Friday, April 17, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWS: Unpacking the Virtual National Arts Festival

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 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.      


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 


Standard Bank Home Studio Live

Standard Bank Arts is presenting a weekly live performance series featuring Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners. The lockdown sessions kicked off last night with bassist, composer and producer Shane Cooper (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2013). You can catch pianist and unique vocalist Thandi Ntuli (SBYA 2018) on Thursday 23 April and one of South Africa's premier jazz double bass and electric bass players Benjamin Jephta (SBYA 2017) on Thursday 7 May.