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Ep 2: "From the fringes to centre stage"

Every year, a small town with scarcely over 80 000 residents puts on a spectacle that few others on this continent, perhaps even the world, have managed to replicate.

In true David-meets-Goliath style, the National Arts Festival attracts more than 200 000 visitors, to more than 2 000 performances on a programme of more than 600 events.

2019 marks the 45th anniversary of the festival in the small city of Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown). In this episode, the African Storyteller team takes you on a road trip to and through the National Arts Festival in Makhanda.

“From the Fringes to Centre Stage” was produced while on location at the 2019 National Arts Festival.

Special thanks to:
The National Arts Festival committee, NAF media & PR team
Additional music and scenes taken from performances: Umthombo by Amandla Danca Teatro, KZN Youth Orchestra & Andrew Young, All Who Pass, Nduduzo Makhathini & Kitty Phetla, Makhanda Kwantu Choir, The Thunderbirds.

Series commissioned by: MultiChoice

Production team
Producers: Mzamo Moloi, Nevelia Moloi
Narrator: Mzamo Moloi
Script: Nevelia Moloi
Editor: Bongani Khoza
Voice audio engineer: Andrew Sutherland

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Minisode: Amy Jephta on ‘All Who Pass’, her new show at #NAF2019

The National Arts Festival is currently underway in Makhanda (previously known as Grahamstown).

In this minisode of African Storyteller we speak to Amy Jephta, award-winning playwright behind various plays and shows such as Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story, and now more recently the international series, Trackers.

Amy tells us about the inspiration behind All Who Pass, her featured show at this year's Arts Fest, directed by Quanita Adams.

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Ep 1: "Telling our stories, the way we want to"

Is it possible to get 10 years of work experience in just one year? Young film graduates who’ve been through the Magic in Motion Academy believe it is.

While many believe that a film degree alone can’t get you very far in a highly contested industry, the alumni of this Academy are flipping the script.

Through the Magic in Motion Academy, these African storytellers are telling the stories they want to, the way they want to.
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