vNAF Line Up Announced
The big reveal for this year's National Arts Festival to be streamed online has happened.
Posted: Jun 11 2020
'It's nothing less than a whirlwind,' says National Arts Festival CEO Monica Newton of the build-up to the Virtual National Arts Festival, which is happening entirely online from 25 June-5 July 2020. The Festival will be presenting work that speaks to these unique times, and will feature the results of many new collaborations, experimental forms and new ways to engage with the arts and audiences.
The team, together with pioneering artists, have been in full flight, redesigning a whole new festival that will bring a curated South African arts experience to the virtual world stage. Here are just a few of the experiences you can look forward to.
Former NAF Featured Artist and outspoken activist Mamela Nyamza premieres PEST CONTROL, a layered piece, partially informed by the mythological story of Narcissus, that looks at the diverse relationships and situations that are either deeply impaired because of self-service or repaired to enhance a practice of empathy for the whole good of the other. Photo: Ntombazana-Shabangu
William Kentridge’s Centre for the Less Good Idea revisits their Season 7, which introduced audiences to the hybrid analogue and digital technologies of PEPPER’S GHOST, playing with illusion through live performance and projected recordings. An 80 minute programme curated by the Centre, includes two new works and asks members of the audience to join a live webinar IN CONVERSATION WITH KENTRIDGE, MAHLANGU and PHALA.
Rob van Vuuren hosts Lindy Johnson, Alan Committie (above), Kagiso Lediga, Robby Collins and Tumi Morake in the VERY BIG COMEDY SHOW, a frank and hilarious conversation about the worst gigs they have ever had to endure. A rare and side-splitting peek behind the scenes and into the not-so-glamorous reality of a comedians not-so-finest moments.
Third World Bunfight will show the filmed version of their VERDI’S MACBETH – a radical take on Shakespeare’s story of ambition, treachery and witchcraft within a milieu of multinational double-dealings, ethnic conflict, brutal militia, ‘blood minerals’ and glittering Chinese imports. Photo: Nicky Newman