Breaking into the conversation: cultural value and the role of the South African National Arts Festival from apartheid to democracy

  title={Breaking into the conversation: cultural value and the role of the South African National Arts Festival from apartheid to democracy},
  author={J. D. Snowball and A. C. M. Webb},
  journal={International Journal of Cultural Policy},
  pages={149 - 164}
The paper examines the value of the South African National Arts Festival (NAF) in the transition to democracy using theories of cultural capital. NAF history from 1974 to 2004 is used to argue that the Festival provided an important arena for the expression of political resistance in the 1980s and, to some degree, continues to do so today. It is concluded that an important part of the value of the arts is their ability to provide a forum for debating the goals and values of society and that… 
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