National Arts Festival 2020: Day 9 Programme and Highlights

Sisonke Xonti is the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz
Sisonke Xonti is the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz

Having gone virtual for the first time in its 46 year lifespan, the (virtual) National Arts Festival presents its ninth 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 9 Highlights

Pepper's Ghost

The Centre for the Less Good Idea introduces audiences to the hybrid analogue and digital technologies of the Pepper’s Ghost, playing with illusion through live performance and projected recordings.

Lo-Def Film Factory: Open Time

An experimental WhatsApp video workshop by young creatives from Cape Town made inside their homes and communities during lockdown. Be-Kind-Rewind-style amateur reenactments: low-budget film realness.


On 16 September 1994, nearly 60 children at Ariel Primary School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe claimed to have witnessed the landing of an unidentified flying object (UFO) while on their morning break. The children, between the ages of five and 12, stated that they interacted with a creature that emerged from the UFO. This creature is believed to have been Mathos Pfumao.

Mathos Pfumao is Zimbabwe’s greatest Shona sculptor.

Reclamations - The Conversation

RECLAMATIONS –The Conversation reflects on the impact of the Tierney Fellowship on the Market Photo Workshop and its fellows, and the role of mentorships in supporting emerging artists in African photography

Panelists: Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni, Buyaphi Mdledle, Lekgetho Makola, Molemo Moiloa, and Rory Bester

Moderated by M. Neelika Jayawardane

Presented by Market Photo Workshop and the Tierney Family Foundation

Sisonke Xonti

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.

Day 9 Programme

Day 9 programme of the NAF
Day 9 programme of the NAF

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

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