Artsvark Daily Diary – Day 7 – National Arts Festival 2019

45th National Arts Festival

With the 45th edition of the National Arts Festival having reached the halfway mark, in today’s Daily Diary we’ll be giving you a rundown of some of the stand-out performances in this year’s Festival that are still showing that you should definitely see today.

Visual Art:
One of the most exciting pieces of art we’ve seen at this year’s Festival is Electric Ladies by Caddelle. Making use of augmented reality to capture the essence of the painting makes for an interesting and unique concept in visual art. Through the use of the Artivive app, the static work of art is transformed into a moving installation. The exhibit can still be viewed daily at the Thomas Pringle Hall at the 1820 Settler’s Monument until the close of Festival.

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Family Theatre:
Start off the morning with the South African adaptation of a very famous children’s book iGruffalo at 10:00 at the Glennie Hall. The production staged completely in isiXhosa will transport adults back in time and give the younger audience a treat at seeing a classic in a new light.

At 12:00 you can see Flying Solo at the Memory Hall, starring amongst others Ameera Patel who has been dazzling at this year’s Festival with the productions she’s starring in.

Internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir are making their debut performance at the National Arts Festival with this performance at the Guy Butler Theatre at 10:00.

Round off your evening with the best jazz the Eastern Cape has to offer with the Eastern Cape Jazz Showcase at 19:00 at the Nombulelo Hall. Having showcased names such as Mandisi Dyantyis last night, this is definitely an experience to behold.

Music Theatre:
12:00 sees the performance of Story of the African Choir, a story about a Christian Choir on a mission to raise funds for schools in the Eastern Cape. Once in England a more complex set of motives for the trip emerged and made them question their own identity as the Black educated elite. Directed by Napo Masheane and with music composed by Ntsika Ngxanga famously from The Soil, Story of the African Choir is showing at the Glennie Hall.

Written by 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Amy Jephta, she explores displacement in her new play, All Who Pass. The work time-travels between a 1974 eviction and a 2019 restitution. Should you miss the performance at 14:00, you can catch the final performance at 20:00 at the Rhodes Box.

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