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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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Finding new forms to engage creatively from A – Z or in this case A – W, avatars to WhatsApp chats, are a feature of the vNAF. Eyal Gruss leads a hands-on jam where you can create your own deep fake avatar to use in Zoom or Facebook Live. The difference between reality and tech-generated virtual reality is increasingly tenuous and the tools to create it are easily available as the workshop reveals. Additional places for theatre to be staged have been unveiled during the lockdown and The Shopping Dead enters stage right on your mobile screen in WhatsApp. An ordinary day out shopping is interrupted by… dead people. Specifically written for the medium and enacted in GIFS, memes, text and voice notes, this is an occasion where being blue ticked may not be a bad thing. Not even traditional fairy tales are safe from the mores of social media and Mothers Grimm gives familiar characters Goldilocks, Cinderella and Snow White a modern twist in a family sitcom seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Goldi. New times call for new scripts and NAF has supported their development through workshops led by Twist Projects and ASSITEJ. Readings of new work created for adults and young people will be unveiled today.

In the Works: Discussion


Young audiences deserve fresh work which speaks directly to their contexts and experiences. In the Works is an ASSITEJ SA initiative to take these plays from idea to page to stage.


In the Works: Playreadings for Young Audiences


A taste of new plays for young audiences, “in the works”, featuring Zwelitsha by Saneliswe Yekani and Little Fists, Big Heart by Lereko Mfono. The project is an initiative of ASSITEJ SA.


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

Death and Birth in My Life

Documentary 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: The Boerewors Man


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 Eight


A fascinating glimpse into the life and music of the 2020 National Arts Festival Featured Artist.

Kora X


Lo-Def Film Factory: Open Time


An experimental WhatsApp video workshop by young creatives from Cape Town made inside their homes and communities during lockdown. Be-Kind-Rewind-style amateur reenactments: low-budget film realness.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1891) Divertimento in D, K 136


The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, established originally more than 100 years ago, is in the forefront of quality classical music and education in South Africa.

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Serenade in D minor, Opus 44


The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, established originally more than 100 years ago, is in the forefront of quality classical music and education in South Africa.

Edward Elgar (1857 -1934) SERENADE FOR STRINGS, Op. 20


The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, established originally more than 100 years ago, is in the forefront of quality classical music and education in South Africa.



An exploration of the Sepedi language through song by BLK JKS band member, Tshepang Ramoba

Another Kind of Dying: Virtual Experience


A 3d volumetrically-captured 360 video which imagines scenes from Distell National Playwright Competition’s 2020 award-winning play Another Kind of Dying by Amy Louise Wilson.

The Shopping Dead

whatsapp performance 19:00

A normal day at the store turns deadly for a few store employees. A customer with an innocent seizure turns out to be carrying a deadly load. Watch it all unfold through their group WhatsApp chat.

Advanced Modular Synthesis Techniques

digital music creation workshop 14:00

Come and learn about the power of modular audio synthesis firsthand with an amazing free and open source software called Virtual CV Rack.

Avatars in Zoom for All! A hands-on tutorial

creativate workshop 11:00

How can you be anyone in ZoomSpace? Learn how recently released open source code allows for live real time deepfake in Zoom and Facebook Live.

The Voice in Your Head


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.

Mother’s Grimm

Children's Choice

Goldilocks, Cinderella and Snow White all come together in this coming of age story.

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


Live streamed performance 11:00

Simon has something in his head. Paul has lost someone. Jigsaw is a reunion of two close friends as they attempt to reconnect, to assemble the pieces of their lives, and to unpack thermodynamics. Free.

Lagos at Large

Short 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 distance


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.

Ziza Muftic: Shining hour


Balkan rhythms, thoughtful lyrics and jazz-infused melodies