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Thursday, June 25, 2020


Where artistic adventure and curiosity collide.

The National Arts Festival team reports on the current progress for its virtual festival running from June 25 to July 5, 2020:

“We’re seeing the Festival come together. Work that started as ideas, turned into discussions and are now full pieces, are being uploaded to the Festival website for audiences to experience in just a few days’ time. Our team is nothing short of phenomenal, to bring to life something which was, just a few chaotic weeks ago, only a vision. We now have an online festival that reflects the experiences of artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. I am anxious to share it with audiences and see this next chapter begin,” says National Arts Festival Artistic Director, Rucera Seethal.

Browse the programme and buy a Festival pass on

The programme will take place entirely on the Festival website and comprises a daily Curated Programme of shows, workshops and events; and a special Virtual Fringe section with a wide range of performances to choose from.

Audiences can now buy passes to unlock the shows on the Curated Programme from R80 per day. A full 11-day pass costs just R600.This includes the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, but excludes all vFringe events.

Virtual Fringe events will be individually ticketed, with 90% of show proceeds going to the artists themselves.

All events on the Creativate Digital Arts Festival are entirely free.

The Standard Bank Jazz Festival remains an integral part of the Festival experience, with Jazz Passes available for R500.

 Still wondering how it's all going to work? Head on over to our new website, where you will find a comprehensive how to guide.



Join your online host to a virtual experience

Your vNAF Studio host Nontobeko Sibisi takes a sneak peek behind the scenes with interviews with theatre makers and the key people behind the programme in this build-up episode to the first-ever Virtual National Arts Festival, which runs from June 25 to July 5, 2020.



Breaking down the barriers to making art

This year, the Creativate Digital Arts Festival, presented by Standard Bank, forms a captivating thread through the Virtual National Arts Festival programme with a collection of online interactive digital art workshops, new-media exhibitions and innovative performances pushing the boundaries of what we understand about 'art'. With 42 pieces including 16 workshops and 15 world premieres on the programme, Creativate is about interaction, collaboration and breaking down barriers.

The 2020 programme features five key themes: Reflections on Humanity; Politics of Data and Surveillance; Reshape-Rewrite-Remix; Strange New World: non spaces, imagined spaces; and Workshops, which look at writing with data, encrypting poetry, making deep fakes, dancing with technology, green-screened performance spaces, CGI animation, drawing robots and chatting chat-bots.

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