Navigating the National Arts Festival can be a daunting task, even to seasoned Festival-goers. A number of different media companies cover Fest from every angle in order to make it easier on you. Not sure which shows to go to? Between Spotlight and Cue, we’ve got you covered.
What is Cue?
Cue Media is an independent media organisation that features online reviews and live up-to-date multimedia coverage of the National Arts Festival.
Cue started as a daily Festival newspaper in 1987 and has been a beloved part of the experience ever since. When funding constraints and the changing media landscape necessitated a shift, Cue went fully digital in 2017.
A project of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Cue features content created by journalism students and their mentors for online audiences.
“Cue is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences our students have all year,” says editor Kayla Roux. “Not only do they learn about working in a fast-paced newsroom, but they get a first-hand taste of the arts and start to develop their own journalistic voice.”
We use multimedia storytelling and interactive tools in the form of online videos, slideshows, virtual reality tours, audiocasts and interactive maps to engage with the Festival in new and interesting ways.
We review shows, engage with artists, provide social commentary, and produce fun and dynamic videos which gives a holistic view of the Festival.
“We do fun stories and useful lists that will appeal to a wide range of Festival-goers,” says Roux. “But we also cover the serious side of Festival with a critical eye – the politics of representation, the social impact, and the business of Fest are a few topics we cover.”
What is Spotlight?
Taking the place of Cue’s long-standing and much-beloved daily newspaper is new kid on the block, Spotlight. An all-new National Arts Festival daily supplement, Spotlight produced by the Port Elizabeth Herald. It hit the streets of Grahamstown for the first time today, Thursday 28 June, to mark the beginning of Festival.
Be sure to look out for the paper for sale by easy-to-spot street vendors and local shops. You can get your standalone copy for R4, or it will be available as a combo deal with your daily edition of The Herald.
The 12-page publication will include previews, profiles, news, reviews and pictures as well as “Fringe in 50” which is a daily catalogue of mini-reviews. “Our main function is to tell people who are in Grahamstown where to go, what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s happening,” explains Spotlight editor Brett Adkins.
For those of you who won’t be able to join us this year, never fear. Between Cue and The Herald, who will also be carrying news and reviews online, it will feel like you are here!