts festival  on a budget or will you set yourself up in the lap of luxury?  

The university town of Grahamstown knows how to receive all types of travellers, which makes planning for the perfect trip easy. You may choose to stay at one of the many dandy B&Bs, hotels or get your digs at the Rhodes University students’ residences, which are highly affordable. Besides, if all you need is a warm bed and shower they don’t come any cheaper and more convenient.

When it comes to clothing, consult your Weather App for a weekly forecast and then be sure to layer. The nights are freezing cold and the days are sunny and mild to warm. The National Arts Festival programme has been announced and you can download it from the festival website and decide which shows you would like to attend.

By purchasing tickets early you can be sure you’ll have a seat in one of the many brilliant shows that will sell out during the festival. Standard Bank card holders qualify for a 20% discount on tickets (subject to terms and conditions), more info is available on in Grahamstown be sure to visit the Standard Bank Village Green Fair with its top quality crafters, traders and food vendors. You should give yourself a few hours daily to explore and be entertained by the talented street artists that come to Grahamstown each year for NAF. Children will be occupied by activities such as puppet shows and clowning.  

The National Arts Festival caters for everyone. The program consists of comedy, popular music, opera, world class jazz, theatre, dance and visual arts. The festival slogan is 11 Days of Amazing and we promise you 11 Days of Amazing it will be!   

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