8 – 31 July 2021


The full programme for #NAFOnline  will be available on our website from the 21st of June.

The site allows you to search easily by date, artist or category. You are also able to download it onto your device to view offline.

If you download or print the programme be sure to check the online programme regularly for updates and changes.

We’ve partnered with online arts publication, The Critter, who will be providing daily news, reviews and updates on what’s happening.

Pepper's Ghost. Photo by Zivan ai Matangi


If you missed the Festival in 2020, you will need to register in order to enjoy the shows.

For those who joined us virtually in 2020, your account is still active. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it on the login page.

We have a dedicated call centre to answer any questions. Alternatively, you can email

As with any festival, careful planning is going to allow you to get the most out of your experience. You have until the end of July to experience the power of this content.

  • View on Demand (VOD): These shows can be enjoyed anytime between 8 and 31 July.
  • Live Streamed Performances: These shows are streamed live from location and cannot be viewed afterwards. Check the schedule to ensure you don't miss out.
  • Interactive Performances and Sessions: The Festival includes a number of lectures, discussions and workshops that will be streamed. You will need to download Zoom in order to participate in any of these shows.
  • Social Media Platforms: Artists are finding new ways to engage with technology. There are social media events where digital tools have been used to create work.
Swan Song. Photo by Shaun Oelf
Xova. Mark Wessels


The vFringe is a platform that was developed in 2020 to provide independent artists with an open access space to present their work and earn an income in the absence of live events and theatre closures. The vFringe is home to new and exciting work that speaks to the changing landscape of South African Theatre.

Virtual Fringe shows are available throughout the year. All money (apart from a small handling fee) goes directly to the artists. Your support will enable these artists to continue creating new work.

Xova. Photo by Mark Wessels


Every platform has its own challenges, but with some guidance, we hope to help you avoid as many as possible.

  • Where possible we recommend that you enjoy the shows from a place with a good connection. If you find your network fails, loadshedding hits or you run out of data in the middle of a show, you will be able to try again.
  • You will only be able to watch online content from one device at a time. If you are logged into the site on your PC you will not be able to watch content on your phone simultaneously.
  • Your login is unique to your account. You will not be able to share your login with other users.
  • On average, you will need 1 Gig of data to enjoy an hour of HD content. The Festival website does however use adaptive bit rate streaming allowing you to control your data usage.