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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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vNAF Day Pass -

Access all shows premiering on this day until 16 July.

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Finding new forms to engage creatively from A – Z or in this case A – W, avatars to WhatsApp chats, are a feature of the vNAF. Eyal Gruss leads a hands-on jam where you can create your own deep fake avatar to use in Zoom or Facebook Live. The difference between reality and tech-generated virtual reality is increasingly tenuous and the tools to create it are easily available as the workshop reveals. Additional places for theatre to be staged have been unveiled during the lockdown and The Shopping Dead enters stage right on your mobile screen in WhatsApp. An ordinary day out shopping is interrupted by… dead people. Specifically written for the medium and enacted in GIFS, memes, text and voice notes, this is an occasion where being blue ticked may not be a bad thing. Not even traditional fairy tales are safe from the mores of social media and Mothers Grimm gives familiar characters Goldilocks, Cinderella and Snow White a modern twist in a family sitcom seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Goldi. New times call for new scripts and NAF has supported their development through workshops led by Twist Projects and ASSITEJ. Readings of new work created for adults and young people will be unveiled today.

Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in Concert


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

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.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1891) Divertimento in D, K 136


Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904 ) Serenade in D minor, Opus 44


Edward Elgar (1857 -1934) SERENADE FOR STRINGS, Op. 20




An exploration of the Sepedi language through song by BLK JKS band member, Tshepang Ramoba

Another Kind of Dying: Virtual Experience


A 3d volumetrically-captured 360 video which imagines scenes from Distell National Playwright Competition’s 2020 award-winning play Another Kind of Dying by Amy Louise Wilson.

The Shopping Dead

A normal day at the store turns deadly for a few store employees. A customer with an innocent seizure turns out to be carrying a deadly load. Watch it all unfold through their group WhatsApp chat.

Advanced Modular Synthesis Techniques


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

Avatars in Zoom for All! A hands-on tutorial


How can you be anyone in ZoomSpace? Learn how recently released open source code allows for live real time deepfake in Zoom and Facebook Live.

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.

Mother’s Grimm

Children's Choice

Goldilocks, Cinderella and Snow White all come together in this coming of age story.

After God’s own heart


What wouldn’t you say to secure your afterlife?


A two-piece puzzle.

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.

Ziza Muftic: Shining hour

Balkan rhythms, thoughtful lyrics and jazz-infused melodies