Meet Pantsula Stilt Walkers Challenging SA’s Biggest Arts Festival

OKAYAFRICA | Nereya Otieno:

At the end of June and bleeding into July each year the city of Grahamstown plays host to around 50 different arts venues and performance spaces — transforming the city for the better part of two weeks into an international art haven. This 11-day period is known as the National Arts Festival (NAF). The yearly festival, started in 1974, is South Africa’s largest and grandest arts festival. A moving, breathing two-metre-tall giraffe parading around with a small, round, waddling counterpart was an unusual sight at this year’s festival. Upon seeing these anthropomorphized creatures, artists and festival-goers alike had no choice but to reflect on the festival and its intended purpose — like a petting zoo of consciousness… Read more

Image: Francois Knoetze