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The streets of Grahamstown will again come alive with spectacular PUBLIC ART performances and exhibitions in public spaces. Following the success of the 2010 Festival, this year’s Festival will once again open and close with Move Your Mind, a street parade featuring a spectacle of enthusiastic giant puppets, the Phezulu Stilt walkers, the drumbeats of the Sakhaluntu dancers and drummers and physically trained and acrobatic artists from the Oddbody Collective. Members of the public are invited to join in with enthusiasm and a keen sense of frivolity as the throng of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, street acrobats and youth theatre projects parade down the streets of Grahamstown.

The South African premiere of Machitun, devised as an outdoor spectacle for the whole family will wow with flying bouncing acrobats, ethereal dance, aerial battles, the beat of many drums and the soaring harmonies of feminine voices, set against a dramatic backdrop of shadow and light, rain and fire. With direction by Argentine Javier Drucaroff, creator of the shows Doble Banda and Ritual, choreography and performance by Cirque du Soleil selected acrobat Pablo Descoubes, musical direction and score by the renowned Ernesto Romeo and guest-starring some of SA´s top musicians. Machitun has been designed and created for the National Arts Festival by Proyecto 34°S, with a team of professionals artists from Argentina and South Africa, with support from the Argentine Foreign Office.

Funded by Culture Ireland, A Fairies Tale is a promenade theatrical performance piece. Suitable for the entire family. Set in the idyllic Makana Botanical Garden it is an adventure about finding out who or what is hiding out in some of the best-known children's stories of all time. This show depends on the walk and the audience follows the characters through the garden dancing, running and walking.

Loosely adapted from the Antoine De Saint Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Tshini Kwedini! takes the audience on a journey of a local herds boy who, tired of living in his tiny village and wanting to make a difference in the world, sets out on an adventure to far-away places in search of his destiny. With song, dance, clowning, music, stilts, juggling, acrobatics, and other circus tricks, this family event has something in it for everyone. Tshini Kwedini! is a local development initiative of the National Arts Festival and OddBody Theatre.

Commissioned by the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the 7 x 14m Bottle Top Mosaic is a public artwork conceptualized by Hannelie Coetzee and Usha Seejarim of Such Initiative, made up of over 90 000 discarded plastic bottle tops. The work took 10 weeks to produce. At its peak there were 8 community centres, 140 children, 30 disabled adults, 31 crafters and the Such Initiative management team actively cleaning and weaving the bottle tops into a cohesive artwork.

 
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