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Welcome Virtual NAF 2020 – #FestivalFromHome! NAF CEO, Monica Newton announced that the 46th National Arts Festival will go virtual. 

“The Coronavirus pandemic, which has the world in lockdown, has meant we’ve had to make some difficult decisions. Cancelling was not an option – we really wanted to find a way to make the Festival happen – for the artists, for our stakeholders, and for you, our audience.

Virtual NAF 2020, Monica NewtonSo, in a giant leap of faith, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. With the help and support of our sponsors, artists, and audience, the 46th National Arts Festival will be a virtual festival. We’re taking the Festival online, with digital content that will inspire, entertain and distract you – as well as provoke thought and discussion around some of the issues we’re all grappling with.

As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback – join our social media channels or send an email to”

Virtual NAF 2020

The decision to take the Festival online is a bold response to the restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a challenging time for ‘business unusual’, and we know that if anyone is up to an agile, creative response, it’s South Africa’s artistic community.

Held from 25 June to 5 July, the portal to the experience will be the National Arts Festival website.

Virtual NAF 2020Here, audiences will be able to experience streamed, live performances, pre-recorded concerts, virtual, immersive exhibitions, poetry and stage readings, interactive workshops and webinars. While some content will be behind a paywall, there’ll also be free content as the National Arts Festival is committed to reaching as many people as possible.

WHEN: Virtual NAF 2020 – 25 June to 5 July.

WHERE: welcome to Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) from the comfort of your own home.

HOW: through the NAF website   MapMyWay will also keep you updated.