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Saturday, July 24, 2021


Catch some of this weekend's hottest shows on the virtual National Arts Festival!


DURATION: 90mins


DATE: July 24, 2021 17h00

The NAF goes to New Delhi, India for Zoom performance. Using personal stories, experiences and musings, the piece asks questions about what ‘consent’ means and the language that is used to discuss sexual violence. Audiences can cast votes and interact with the event. This play has been performed around the world to critical acclaim.


Available for a limited time this weekend is Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja’s  Zilin. This is a sonic journey through a borderless Africa using Zilin, a vocal technique from Benin in Africa; a musical style that is used in rituals and practices.

Antie Wi'oekal

Available till the end of July, Antie Wi'oekal, a play by Faith Kinnear and directed by Jeremeo le Cordeur, is an absurdist piece that deconstructs the stereotype of the shrewd so-called coloured woman. It's been making waves at the Festival since its launch. Read more about it here.


Ethereality is a reflection on migration and the sense of belonging by Rwandan filmmaker Kantarama Gahigiri. The recording is available to watch until Sunday.

The Apology

Festival favourite Aaron McIlroy stars in The Apology a comedy satire that reflects on the world of 'tone-deaf dudes' and privilege in its many forms

Afro Jazz Giants Hip

2020 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Nthato Mokgata presents Afro Jazz Giants Hip Hop Tribute ,an exploration of the African jazz song book.


Dive into the rest of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival - with all the hottest local and international acts.

There's plenty more to explore and don't forget - it's a buy one, get one free weekend - so you can double up and enjoy them all!


Fringe Programme

The Fringe programme blends innovation and originality as seasoned pros and newcomers unite to bring an uncurated programme of shows to Makhanda. From day one of the Festival, some of these shows will receive the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Awards, so be sure to keep some time in your schedule open so you don’t miss the hits that have people talking

The Fringe Live has plenty to keep you absorbed this weekend. Don't forget to cheer on our Fringe artists (and make contributions to their costs - at no cost to you) at The Standard Bank - Bank Of Dreams.

The Standard Bank Ovation Awards recognise Fringe productions that truly stand out. So be sure to look for the Standard Bank Ovation stamp when planning your Fringe viewing. Here are the winners so far. For more information on each production, click on the link to take you to the festival programme and further details:

As If The Rain Watched Over Her -

Buya -

DEIComposition -

Iva Collective - Umhlaba Ophezulu/Higher Ground -

Mobile Inertia -

The Shack -


Dear Donald, Dear Hilary (Their Secret Correspondence) -

A Long Story Short -

Izibazi Zomendo -

The Joy of Symphonic Music - Concert 1 -

Liminal -

Ruth -

Gone but not Forgotten -


Congratulations to all the winners, we look forward to hearing about the next group of winners and the Standard Bank Ovation Awards Ceremony, happening online on July 31, 2021.