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Your Guide to the 2021 National Arts Festival

what’s happening in 2021?

We found ourselves once again restricted by very necessary COVID-19 safety regulations. Rather than cancel our programme outright, we are moving as much as possible onto our online platform. NAF Online is a curated programme of creativity – pre-recorded and live events, short films, virtual art exhibitions, jam sessions, interactive events, webinars and more – that spans the South African and international arts scene.

Selected works that were scheduled to perform live in Makhanda will be live streamed in real time from our venues in Makhanda, while other work will be available as a video on demand to watch any time that suits you.

The Festival content will be available to view between 8 and 31 July. In addition, those who purchased tickets to the Standard Bank Jazz Festival performances will be able to view that content until the end of August. Exhibitions will also be available until the end of August.

Please refer to the the show pages for the viewing windows for specific shows.

how to access the content…

The National Arts Festival website is the portal to the entire event. Each day brings with it a programme of curated content. To unlock the shows, you will need to buy either a pass, or a single event access.

Some shows will be live at a specific time; others will be available to view when it suits you.

There are also a variety of works that are free, including art and craft galleries.

The vFringe is an open-access, pay-per-view platform for artists to sell tickets and show their work.