Day Five

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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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Artists have risen to the challenge of creating work specifically for a digital environment in highly inventive ways. Screensaver requires your time, infinite patience and a computer mouse. Capturing that time between times in the liminal spaces which stretch endlessly during the lockdown. Just as viscous is the grasp on memory and grief evoked in Unfathomable. Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis succeed in capturing the fluidity of grief and the tides and turning of mourning. This award-winning work has been translated from the stage to filmed vignettes that enhance the transparency of the beautifully designed set. Fragmenting, collaging and refiguring are echoed in the Rebirth of Iqhawe as Nicola Pilkington joins Oupa Sibeko to hybridise his Butoh inspired performance to film. In both instances, the filming of the work allows for an additional facet to the initial intention. In a similar vein, Neo Muyanga calls out the roots of the much-loved hymn, exorcises and subverts Making Grace Amazing. Awakening Fanon with the Wretched with a fusion of classical music and jazz is composer and singer Gabisille Motuba, drummer Tumi Mogorosi and sound-scape artist Andrei Van Wyk.

isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: Human Bones


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.

Mzwanele Maqhosha – Blaze Jazz Band


Blaze Jazz Band, formed by Mzwanele Maqhosha in 2015, has performed with the cream of South African jazz – now these festival regulars are performing for you!

My Inner Wolf

Interactive digital art

My Inner Wolf is an online tool for mapping your inner worlds.

Screen Saver

Net Art

A visual poem in which you can feel time flex beyond the constraints of seconds and minutes. This work is a love poem to the screen saver – a net art throwback to an old technology.

Ukuhlolwa kwePhupha

Film / Performance Art

An experimental film exploring daily routine, a dreamscape and technologies that obscure the malleable line that divides these experiences.

Frequencies of a birthmark – Episode 2

Visual Art

A revisitation through collages and animated videos of an 1895’s image of Godide, the last ruler of the Gaza Empire.


Net Art

Watch a conversation unfold as a programmed bot reads to other chatbots who, in turn, answer and learn from the conversation about our relationship with technologies.

After God’s Own Heart

Whatsapp Performance 18:00

What wouldn’t you say to secure your afterlife? Join this interactive multilingual WhatsApp performance directed by Palesa Matabane. Free

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.

Making Grace Amazing

Film, Music, Performance Art

The work reconsiders the dark and obscured past of the black diaspora protest hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’ .



Woolworths is a dark and hilarious choral satire on middle-class South Africa presented as an epic radio play.

The Wretched


”Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity” – The Wretched of the Earth

How to create Augmented Reality Artworks the easy way


If you are a digital or visual artist, this workshop is for you.



2019 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award winner Unfathomable is a poetic play between materials, body and words exploring liveliness in death, ghostliness in life.

The Rebirth of IQHAWE

Dance, Film

A short experimental dance film, exploring the potential to hybridise Sibeko’s Butoh-inspired performance practice into the film form.

Vuma Levin – Antique Spoons


One of South Africa’s most promising guitarists and composers