Local children line the streets of Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. You can’t miss them – they are everywhere. Their faces are painted white with a mixture of chalk and water; some are wearing absurd outfits, wigs, boxes on their heads, colourful glasses or striking dresses; no movement, they are standing absolutely still. At their feet a small container holding small change can be seen. A tourist walks by and drops a R2 coin in one of the containers. The child does a short but energetic dance performance.
Every year the children of Grahamstown join in on the festival fun by dressing up and entertaining festival goers. The following photos are a few shots of some of the children seen at this year’s festival.