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Grahamstown Festival concerned about DTI funding proposals

In its newly proposed amendments, the National Lottery Board will now prioritise sports and charities.

FILE: Dance SBYA winner Fana Tshabalala performs in CARGO. Picture: National Arts Festival Grahamstown Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Organisers of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown have warned that draft regulations for the National Lottery Board pose a threat to the country's arts sector.

The amendments, published by the Department of Trade and Industry, want the lottery to prioritise sports and charities over arts in the next two years.

Africa's largest and most colorful cultural event, has hosted a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment with more than 500 shows for more than two decades.

The festival's CEO Tony Lankester said, "It's a bit of a mixed bag. On the first hand there is a genuine effort to try and fix things we all know is wrong with the lottery. The two errors are of absolute deep concern to the arts sector."

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