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Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) – Bloemfontein


PACOFS is the flag ship of theatre activities in the Free State Province, in the central region of South Africa. It is a Playhouse where an environment is provided for artists to practice and perform their different art forms. An annual season of classic and contemporary South African, African and international theatre productions are performed inside its theatres.


PACOFS is a major community and cultural resource for people of the central parts of South Africa and Lesotho. It is committed to the development of both new works and Free State artists through its arts development program. It also plays a role in the bigger picture of the South African theatre scene by contributing touring productions and providing employment and career opportunities for creative and administrative staff.


Theatres, ballroom classrooms, Exhibition floor space, two floor foyers that accommodate between 200 – 600 seated guests and various private venues makes PACOFS an ideal venue to host the 2015 NTCE. The venue is fitted with latest technological equipment ranging from lighting, stage and sound system. PACOFS is situated next to the Waterfront Mall and between the two largest provincial buildings (Fidel Castro Building & OR Tambo House)