National Arts Festival 2020: Day 2 Programme and Highlights

Dance Artist Mamela Nyamza's Pest Control exposes the real state of the arts in South Africa.
Dance Artist Mamela Nyamza's Pest Control exposes the real state of the arts in South Africa.

Having gone virtual for the first time in its 46 year lifespan, the (virtual) National Arts Festival presents its second day of 11, boasting over 270 shows in newly digitised offering. Viewers are able to access the festival by buying a R600 festival pass for the entire duration of the festival, or buying tickets for select events. Running completely virtual for the first time in the festival's 46 year history, the festival will be presenting work that speaks to these unique times, and will feature the results of many new collaborations, experimental forms and new ways to engage with the arts and audiences. 

Day 2 Highlights


A series of 11 episodes (one released on each day of the Festival) offers glimpses of Madosini performing in varied settings – from grand stages to intimate rooms, solo and in conversation with other musicians. Made under Covid-19 lockdown, the series relies on existing and archival footage to create this tribute.


Vogue goes live and online. Tandile Mbatsha will host a live stream ballroom to celebrate Pride Month. VNJ alongside Talent Connoisseurs will announce the categories to participants within the ballroom community, and entrants are invited to enter or participate via a secure Zoom gathering, see the link to join on this page.


Mamela Nyamza is a dance artist and activist hell-bent on exposing the sordid underbelly of the bureaucratic aspects of arts and culture in her native country South Africa. The gendered aspect of subservience is interrogated in Pest Control which aims to expose the real state of the arts in South Africa. 


Tenor Saxophonist Sisonke Xonti is 2020's Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year in the category of Jazz. Playing with longtime collaborators; Keenan Ahrends, Bokani Dyer and Shane Cooper, this band also features Sphelelo Mazibuko on the drums and Keorapetse Kolwane on vocals.


Blessing Ngobeni presents his exhibition Chaotic Pleasure online. An observation and confrontation of the complicated engagements and entanglements of abuse and power, this exhibition is held as part of the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year programme.

View the full Day 2 Programme here:

National Arts Festival Day 2 Programme

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