The biggest Arts Festival in Africa has decided to go virtual for 2020. The National Arts Festival will be hosted online this year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The festival held each year in Makanda (formerly Grahamstown) in the Eastern Cape, brings together artists from across the country and the globe to entertain in June and July.
Festival CEO Monica Newton made the decision after President Cyril Ramaphosa banned all gatherings exceeding 100 people. The festival decided on this solution as they didn’t want the artists and the arts to lose support just because people would not be able to attend in person.
“Going virtual will mean that the Festival can continue to support artists and the arts in 2020, by presenting work within a digital space. This way we can share some magic and hope with those who may still be confined to their homes. An opportunity to connect when we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another.”
The first-ever virtual National Arts Festival will be held from 25 June to 5 July 2020.
“We will let you know more in the next few weeks about what will be on offer and how this will all work.” she said.