Festival now in full swing

2015-07-15 06:00

AMONG the multitudes of participants are from the left Zita Janse van Vuuren, Queen Thabangu and Thabiso Titi.  

Photo: Elsje Waldeck

AMONG the multitudes of participants are from the left Zita Janse van Vuuren, Queen Thabangu and Thabiso Titi. Photo: Elsje Waldeck

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THE 2015 Vrystaat Arts Festival (formerly known as the Vryfees) is in full swing.

The event started on Tuesday (14/07), following a colourful official launch on Sunday (12/07) in Bloemfontein.

Most of the events surrounding the festival are taking place at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein campus.

The festival launch also coincided with the White Horse project on Naval Hill. Multitudes of participants joined in the march from the Tweetoring Church to Naval Hill where the White Horse is situated. This is a historic formation of stones painted white to dipict a horse and can be seen from certain areas within the City of Roses.

The Vrystaat Arts Festival is the biggest annual arts festival in the Free State. It makes provision for over 50 shows that range from theater, film, music, dance and book festivals to visual arts.

This year’s is the 15th edition of the festival, celebrating diverse communities and cultures.

It features various South African and international talents in the arts industry.

Security has been tightened to ensure the safety of festival goers for the duration of the festival, which comes to a close on Saturday (18/07).

In the new logo “Arts Festival” and “Tsa-Botjhaba” is positioned with “Kunstefees”, but “Vrystaat” is retained in Afrikaans. While it continues to serve Afrikaans speakers in their language, English, Sotho and international productions and exchanges have also been included.

The main objective of the festival is to develop Bloemfontein into one of the key progressive, cultural hubs of Africa.

The Vrystaat Arts Festival also hosts a wide variety of stalls which sell a wide selection of products, ranging from fashion, beauty products, jewellery and accessories, to crafts, handmade products, photography and fine art, furniture, decor, home-made products and antiques, as well as gourmet food, wine, liqueur and dainty chocolates.

Visit the website www.vryfees.co.za. Book at computicket (www.computicket.co.za)

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