Day Two

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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. 

Chaotic Pleasure

Visual Art

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

Standard Bank Jazz Festival Q&A with the Artists


An opportunity to virtually meet some of the big name musicians from the 2020 Standard Bank Jazz Festival

The Very Big Comedy Show


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

Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz – Sisonke Xonti


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

Sakhile Simani: People of My Community


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

isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: Mosidi the Girl Child


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.



Sit back and relax to the soulful, contemporary grooves of LoveChild, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Kwazakhele, Nelson Mandela Bay.

Afropolitan Comics: from South Africa to the continent


An online exhibition that focuses on African comics, putting comics from South Africa ‘in conversation’ with those from other African countries.

The Bach Cello Suites – Peter Martens


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

Izithombe 2094

Peformance Art

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

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

Live Performance & Film

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

Basic Intro to Modular Synthesis using Virtual CV Rack software

Learn about the power of modular audio synthesis first hand with an amazing free and open source piece of software called Virtual CV Rack.

Human Study #1 from a distance


Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans took part in online streamed performances in which they were 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.