Angels, ancestors and winged creatures connect the works of Palesa Flory and Buhle Ngabe. Form is function in After God’s Own Heart and, using online social media, the audience decides on the fate of a young woman killed in a taxi accident. In Swan Song, Taung, beset by grief finds her wings and her transfiguration from broken swan to fully actualised being is wondrous. “Poetry as wings of compassion” is how Ayanda Billie navigates through adversity and emerges stronger in his poetic narration of the tribulations of life in KwaNobuhle. It is music that Liso uses to cope with the current pandemic and her personal style of Ancestral Jazz is a spiritual plea to her audiences and the ancestors. The commonality of art as leverage through difficulty is a tactile thread through this work, whether it be rhyme or rhythm, its value in times of adversity is evident. The sheer escapism of it, however, is encapsulated in the brevity of Lockdown Went Wrong. The scale of terror it evokes is belied by its length and the motif of an unlucky escape is echoed in another short film, Cake.
Afropolitan Comics: Comics Culture in AfricaWORKSHOP AVAILABLE AS A RECORDING
A look at the current comics climate in the African continent, and the success of the Bilili BD festival in Congo and other platforms.
Standard Bank Jazz Festival Q&A with the ArtistsJAZZ FESTIVAL DISCUSSION 20:00
An opportunity to virtually meet some of the big name musicians from the 2020 Standard Bank Jazz Festival
isitimela Sendaba – The Story Train: Two Goats on a BridgeStorytelling
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.
East London-born violinist, songwriter and vocalist Siseko Pame has an emotive, earthy voice with a smooth, husky tone. Tune in to hear this SAMA Award winner’s performance.
OPERA IN VIRTUAL REALITY: No Stage, no Problem!Musical Theatre (Skills building)
Using digital content creation tools and realtime game render engines to stage opera.
The world burns… Nzinga 17th century warrior queen of Ndonga / Angola looks over her continent… Nzinga sighs… What time is it?
In this experience, everything, even the most tiny movement that we assume not worth mentioning gets measured, recorded and valued.
Jopolo: Spaceships from pre-colonial AfricaSci-Fi
In this interactive graphic novel by storyteller Dilman Dila, a grief-stricken man travels to the stars to search for his dead wife. A surprisingly inspirational tale.
After God’s Own HeartWhatsapp 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 distanceEXHIBITION
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.
Zaf’ingane Ancestral JazzJazz
Liso the Musician is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents to emerge out of Khayelitsha in recent years.
LOCKDOWN WENT WRONGHorror film
In this short horror, a finalist in the Britflicks Lockdown Film Fest, taking a selfie turns into something a lot more sinister.
Poems in Times of DistressPoetry
Ayanda Billie performs his recent volume of published poetry exploring his life in his home town KwaNobuhle.