about the
Vrystaat Kunstefees

Welcome to the Vrystaat Arts Festival, one of the key arts festivals on the African continent that has been offering national and international work in a range of genres for the past 21 years. The festival’s vision is centred on the principle of ‘One festival, many stories,’ with its mission to support the development and presentation of great art in the Free State for all.

The festival is the first and only South African cultural entity to follow Khoi-San protocol, recognising the First Nations people and traditional owners of the land in public platforms and the festival programme. The festival boasts 9 initiatives that focus on innovative art, literature, dance, health, exchange and marketplaces.


founding sponsors


project sponsors

collaborating partners

Coca Cola • Drostdyhof • PWC • NALN • ER24 • Qala PhelengTala (QPT/Start Living Green) • Department Drama &Theatre Arts, UFS • Modern art projects (Map) South Africa • Oliewenhuis Art Museum • SA Print Group • Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, UFS • Anglo- Boereoorlogmuseum • Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State • International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) • Well Lived/Erwin Maas • Connecting Dots • ASSITEJ South Africa • William Humphreys Art Gallery • Mary Mofana, Roodewal • urbanflow creative, UK • Woordfees • KKNK • Innibos • Aardklop • Suidoosterfees • Students Arts and Culture, University of the Free State • Department of Fine Arts, University of the Free State Elite Tents • Van Rensburg Patoloe & Lancet • Opening Act • Peppermossie • BON Hotel • Theatrerocket • Van Rensburg Patoloë & Lancet Laboratoriums • ER24 • Bloemfonteinse Besigheidskamer • Faculty of Theology and Religion, UFS • Mediclinic • Clear Image

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Nelson Mandela Avenue 79,
Bloemfontein, 9301

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