Arts not farts

myticketsIn 24 festivals, I have never been unable to get into a show.

Silly that, but still says something about access, and today after decades of dodgy behaviour involving using and abusing the most amazing ticket ever, my press card, I decided to buy my own tickets for shows I just want to enjoy, aside of those I have to review.

For R730 bucks I got 10 tickets to some awesome South African and international pieces. Prices ranged from R60 to R75 each.

For the price two or three fart-inducing meals at a franchise I am dining out for 11 days on some of the best art and stories in the land.

It feels like a bargain. Food for the soul, in my backyard.

I even got a cute email from the ticket office:

Dear Mr Mike Loewe,

This is an automated email. Please do not respond to this mail. If you have any queries, contact the box office at boxoffice@nationalartsfestival.co.za

Thank you for your order of tickets to National Arts Festival events. Please find the details of your purchase below:

Transaction Summary:
Customer Address:
Chief Reporter, Daily Dispatch, 35 Caxton Street, East London PO Box 131 5200
37 Lotus Avenue, Bonza Bay, East London 5200
5200 East London
South Africa
Transaction Details:
Customer ID: 3010
Transaction ID: 4139:63932
Transaction Ref: 4139:ZANMTS:300616:120545609YB
Tickets Total: R 730.00
Tickets Summary:
Place and Date Qty PB Seat Price Total
The Firebird at Guy Butler Theatre in Monument on Thu 30 Jun 2016 20:00 1 FULL PRICE [Auditorium Stalls M34] R 110.00 R 110.00
Karoo Moose at Graeme College in Graeme College on Sat 02 Jul 2016 14:00 1 FULL PRICE R 75.00 R 75.00
Sacre for One at PJ’s in PJ Olivier Skool on Sun 03 Jul 2016 12:00 1 FULL PRICE R 60.00 R 60.00
WATCHING, Ceci N’est Pas De Deux at The Hangar in Rhodes University Campus on Mon 04 Jul 2016 16:00 1 FULL PRICE R 70.00 R 70.00
The Inconvenience Of Wings at Rhodes Theatre in Rhodes University Theatre Complex on Mon 04 Jul 2016 20:00 1 FULL PRICE [Auditorium Auditorium E4] R 75.00 R 75.00
The Graveyard at Princess Alice Hall in Princess Alice Hall on Tue 05 Jul 2016 14:30 1 FULL PRICE R 60.00 R 60.00
LES CENCI at Victoria Theatre in Victoria Girls’ High School on Wed 06 Jul 2016 16:00 1 FULL PRICE [Theatre Scaff Seating ] R 75.00 R 75.00
Looking/Seeing/Being/Disappearing… at Alec Mullins Hall in Rhodes University Campus on Thu 07 Jul 2016 14:00 1 FULL PRICE R 75.00 R 75.00
Heart’s Hotel at Glennie Hall in Victoria Primary School on Fri 08 Jul 2016 14:00 1 FULL PRICE R 65.00 R 65.00
In Bocca Al Lupo at The Hangar in Rhodes University Campus on Fri 08 Jul 2016 19:00 1 FULL PRICE R 65.00 R 65.00
TICKET COLLECTION
ARTBUCKS MEMBERS:If you have your ARTBUCKS CARD you can swipe your card at the collections kiosk in the MONUMENT or VILLAGE GREEN Box Offices and your tickets will print out for you or take your card to any of our Box Office cashiers to collect your tickets.

ON-LINE CUSTOMERS:

CREDIT CARD BOOKINGS – please bring the credit card you used to make the bookings with you and swipe your card at the collections kiosk in the MONUMENT Box Office or at the VILLAGE GREEN Box Office in Grahamstown or go to any box office cashier and present your credit card.

EFT PAYMENTS – please collect your tickets at the COLLECTIONS COUNTER at the MONUMENT BOX OFFICE. You will need to provide the cashier with a copy of this email and your proof of payment or ID document.

TELEPHONIC BOOKINGS:

Please collect your tickets at the COLLECTIONS COUNTER at the MONUMENT BOX OFFICE. You will need to provide the cashier with a copy of this email and your proof of payment or ID document.

Tickets sold by the National Arts Festival are subject to the Terms and Conditions published on www.nationalartsfestival.co.za and which are available on request.

Box Office details: National Arts Festival, P O Box 304 Grahamstown, 6140. Tel: 046 603 1103, Email: Box Office.

 

 

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