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 In an attempt to work around all the Covid-19 implications and restrictions, NAF is coming back to life as a hybrid event with a more intimate look and feel - evoking the nostalgia from yesteryear Festivals and providing an elevated quality of guest experience.

 The curated programme and Fringe will be centred around the Monument and larger venues which will be strictly Covid-19 complaint as well as utilising outdoor venues.

 We can look forward to an action packed programme that will feature the following:

·         Eastern Cape Showcase

·         Standard Bank Young Artists 2020 and 2021

·         Distell National Scriptwriting Competition award winner

·         Standard Bank Jazz Festival

·         The Fringe

·         The curated programme

·         Masicule 2021

·         The Village Green – hosted on a smaller scale

 Who can we expect at the Festival this year?

The audiences are expected to be ardent festinos from across the country and predominantly day-trippers and weekenders from Eastern Cape. It is anticipated that the audience will be cost-conscience and unlikely to have the resources spend as in previous years.


 Live edition

It will take place in Makhanda from 08-18 July 2021, should the Covid-19 restrictions allow it.

 Online Festival

To feature work created for online audiences, video on demand and live streamed work that will be presented in parallel with the live festival but which will also have an extended duration from 08 July into August 2021.

 Decentralised live festival events

To take place in venues across the country from mid-June presenting work for small audiences and recording/live streaming culminating in a weekend of works presented at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg from 01-04 July should the Covid-19 restrictions allow for such.

 2020 Virtual National Arts Festival at a glance:

Media coverage:

R146 million in media coverage across print, electric and social media platforms.


South Africa: 77.6%:

International: 22.4%

Other African countries including Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Mozambique: Over 1 550 visitors


83 126 users visited the site viewing 938 825 pages.


270 Productions featuring an estimated 1 620 artists and crew

144 vFringe productions and 46 exhibitions

37 temporary jobs created

260 crafters, makers and vendors on the Virtual Green.


21 078 items sold

 Social media

79 903 social media users on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.