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Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2018

Posted on 18 January 2018

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 2018.


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: 16 - 18 February 2018.
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Website: www.capetownartfair.co.za


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.

The festival theme for this year is 100% - a theme that fully describes the enthusiasm and dedication of the Woordfees team.

Time of year: 2 - 11 March 2018.
Location: Stellenbosch
Website: www.woordfees.co.za


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.

In 2018, the festival terrain moves to the more centrally located Oudtshoorn and Vrede Street Sport Grounds.

Time of year: 29 March - 4 April 2018
Location: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
Website: www.kknk.co.za


A first ever arts festival for Parys and the first arts festival in S.A. to cross two provinces.

The festival is organised by the Parys Kunste Korps (Art Corps) a representative organization for artists from Parys and the surrounding areas.

The festival aims to uplift local artists and highlight Parys as an art destination. Artworks and shows will be hosted by various venues throughout Parys to encourage tourism to the area.

The festival will be all-inclusive concerning the various art forms and artists. As such the festival aims to promote amongst others painting, sculpting, ceramics, dance, music, drama, theatre, photography and many more.

Time of year: 29 March - 15 April 2018
Location: Parys, Free State
Website: www.parysartsfestival.co.za


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: 23 - 29 April 2018
Location: Tankwa, The Karoo
Website: www.afrikaburn.com


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: 12 - 13 May 2018
Location: Nirox Sculpture Foundation, Cradle of Humankind
Website: www.wintersculpturefair.co.za


Artwork by Hannalie Coetzee

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: 8 - 17 June 2018
Location: Hermanus
Website: www.hermanusfynarts.co.za


Artwork by Maurice Mbikayi

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

Time of year: 27 - 30 June 2018.
Location: Nelspruit
Website: www.innibos.co.za


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 National Arts Festival Fringe is the continent's largest open-access stage and one of the world's iconic arts events.

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: 28 June - 8 July 2018.
Location: Grahamstown
Website: www.nationalartsfestival.co.za


The Free State Arts Festival is an Afrikaans language festival that combines creative forces between English and Sotho cultures. We contribute to the exchange of ideas about arts, culture and society through relationships with other national and international creative communities.

Time of year: 8 - 14 July 2018.
Location: Bloemfontein, Free State.
Website: www.vrystaatkunstefees.co.za


The Turbine Art Fair, South Africa's largest art fair by audience number, is hosted in the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown and focuses on new work, the promotion of emerging South African artists and exhibiting affordable artworks under R50 000.

Time of year: 12 - 15 July 2018
Location: Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg
Website: www.turbineartfair.co.za


The FNB JoburgArtFair is Africa's leading art fair focused on contemporary art from the continent and diaspora. Now in its tenth year, it continues to strengthen this position by presenting the finest of contemporary African art alongside memorable exhibitions and groundbreaking initiatives.

Special features include a series of curated Special Projects, a VIP Programme, Talks Programme and the FNB Art Prize ? a major opportunity for an artist to realise a new work at the Fair.

The fair also spearheads a diverse 'Joburg Art Week' with various events happening around the city from open studios, gallery openings, workshops and debates.

Time of year: 6 - 9 September 2018
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Website: www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za

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