Unpacking the Virtual National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival is going virtual for its 46th edition this year. We’re having lots of fun figuring out how it will all work – and we’ve compiled a list of answers to some frequently asked questions on our website. Find the FAQs here 
Artists, creatives and entrepreneurs who have proposals for #VNAF2020 are invited to submit these online as soon as possible – our tech team needs time to help you take an idea from concept to completion. Proposals for consideration will be accepted until 30 April, while only completed projects may be submitted until 15 May 2020. Find the Ideas Form here

National Arts Festival CEO Monica Newton will be joined by her colleagues from the engine room of the Virtual NAF in a Q&A webinar on Tuesday 21 April on the how, what, why and when of this new iteration of the Festival. Rucera Seethal (Artistic Director), Nobesuthu Rayi (Executive Producer), Zikhona Monaheng (Fringe Manager) and Nicci Spalding (Technical Director) will be on hand to answer your questions in a panel discussion facilitated by Ashraf Johaardien, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).

Commonly asked questions will be addressed by the panel before taking questions from a live digital audience. If you have a burning question, please send it to fa*@na******************.za and we’ll add it to the pile. If we don’t get to it in the live event, we’ll email you directly. Active participation is limited to the first 100 people to register but there is unlimited capacity for you to watch the event as it happens.      

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN What is the end game for the arts?
‘In the weeks since lockdown, there has been a marked proliferation of artistic content online. Much of the content, for better or worse, is free and uncurated. The rush reflects the persistence of vitality, an urgency to be productive and to maintain relevance in the flood of content available. We need to reassess where we place value in the arts, and how we acknowledge this value.’ – Rucera Seethal, Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival 
Rebuilding value in the arts during Covid-19 on BizCommunity
Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival envisions a virtual event under lockdown on Channel24