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Since its early days in the 1970s, the Grahamstown Festival has pulled in the crowds and for 11 days every July, the town is turned upside down. That’s not to say the Grahamstown residents are complaining; business booms and this sleepy Eastern Cape town comes alive to the many forms of art presented to appreciative audiences.
Today the Grahamstown Festival is known as the National Arts Festival, a well-sponsored event that takes in all art forms, from street performances to big stage productions. The festival is the largest of its kind on the continent. In fact, there are two festivals that run concurrently; the main festival is a programmed event with featured performers chosen through a selection process, while the fringe festival provides unknown artists with a platform to present their work. Fringe performers are required to pay their own way including venue hire, and a percentage of profits are handed over to the organisers.
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For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.