National Arts Festival 2020: Day 4 Programme and Highlights

Buhle Ngaba's Swan Song
Buhle Ngaba's Swan Song

Having gone virtual for the first time in its 46 year lifespan, the (virtual) National Arts Festival presents its fourth 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 4 Highlights


Set in a tiny box flat in Johannesburg, Swan Song is a coming of age tale, tracing the journey of a young Tswana woman from Taung born with a winged scapula, a symbol that mirrors a constant struggle for belonging, of home. Swan Song wrestles with the metaphors of grief and love, mapping the way in which they physically manifest and become intertwined with life. 


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.


Liso the Musician brings her individual flair to a musical style she has coined ‘Ancestral Jazz.’ She joins forces with music video director and cinematographer Motion Billy to create Zaf’ingane, a theatrical, story-driven and spiritual performance.


Capetonian Ramon Alexander leads on the piano, with Byron Abrahams on sax, Valentino Europa on bass and Annemie Nel on the drums.

View the full Day 4 Programme here

Day Four of the National Arts Festival
Day Four of the National Arts Festival

Please note, all shows are available from their day of premiere until 16 July 2020.

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