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vNAF Festival Pass - R600

Access all Content on the vNAF & Jazz programme from the premiere date until 16 July 2020. Excludes vFringe Shows

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The digital nature of the vNAF has opened a world of technological possibilities along with as many challenges. Mechanical Souls explores some of these capabilities and the ethics presented by the VR options on our screens. As an employee of Mechlife and a participant in an online study, what choices will you make? While much can be altered through VR some very real threats persist. Predators and pests lurk in the arts sector and Mamela Nyamza is intent on exposing and confronting them. She leaves no stone unturned in Pest Control as she embarks upon her valiant mission. An SBYA alumni herself, Nyamza is joined on the programme today by 2020 SBYAs for Visual Arts and Jazz, Blessing Ngobeni and Sisonke Xonti.

If fabulosity is your thing, grab your glitter and accept Tandile Mbatsha’s invitation to enter the Virtual Queerhouse. There’s the possibility of attending the ball and if you are an aspiring performer an additional chance to battle in one of several categories. The crown may be virtual, but the sense of pride will be very real. The party mood continues as the Nyege Nyege Festival shares the sounds of the continent with musicians from Kampala, Mali and Dar es Salaam and Gengetone and Ghom to ensure that the Friday feeling continues apace. If the music inspires you to create your own, Sean Davenport will be teaching you how to do just that as he presents an introduction to Modular Synthesis using (free to use) Virtual CV Rack software. 

Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in Concert


A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.

Izithombe 2094

A collection of short audio and video documentaries from a site-specific, participatory theatre project performed in inner-city suburban Johannesburg in 2016.

The Bach Cello Suites


Bach’s six suites for solo cello are profound and sublime. Leading South African cellist, Peter Martens performs the entire cycle.

Chaotic Pleasure

Visual Art, filmed installation

This exhibition serves as both an observation and a form of confronting complex issues of power and abuse.

Giving Poetry Wings 3

Digital Art, Poetry

A showcase of collaborative work between 10 poets and digital artists based in South Africa and Malawi.

Mechanical Souls


An entertaining social experience where the viewers work together to reconstruct the story in its entirety.

A Basic Intro to Modular Synthesis using Virtual CV Rack software

Come and learn about the power of modular audio synthesis firsthand with an amazing free and open source software called Virtual CV Rack!

The Voice in Your Head

Talk, Performance Art

A playful, interactive, live Zoom show exploring the nature of mindfulness. At times a performance, at other times a participatory game.

isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train

11 days, 11 vibrant storytellers bring you a daily dose of African stories to engage and delight! Come journey with us on the ASSITEJ SA story train.

Human Study #1 from a distance


Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans can take part in online streamed performances in which they are drawn live by robots located in Belgium.

Ponte Maputo Durban


South African Jazz sound meets recreated traditional chopi music in an energetic stage performance that travels between Durban and Maputo and gives colour to a unique landscape of musical dialects.

Pest Control

Protest Art, Dance, Film

Mamela Nyamza is hell-bent on exposing the sordid underbelly and bureaucratic cronyism of the arts and culture institutions in South Africa.

The Solo Ball

Performance Art, Discussion

It’s a ball and you’re invited. The doors of this queer cultural phenomenon are open and everyone is welcome. Vogue and strut, the stage is yours.

Introduction to Spark AR Studio: Augmented Reality and the Arts


I will be presenting an introductory course on how to create Instagram and Facebook filters using Spark AR Studio.

The Very Big Comedy Show


Rob van Vuuren hosts a line up of stellar comedians who share some of their craziest gig experiences.

Sakhile Simani: People of My Community

Paying homage to his cultural roots, while propelling the jazz art form forward

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz – Sisonke Xonti


Urban, erudite, international and skilled, but rooted in his culture