National Arts Festival virtual

The curtain is ready to life on the first virtual National Arts Festival in Makhanda

National Arts Festival virtually ready to lift the curtain

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the festival will be online only with digital dance, drama, poetry, art, craft … and all that jazz!

National Arts Festival virtual

The curtain is ready to life on the first virtual National Arts Festival in Makhanda

The Virtual National Arts Festival programme has emerged, and the festival’s website is ready to become a virtual stage from opening day on Thursday 25 June.

All events will be accessed through the website portal – both curated work and unselected “Fringe” events.

Finding your way around vNAF will be a simple as following the breadcrumbs at the top of your screen, but these pointers will give you a head start. 

Jazz and other curated events

The Curated Programme is a schedule of events that will be released each day from 25 June to 5 July. 

These daily programmes will consist of pre-recorded performances (theatre, music, dance), films, live broadcasts, visual art “walkabouts”, workshops, and more. These programmes have been carefully curated around a theme and the preamble to each day’s programme will provide the framework for that day’s offerings. 

Daily Programme passes will give the buyer access to all the events in the curated programme for that day.

Live events will need to be watched on the day – but most content will be available for viewing at whatever time is most suitable to you, within an 11-day period from the date of release.

If you just want to watch one event – you are welcome to buy a ticket to an individual event. There are super discounted bundles available for daily programme passes and other packages, including jazz – so keep an eye open for these when making your selections.

‘Making Grace Amazing’ will be presented digitally at the 2020 National Arts Festival. Image: Supplied

Virtual Fringe

The Virtual Fringe Programme (vFringe) is a pay-per-view platform where anything goes! Well, almost. The festival team will be carefully monitoring submissions to make sure they’re in line with universally accepted online presentation standards.

But, that said, similarly to the Fringe in Makhanda, this is where you will find artists experimenting with their creative instincts – bending the rules to fit this new world.

Here you’ll find comedy, performance art, cabaret, magic (of course) and lots more. Tickets will be priced from R25 as the artists, together with you,  explore this new digital space.

vFringe Live is a noticeboard for artists that have events on the go on other platforms – FaceBook, Instagram, YouTube and more.  You’ll be able to click through to the event from the National Arts Festival website but you’ll buy your tickets once you get to the presenting site.

Visual Art

Visual Artists will be hanging out at their online galleries at the festival website. There’s no charge to visit any of the galleries – and you can get in touch with the artists and purchase or commission work directly from them.

Virtual Green

The Virtual Green sees crafters, creators and resellers pitching their digital stalls on our website walls. Find your favourite Festival slippers or hat and chat directly to the trader to make your deal.