Let’s admit it, 2020 is a strange year, especially when it comes to going out. The entertainment world has been turned on its head. Thanks to this many mainline festivals had to adopt new strategies, adapt to the fact that public gatherings aren’t happening for the foreseeable future and that the way forward is digital. Here are some of those festivals taking place this year.
Virtual National Arts Festival
Formerly known as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the NAF had to evolve from an 11-day arts and culture festival 130 Km from Port Elizebeth in Makhanda, into a virtual experience. This in itself exposes the festival to millions of South Africans as they are able to join in and enjoy prime performances from the comfort of their own homes.
The Virtual National Arts Festival will, as usual, run for 11 days – from 25 June to 5 July this year. The National Arts Festival website will be the portal to the entire event. Each day, NAF will release a programme of curated events. To view the daily programme, you will need to buy a pass to unlock the events – some will be live at a specific time; others will be available to view when it suits you. There will also be a variety of works that are free, including art and craft galleries. And there will be a new open-access, pay-per-view platform for artists to sell tickets and show their work.
Standard Bank Innibos Digitaal
The biggest and lekkerste Afrikaans music and arts festival is going ‘digitaal’! The Standard Bank Innibos festival will see some of the biggest names in Afrikaner performance art, poetry, prose and music take over your living room all the way to the end of the year! That’s right, from 26 June to 31 December Innibos festival ‘goers’ can expect to catch shows and performances by artists such as Stef Bos, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, and Jak de Priester to name a few.
Theatre lovers are in for a treat as top local actors take to the stage to perform small to medium scale productions. On top of this all, Innibos has partnered with Jacaranda FM to bring you one of the biggest Afrikaans music concerts ever performed (digitally). Tickets can be purchased for individual shows and pricing starts from R40 and can be booked through Computicket.
On The International Front
Thanks to the fact that we live in the age of the internet, the world has become a much smaller place. With that we thought it would be worth throwing in a couple of honourable mentions, seeing as we are able to stream scenes from across the globe. Here are a couple of cool gigs and festivals worth checking out happening away from our shores.
Pearl Jam, Ben Gibbard, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Macklemore, Dave Matthews and more Seattle musicians are participating in the All in WA streaming concert to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts across Washington state. The concert, which will air on the local NBC affiliates, and can be streamed on Amazon’s Twitch channel. It will be available on Amazon Prime after it airs.
Josh Groban will relive his hits in an intimate career-spanning Livestream concert, exclusively for the Friends Of Josh Groban, while the general on-sale began 3 June 2020 on JoshGroban.com. Ticketholders will receive an access code to the live stream that’s good for 48 hours at the start of the concert. They can also purchase limited VIP bundles with special merch, including an official event tee with R90 of each sale benefiting Josh’s Find Your Light Foundation.
25 & 26 July
Tickets for Tomorrowland Around The World will be on sale beginning 18 June 2020. The festival is well known as a concert industry innovator by way of showcasing new technologies, immersive experiences and leading music acts at live events. This year’s two-day digital event is elevating the traditional music livestream format, which normally features DJs mixing in a studio or at home, to a new form of visual entertainment combining ultramodern video and entertainment technologies.