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On Saturday 4 July, two middle-aged men were overheard discussing sex workers while standing near the Frontier Hotel taxi rank. “I found two young girls in Durban. They’re willing to come and work during Festival,” one man said. His companion looked anxious. “Don’t worry – they’re fresh; not like the girls from Point Road. They’ll be given clean clothes. Their appearance will be taken care of.”

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A rosti cut into small bites to accommodate all 9 sauces. Photo: Kelly Frielinghaus.

Village Green veteran Roger Kaiser owns and runs Kaiser Kartoffel, food stall he’s had for 22 years.  He is so comfortable on this turf that he starts interviewing me.

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Grahamstown business owners say Festival attendance is down a bit from last year. “This year is worse than last year. It’s better than normal, but we have targets and we are not meeting them every day,” says Spur spokesperson Wendy Brand.

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Iconic South African satirist Peter-Dirk Uys in his show, "A part Hate A Part Love" at the Guy Butler Theatre in Grahamstown on 5 July 2015 at the 2015 National arts Festival. The Satirical show which celebrated the 70th Bbirthday of Uys's most famous character, Evita Bezuidenhout, recied a standing ovation from a capacity audience. (Photo: CuePix / Jeff Stretton-Bell)

Cue Pix photographers have been roaming the streets and stages of Grahamstown in search of moments suitable for social media site Instagram. Various photographers captured these portraits on 7 July.

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“I love dick and I love getting f*cked,” Thabang, one of four gay Jozi twentysomethings in Chomi tells the audience. “Do you have a problem with that? Then f*ck you.”

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Alon Nashman from Theaturtle/Threshold, Richard Jordan Productions, performs in ‘Kafka and Son’ at St. Andrew’s Hall, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, 07 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival.  ‘Kafka and Son’ was adapted from Franz Kafka’s ‘Letters To his father’ by mark Cassady and alon Nashman. It was choreographed by Claudia Moore and Directed by Mark Cassady. Photo: CuePix/Pearla Berg.

In November 1919, at the age of 36, Franz Kafka wrote a letter to his father, Hermann, describing at length and in tragic detail the many ways in which their relationship had harmed him. He gave the letter to his mother, Julie, to pass on; she refused and returned it to him. The 47-page letter eventually found its way to Kafka’s friend Max Brod, who inherited the author’s manuscripts after his death in 1924, and published it 22 years later. This bit of literary history forms the basis of Mark Cassidy and Alon Nashman’s superb Kafka and Son.

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Evita Bezuidenhout arriving at 1820 Settlers Monument for the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 
(Photo: CuePix/Sithasolwazi Kentane)

Looking more like Angela Merkel than her heroine Marlene Dietrich, Bambi Kellerman took to the Guy Butler Theatre stage yesterday for a bit of late-afternoon pizazz. Kellerman, Pieter-Dirk Uys’s cabaret befok alter ego and younger sibling of Evita Bezuidenhout, described her stage routine as “heavy breathing with storytelling”. It was a fair assessment.

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Ofentse Motsamai and Sinovuyo Sebakeng appear in Boy: A Note
To A Generation. Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo

Every now and again at the Festival when you have a moment to kill, you take your chances with a production that was not part of your plans, or even on your radar. Sometimes this gamble pays off; more often it doesn’t. With Boy: A Note to a Generation I can happily say that my experience was the former.

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Tony Miyambo performing in The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri at the Hangar in Grahamstown on 7 July 2015, at the 2015 National Festival. The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri is a Wits Theatre Production directed by Gerard Bester (Photo: CuePix/Hlumela Mkabile)

William Harding is all over this Festival but not really out front. As a writer, he not only scripted the hugely successful Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof, but is also listed as the dramaturg for Tony Miyambo’s beautiful solo theatre piece, The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, created by Miyambo and his director, Gerard Bester.

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Abbas Ma-azu, a Ghanian trader specialising in handbags.
Photo: Sihle Nthembu

The corner of High Street and Somerset is a melting pot of African tongues. Here, under the shadow of the Drostdy Arch, lies an informal arts and craft market that stretches from Albany Natural Sciences Museum to the Rhodes Art School Gallery. This is a place where Kiswahili mingles with Shona, and isiXhosa dances with Akan.

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