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How to buy tickets to NAF Online events


There’s lots to see and experience – browse the programme pages to find out what’s on and decide what to see.


There are different ways to watch and engage with the events on the Online National Arts Festival line-up:

NAF Online: Curated Programme

The 2021 Main Programme runs from 8 – 31 July. It includes live streamed performances, zoom webinars and workshops, exhibitions and more. Shows are priced between R40 and R50, with a number of free events available.

You can buy these by clicking on the BUY NOW button on the show pages. This will add events to your basket.

If you buy more than 5 tickets in one transaction you will get a 10% discount, buy more than 10 and you get a 20% discount.

You can also buy a full Festival pass to access all the the Main programme content


Video on Demand tickets for shows on the vFringe start at R25 per event. You can buy these by clicking on the Buy button on the show pages. This will add events to your basket. You can buy as many tickets as you like. Look out for specials and promos offered by vFringe artists.

Note that you cannot use a Festival Pass to purchase tickets on the Fringe programme.

Visual Art and the Virtual Green

Access to our digital galleries and market stalls is absolutely free – look out for loads of other free things, including recordings of webinars, workshops, talks and debates.



You can purchase tickets to events by simply clicking on the BUY TICKETS button on the show pages and adding the items to your basket.

Once you’ve added all the items you’d like to watch, you can checkout and complete the transaction. You will be able to pay for your tickets with your credit or debit card, Snapscan or instant EFT through PayGate. 

Confirmation of your order, which lists your shows, will be emailed to you once your transaction is completed.


Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with a list of what you’ve booked. You can also see your shows on the  MY SHOWS page (link in top menu).

You can click through to any event to start watching. Scroll down to the video window and select the ‘play video’ icon on any recorded item you’ve chosen, and it will play. If you haven’t paid for it, it won’t. Simple as.

Please note: You need to be logged in to watch the shows you have bought or make use of your Pass.

Once you’ve completed a transaction, you’ll be automatically logged in to the site. But if you happen to get logged out, or if you switch devices, you will need your log-in details. (These are emailed to you with your order confirmation.)

We have tried as hard as possible to make our content as data-friendly as possible without compromising the work. As an estimate: one hour of streamed content = 1 GB.

5. The small print

You get a total of FIVE views per show. If load-shedding starts mid-performance, or the mother-in-law calls, or the phone battery dies – you’ll be able to click on the link and watch from the beginning again. If you see something that blows your mind, you can watch always watch it again.

You can watch your shows on any device – smartphone, PC or tablet – as long as you’re logged in to the site. However, you cannot be logged in on two devices at the same time.


If you get stuck, contact our friendly helpline – you can call us on 0860 002 004 any time between Monday – Friday 8am and 4:30pm.

You can also email us