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.
SUNDAY 28 JUNE
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
Death and Birth in My LifeDocumentary Theatre
This series invites the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life. Videos are available during scheduled times only.
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.
Songs are like the Grass: Madosini in Concert – Episode FourMusic
A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.
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.
VoyagerDance / Digital Arts
What if a dance supergroup from the future told you to forget what you knew about the laws of physics and took you on a journey to the stars?
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.
The Voice in Your HeadLIVE PERFORMANCE 11:00
A playful, interactive, live Zoom show exploring the nature of mindfulness. At times a performance, at other times a participatory game. Every day at 11am.
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
Lagos at LargeShort 360degree Film
History, colonialism, growth, nostalgia, decay and transformation collide in this introduction to Lagos, as three characters mould the identity of their megacity and where they belong in it.
Human Study #1 from a distanceINTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE 13:00-17:00
Human Study #1 is an installation in which humans can take part in online streamed performances in which they are 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.