National Arts Festival to tempt those on South Africa holidays?

Individuals who are in South Africa and looking to experience a bit of culture should make their way to the National Arts Festival.

The event, which is running until July 10th and is located in Grahamstown, could be perfect for those on South Africa holidays.

The 2011 version has already proved to be more popular than its predecessor, with a six per cent increase in ticket sales recorded during the first four days.

Festival chief executive officer Tony Lankester noted attendances have been up on both 2009 and 2010 levels.

"We look forward to a great second half and with thousands of performances still to come, we encourage those who aren't here to make a snap decision to join us," he added.

Among the highlights of the celebration are Isingqala & Amafongkon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Auriol Hays: Behind Closed Doors, while Neil Coppen has picked up the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama.