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A WhatsApp theatre performance. Who would have thought? Written by 2017 National Arts Festival Gold Ovation winner, Ncumisa Ndimeni and directed by theatre maker and UCT PhD ...

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African value systems affirmed by Pitika Ntuli’s art

Pitika Ntuli’s landmark exhibition Azibuyele Emasisweni, (Return to the Source), a result of three years' work, debuts at the virtual ...

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‘Net art’ production puts the world on pause

Time. There are moments when it seems to stand still and others when it seems to pass us by too quickly and too harshly.Watching Screen Saver feels ...

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Operatic Macbeth set in central Africa may ...

Witches, a prophesy, and lots of death. Macbeth is the quite possibly the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s plays, and one of the most famous adapted for the operatic stage. Brett Bailey’s take on Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth sees the Scotsman reimagined as a ...
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A cry into the wind: four girls, four different ...

With everything going on in the world — and right on our doorstep — from the recent Black Lives Matter movement protests ignited by George Floyd's murder by a police officer in the US to the various concerns and allegations of racism in former model ...
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Moving solo performance about getting over heartbreak

To stumble across The King of Broken Things at the Virtual National Arts Festival's Fringe programme is to find a ...

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Vibrant discourse weaves a variety of influences and styles

“Lento yam”. This is my thing. Siseko Pame, while billed as a jazz artist, gives the audience so much more than ...

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Fani full of soul despite sound balancing poser

Right from the start of this performance, one is immediately drawn to Port Alfred resident Monde Fani’s remarkable ...

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An energy of sound across the loved genres

“We will be taking you on a musical journey.

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‘Making Grace Amazing’: a haunting history of slave trade

Composer/Director: Neo Muyanga; Soprano: Tina Mene Chorus of We the People: Legítima Defesa; Video and Animation: Neo ...

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Defying all we know about space and gravity

To create a production like Voyager required artistry — and a lot of it. The hour-long dance piece is the first ...

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'Soul-inspiring performance' from jazz phenomenon

In 2016, four-time Grammy Award winner Jacob Collier was quoted in The Guardian as saying “this room is my instrument”, ...

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‘Airman’ takes flight on virtual stage

Fascinating, unique and even mesmerising at times,  David Middendorp’s Airman is an incredible collaboration of modern ...

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Virtual festival kicks off in style

The best is yet to come. That was the feeling of some artists and organisers of the 2020 Virtual National Arts ...

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Jazz star Simani ready to blow away online audience at the Standard Bank Youth Jazz ...

Presenting his original music at this year’s Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival for the first time, Mdantsane-born ...

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Innovative world of sound paints Nixon's descent into madness

Dimmed lights, drink in hand, headphones on and a cigarette (depending on how much you are willing to pay for the ...

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New Arts Fest director is up for the challenge

Bringing a new and fresh dynamic to the annual National Arts Festival is the aim of newly appointed artistic director ...

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Arts Festival CEO resigns, leaves indelible mark

National Arts Festival chief executive Tony Lankester has resigned after 12 years at the helm of the continent’s ...

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East Cape artists win a host of awards at Makhanda fest

The Eastern Cape showcased some of the best home-grown talent at the National Arts Festival this year. The festival saw ...

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Seeing art through different lenses

So what constitutes art? I’ve often been asked this in recent months. I helped to curate a digital arts festival, ...

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