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The National Arts Festival provides the opportunity for festivalgoers to cover themselves from head to toe in colourful, outrageous outfits. This wacky Wednesday, Amanda Murimba and Kate Maclean set out to find the most eccentric headgear at the Village Green – from beanies to helmets, to umbrellas.

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Cue Pix photographers have been roaming the streets and stages of Grahamstown in search of moments suitable for social media site Instagram.

The various photographers captured these portraits on 3 July.

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Saturday’s sunny activities opened with the Festival’s street parade in Joza Township and wrapped up with a cresendo of song, dance, drama and fireworks.

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Matthew Mole performing at St Aidan's to a full house. Photo: Kayla Lidstone

He’s the first South African artist to top the worldwide iTunes charts, yet this is his first year at the National Arts Festival. At only 22 years young, Matthew Mole is a rapidly rising riffmeister with equal measures of talent and humility. 

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Andries Mbali, Siphiwe Nkabinde, and Velephi Mnisi Khumalo in Kwela Bafana at the National Arts Festival Grahamstown, Friday 11 July 2014. Kwela Bafana+ pays homage to the distinctive, vibrant music of the 1950s; an era of vivacity and bravery in the face of forced removals and apartheid?s adversity. (Photo: CuePix/Gabriella Fregona)

Old favourites combined with new productions launched the final weekend push of Festival on Friday.  

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Festival audiences are sometimes more colourful than the art on show. Have a look at the out of the (dye) box hairstyles around the Village Green.

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The clouds and the cool damp weather may have sent the crowds inside at the Festival on Wednesday.  But everything from WordFest poetry to Divalicious singing kept things hot. 

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Joey the War Horse, a life-size puppet, stars in a public art exhibition held on Drostdy Lawns in Rhodes University.

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Every festival brings unique festival fashion inspired by the many clothes on sale at the Village Green. This year the bitter cold has lead hats, scarves, gloves and many other warm winter items to become extremely popular. So, if you want to fest up your wardrobe take a look at these  must-have items at this year’s  National Arts Festival.

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Whether it is debating the future of poetry in South Africa, re-imagining Hamlet or dining off a naked body, Tuesday’s festival offerings aimed to surprise and challenge.

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