Go to Grahamstown National Arts Festival with Greyhound

 In Routes, Grahamstown

It is that time of the year where Makhanda (Grahamstown) comes alive! That time of year where the weird, the wild, the wonderful, the magical and the fantastical breathe life into this small Eastern Cape town. The 45th annual National Arts Festival is taking place from the 27 June – 7 July 2019 and is the arts festival of the year to attend.

Our Grahamstown stops are located at the Frontier Hotel and Rhodes University’s Kimberley Hall. So, whether you are travelling to Grahamstown from Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town and surrounds, be sure to book your Greyhound bus ticket to start your journey into the world of the arts, the place where imagination comes to life.

Our Routes

Our routes to Grahamstown from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town are all operated by the Greyhound Dreamliner. So not only will you be heading to the festival of the year, you will be doing so in luxury, safety and comfort

Johannesburg to Grahamstown

Departing from Johannesburg Park Station at 17h45, this route travels via Vanderbijlpark, Welkom, Bloemfontein, Queenstown, King Williams Town and Peddi to name a few. Fares from R450 (luxury) and R600 (premium). Take a look at all our stops along the way- https://www.greyhound.co.za/pretoria-johannesburg-bloemfontein-port-elizabeth/

Durban to Grahamstown

Departing from our Durban Station at 07:00, this route travels via Kokstad, Mount Frere, Umtata, Butterworth, East London and King Williamstown. Fares from R590 (luxury) and R740 (premium). Take a look at all our stops along the way- https://www.greyhound.co.za/durban-port-elizabeth-cape-town/

Cape Town to Grahamstown

Departing from Cape Town Long Distance Bus Facility, Operator 4, Old Marine Drive at 18h45pm and arriving in Grahamstown Kimberley Hall at 08:50 am the following day this route goes via Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth. Fares are from R500 (luxury) and R650 (Premium). Take a look at all our stops along the way – https://www.greyhound.co.za/cape-town-port-elizabeth-durban/

About Grahamstown Arts Festival

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For the last 45 years young artists, performers, dancers, actors, poets, musicians and comedians have flocked to the National Arts Festival to showcase their talents. The festival attracts people from all over the world and with hundreds of local and international shows on the programme this year and the theme of reflecting on identity, this will be one for the books!

There is so much variety to choose from so below is a list of highly recommended shows not to miss out on!

  • Highly Recommended Shows at Grahamstown National Arts Festival


  1. Going Back to the Truth of Space” is described by Kitty Phetla as “a work that fuses dance and jazz. This is a tribute to the divine lineage of souls who occupy, inform and influence the spaces of these artists and their work.”


  1. The Drankensburg Boys Choir – “Audiences will be entertained with a wide variety of hauntingly beautiful music. The programme will include works to satisfy musical connoisseurs as well as arrangements of chart-topping pop songs and gospel numbers.” NAF


  1. All Who Pass is brought to the festival by this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Amy Jeptha. This story explores displacement “as a family spend their last night together in their District Six home – and a 2019 restitution, in which a daughter returns to claim her inheritance and exorcise the ghosts of what took place there; a journey that will bring her back to a landscape of memories, past and present.” NAF


  1. PINK MON€Y (dance)” a collaboration of South African and Swiss artists. It tells the story of “the cash spent by LGBTIQ+ tourists on travel so that they can spend their holidays in ‘safe’ spaces. ‘Pink money’ is the currency with which you can buy tolerance, provided you have the necessary cash.” NAF


  1. I Am Somebody” (performing arts) a high tech musical innovation from Swedish theatre group Sirquis Alfons. Described as a “A lyrical, sharp-edged, apocalyptic music-theatre piece, interpreted on a rich visual canvas, with haunting choreography, soaring vocals, rap, opera and live electronica.” NAF


So If you are heading down to the cultural heartbeat of the Eastern Cape this June, be sure to book your Greyhound bus ticket as soon as possible not to miss out!

To book your bus ticket, visit any of our Greyhound Terminals, visit www.greyhound.co.za or call our Call Centre on 011 611 800 or 087 352 0352.

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