Day Three

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An insight into two great South Africans is offered today. Music from the featured artist of the festival, Madosini continues to be screened while Credo Muthwa’s legacy is investigated by Shmerah Passhier and Albert Ibokwe Khoza who see the world through the Afrofuturist mythical beings inspired by the recently departed prophet and artist. In the centenary year of her death Olive Schreiner’s role in South African society is celebrated in Breathing Space. Her vision and activism are remembered through excerpts of her writings. As Schreiner shared her passion and sense of justice through the page, Alfred Hinkel has done so on stage. He revisits his groundbreaking Bolero in Die Dans van my Heenkoms as he explores its genesis as a socio-political commentary and its continued journey as it speaks truth to power and highlights bureaucratic injustices. 

Women’s voices take centre stage today as Gloria Bosman presents her recent compositions. She is followed by the Afro Jazz songbird from Motherwell Andy Ndlazilwana, who continues in the steps of her grandfather, the legendary Victor Ndlazilwana. The Charl du Plessis Trio add some opera to the jazz celebration in their signature crossover style of standards and arias. While syncing is definitely not a feature of any of these fine musicians, De Klerk Oelofse brings his lip sync A game in Steve Smith as he attempts to worm his way out of a cricketing scandal. Created by Jemma Kahn, this is guaranteed to be disquieting.

isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: The Calabash Kids


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.

Xolani Faku


Xolani Faku, who hails from New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, continues his journey with the trumpet. A Xhosa vocalist, composer and arranger, Faku also plays indigenous instrument.

Pitika Ntuli Azibuyele Emasisweni Return to the Source

Azibuyele Emasisweni: Return to the Source


Pitika Ntuli’s Azibuyele Emasisweni leads the viewer to reflect on South Africa’s current spiritual landscape through a unique and original use of material, form and symbolism.

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.

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.

Using technology to realise your creative vision


A masterclass on the creative use of technology for artists of any discipline. Adam Donen, the inventor of the ‘holographic drama’ art form, explores how to use technology to serve a creative vision.

The Eye of Rre Mutwa


The Eye is Blind That Cannot See – An Afrocyborg homage to Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa (1921-2020)

Character and Creature Design with Caroline Vos and Ben Winfield


Ben Winfield and Caroline Vos present their process for creating unique characters and concept design.

Die Dans van my Heenkoms: The Bolero Stories


A timeless performance restaged for our time; Hinkel’s signature choreography finds yet another iteration in response to the current climate.

Steve Smith


A perfect performance of arrogance chopped off at the knees.

Jazz & Opera by the Charl du Plessis Trio


A selection of standards and opera arias specially arranged for this award-winning musical ensemble.



A  6-piece band accompanies Afro jazz songbird, Andy Ndlazilwana in this exploration of African jazz rhythms.

Breathing Space

Film, Theatre

A glimpse into the life of Olive Schreiner and her elusive quest for breathing space for all.

Gloria Bosman – Beyond Talent Ensemble


Vocal star Gloria Bosman teams up with the sensational AusTebza

Jacob Collier


4 Grammys by the age of 25!