National Arts Festival 2020: Day 7 Programme and Highlights

Standard Bank Young Artist for Music Spoek Mathambo. Picture: NAF
Standard Bank Young Artist for Music Spoek Mathambo. Picture: NAF

Having gone virtual for the first time in its 46 year lifespan, the (virtual) National Arts Festival presents its seventh 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 6 Highlights

Curating in the Digital Age

This evolution shows how curators have designed exhibition models that serve as presentations not just for exhibiting (web)site-specific art, but also for creating and sharing it in a context that reacts to advances in web technology. In reality, with the proliferation of digital tools, these networks have created collaborative structures of creative development free from the physical and conceptual constraints of the institutionalised white cube.

Vukuzithathe (Maskandi Documentary)

Shortlisted for the CASA Award for woman-identified playwrights 2018, A Howl in Makhanda is a semi-autobiographical work about two black and two white South African teenagers at an elite all girls boarding school who break the rules and how the disciplinary board deals with each of them differently.

Attempt on Dying

Boris Nikitin relates the story of his father’s lethal ALS-disease and his own story of coming-out as a gay man 20 years ago.


Day 7 Programme:

Day 7 programme of the National Arts Festival
Day 7 programme of the National Arts Festival

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