Lakin Morgan-Baatjies

On 26 May, UJ Arts & Culture’s UNFESTIVAL SA was launched.

  UNFESTIVAL SA has now been extended beyond the initial closing date of 6 June to 14 June 2020.

  Head of UJ Arts & Culture Pieter Jacobs says: “Remember The Nothing from the 1984 movie, The Never Ending Story, directed by Steven Spielberg?  The Nothing is the overarching antagonist and primary threat of the 1979 German fantasy novel Die unendliche Geschichte and Spielberg’s 1984 film adaptation of the same name.. Imagine for a minute you’re an artist or a creative, well that’s what Covid-19 is, irrespective of which level of lockdown we happen to find ourselves in. This pandemic continues to be the overarching antagonist and primary threat to the livelihoods of cultural and creative practitioners, which is dependent on social closeness, not social distance.”

  UJ’s UNFESTIVAL SA is a symbolic concept intended to benefit students in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, and through partnership with BASA’s Artist Relief campaign, for the creative sector as a whole. 

  Cancellations of festivals, concerts, productions, exhibitions, events and cultural programmes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is a Sword of Damocles, hanging over the livelihoods of artists globally. 

  UNFESTIVAL SA is an opportunity to show up, buy a ticket at to see. Do the right thing and support the arts.

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