Media Release: AstroFest – South Africa’s first Digital Astronomy Festival

The South African Astronomical Observatory will celebrate 200 years of existence as an astronomical observatory on 20 October 2020. As part of the celebrations, the SAAO in collaboration with Scifest Africa will celebrate Astronomy and Space Sciences in a joint Virtual Festival during the month of October.

AstroFest will see a series of small events each week in October culminating in the online virtual festival from Tuesday to Friday 20-23 October 2020. This week will see an exciting four-day programme.

Some highlights of the public programme are: virtual storytelling that was hosted by Dr Gcina Mhlope who dazzled us with beautiful narrations of the African night sky, evening talks – live, presentations and lectures on astronomy and space science, workshops for learners, parents and educators and a jointly hosted International Science Communication Workshop on Best Practices for Science Communication using Digital Platforms with the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Center

This festival ends on high note bringing science and music together on Friday 23 October in a spectacular show-off join the Global hit Jerusalema artist Master KG accompanied by a live stargazing experience.

Some of the organizations that have been invited to be a part of the programme are; The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory(NRAO), International Center for Radio Astronomy Research(ICRAR) and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics.

To find out more on the festival and please visit for information on the programme and to register for all events.