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By Gaopalelwe Moroane

 

Definition: Festino(s): fest-in-o/ verb: An ardent festival goer.

The calendars of plenty South African art lovers are marked with the reminders of Africa’s biggest National Art Festival which takes place annually in Grahamstown from 28 June- 8 July. This is the 38th edition of the ever popular arts festival. The usually quiet student town undergoes a total transformation in vibe, turning into a banquet of delectable treats for arts lovers to enjoy. There to capture all that glorious sound and give festival-goers the highlights of all the popular shows is a team of 8 Rhodes University students, who put together and run the podcast compilation that has been named Cue Radio.

Cue Radio is part of the four-legged festival media group that makes up the Cue team. It includes Cue Newspaper which has been keeping “festinos” company for more than thirty years, and Cue Online as well as Cue TV. One of the Cue Radio journalists is Babalawa Nyembezi who shows particular excitement at being a part of this team; “one of the things to look forward to in the podcast is an interview with the City Press Editor, Ferial Haffajee, as she’ll be giving an interview on her lecture that she’ll be presenting in the ThinkFest section of festival”, she says enthusiastically.

The team goes around Grahamstown, to different shows, interviewing different art-goers, participants, and stakeholders to compile the ins- and-outs of a day at the National Arts Festival to broadcast on air for “festinos” to enjoy.

Cue Radio works in conjunction with the Grahamstown community radio station, Radio Grahamstown as well as the Rhodes University campus radio station, RMR. An hour long of podcasts that have been compiled by the team are aired daily throughout the National Arts festival.

 

The CueRadio podcasts can be heard from midday till 1pm on RMR and from 1pm till 2pm on Radio Grahamstown

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