Bring The Kids To The NSA Festival Of The Arts 2020

The National School of the Arts Festival of the Arts celebrates its 19th annual event this March. The perfect family-friendly entertainment, this is a must-attend for parents and kids with a love of theatre, art and music. Don’t miss out on all the fantastic performances taking place at the National School of the Arts and their sponsor venue, Joburg Theatre, between 4 – 8 March 2020. 

The National School of the Arts (NSA) stands as a beacon of theatre, music and artistic excellence. Their students often go on to have successful careers in their field of expertise, as the school dedicates themselves to honing the talents of each of their students.

Each year during the first school term, the NSA presents their Festival of The Arts, in partnership with Joburg Theatre. Five days of pure entertainment for young and old, the Festival of the Arts is more than just a school showcase. Students not only get to perform and exhibit their work to their parents and peers, but to industry professionals as well. This means that the quality of their work is perfected to highlight their greatest talents. Across the board, from musical theatre to visual art, choral music and even fashion design, the NSA students bring their very best to offer you amazing entertainment.

NSA Festival of the Arts

Why Should You Attend?

Whether your child is a performer themselves or simply interested in engaging with their school setworks in a fun, interactive way, this is the perfect family-fun outing. Teachers are also welcomed to bring their classes to the festival at discount block prices. For more information about this, please contact Charmaine Stander on 011 399-6539 ext 208 or via email at

What’s On

This year, the NSA Festival of the Arts commemorates 19 years of bringing Joburg audiences the best youth arts festival in the city. The lineup for 2020 is astounding, with a wide variety of shows on offer. Here are our top picks for the season:


Hip Hop Hamlet

Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Hamlet, is the Grade 12 setwork for 2020. Often difficult to understand for students unfamiliar with Elizabethan English and the great existential question “to be, or not to be”, Hamlet is a challenging literary mountain to tackle for matriculants. Thankfully, the NSA have reworked this classic masterpiece for the Festival of the Arts 2020 showcase, bringing you Hip Hop Hamlet on stage at the Mandela Theatre. Masterfully weaving Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter into a rhythmic hip hop beat, a team of NSA directors and their students bring Hamlet straight into the 21st century.

Hip Hop Hamlet will be staged at Joburg Theatre for the duration of the festival. Click here for more information on dates, times and pricing for this show.

Hidden Language 

Hidden Language is the flagship production for the 2020 NSA Festival of the Arts. An immersive dance piece, Hidden Language delves into the biographies of the performers, asking what dance means to them. Choreographed by Sean Bovim and Mandla Sunnyboy Motau Ntuli, with the collaboration of NSA teachers and star pupils.

See Hidden Language on stage at Joburg Theatre between Wednesday, 04 March 2020 – Sunday, 08 March 2020. Click here to book your tickets.


The critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jean Guillou’s semi-autobiographical novel, Evil, will be presented as part of the NSA Festival of the Arts. Hot off their season at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, the creative team behind this gripping drama will set up shop at Joburg Theatre. Ready to thrill audiences with a tale about the abusive and oppressive world of institutionalised bullying, Jaques De Silva plays the lead character, Erik, who heads up a teenage gang after suffering years of abuse at the hands of his step-father.

Evil is an intense work, but its message is deeply poignant, especially in the age of cyber bullying. Bring your teens along to see it between Thursday, 05 March 2020 – Sunday, 08 March 2020 at Joburg Theatre. Click here for more information.

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“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

The NSA music department presents Music Makers at the 2020 Festival of the Arts on stage at the Lesedi Theatre. Featuring top NSA music students and guest alumni, this musical soirée is set to be an unforgettable experience. This is not to be missed.

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Elements 4IR

The fourth Industrial Revolution is the buzz word of the moment. Parents, bring your older kids to the Elements 4IR exhibition at the NSA Festival of the Arts to get a taste of their future. Featuring an alternate reality exhibition, as well as VR and robotics displays, this is a must-see for kids with an interest in the bridge between technology and art.

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Guest appearance: Sophie Labelle

Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from Montréal. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and has already touched millions of readers. During this special event, Sophie will share anecdotes and stories related to her work and experience. Don’t miss it!

Sophie Labelle will visit NSA on Friday, 06 March 2020 at 11:30. Catch her talk in the NSA Main Hall.

Click here for more information.

NSA Festival of the Arts


The NSA welcomes two of Joburg’s most renowned film schools of the Festival of the Arts in 2020. Both AFDA and the Animation School will exhibit during the festival. If your child is thinking of pursuing a career in film after high school, bring them along to see the fine work produced by these institutions.

For More Information

Visit the NSA Festival of the Arts website for more information about schedules, workshops and ticket prices. You can also follow them on social media:

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Details: 011 399-6539 EXT 208 |

Address: NSA – 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | Joburg Theatre – 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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