Media Advisories 2017 - 2015
Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the media to the launch of the 2016 Heritage Month under the theme, “Human Treasures and Legends: our Living Heritage”; our effort in asserting our unique African identity.
The launch will take place on Friday, 02 September 2016 at Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, Sophiatown in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
The NDP advocates that “Arts and culture open powerful spaces for debate about where a society finds itself and where it is going. Promoted effectively, the creative and cultural industries can contribute substantially to small business development, job creation, and urban development and renewal”.
Promoting Nation Building and Social Cohesion
This song is just one aspect of the war against racism, as history has told us before, arts and culture have a critical role to play in the fight against racism. Miriam Makeba in her seminal piece titled “African Sunset” demonstrated this, Hugh Masekela with his powerful song, “Stimela” once again demonstrated the power of arts in mobilising and conscientising society about the ills that confront society. Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya demonstrated the role that this craft can play. Arthur Mafokate’s song “Don’t call me Kaffir” took the fight against racism to newer generations.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will conduct a session of community conversations on 01 July 2016 at Malamulele in Limpopo. This session forms part of the planned community conversations that are scheduled to take place until 13 July 2016.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at the Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg deliver a keynote address on the role of the performing arts particularly music in advancing the anti-racism agenda. Minister Mthethwa will also at the launch unveil the Anti-Racism Song tackling the continuing salience of race and racism and the negative role social media has played in spewing the racial bigotry.
Bridging Ages is an international organisation focusing on the use of local heritage for the benefit of local communities. The Time Travel concept was developed by Kalmar County Museum in Sweden and is promoted by Bridging Ages organisation to connect and confront challenges of today and engage audiences to shape their future.
The Department of Arts and Culture invites you to the opening reception of The House of Truth, a bio-play that pays homage to legendary Drum writer and journalist, Can Themba. The play is premiering at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and is presented as part of the ongoing celebrations of the centenary of University of Fort Hare.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will conduct a series of community conversations from, 27 June - 13 July 2016 at Vhembe District (Thulamela & Makhado municipality), Limpopo.