The Vrystaat Arts Festival, formerly known as “Die Volksblad Kunste-fees,” is marking its 23rd anniversary with a vibrant celebration of creativity and cultural exchange.
The festival, which aims to provide a platform for national and international works, has been instrumental in supporting numerous artists in the creative industry.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival’s Director, Michael Garbett, expresses determination to continue their mission. Garbett acknowledges the widespread impact of the pandemic, but emphasises their new strategy of bringing people back to theatres and stalls.
He notes the importance of harnessing the focus on rebuilding and creating a successful festival experience.
With ample food, captivating art, crafts, and diverse merchandise, attendees were treated to a myriad of choices. The pleasant winter breeze did not deter festival-goers from immersing themselves in the joyful and festive atmosphere.
For young musicians, the festival provides a valuable opportunity to showcase their talents and unlock their potential. Performers from the Saints Music Academy expressed their delight at engaging with a live crowd and the unforgettable experience of sharing their music with enthusiastic listeners.
The Vrystaat Arts Festival prides itself on inclusivity, with people from various races and age groups coming together in the heart of Mangaung.
The event continues to serve as a vital economic booster for Bloemfontein, promoting local businesses and attracting visitors from near and far.
As the festival celebrates its 23rd year, it stands as a testament to the power of art, unity, and community engagement, providing a platform for creativity to flourish while contributing to the cultural and economic fabric of the region.