18 Aug 2014

Members of the heritage fraternity and the general public are hereby invited to nominate members for the Council of the National Heritage Council (NHC).

The Council will consist of at least five members, who will be appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture. For a person to be appointed as a member of the Council, he or she must have special competence, experience or interest in the field of heritage.

When nominations are submitted, it should be borne in mind that the nominee requires a broad understanding of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge and knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education and cultural/social research, and particular expertise in the field of work of the NHC, as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines.

18 Aug 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards Committee have extended the closing date for applications for the 09thSouth African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) to 28 August 2014. The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the NFVF, are an industry initiative governed by the SAFTAs committee and thebody of industry representatives comprising of the broadcasters, SASFED and otherkey stakeholders.

Only television and film programmes that have been produced and publiclyexhibited or broadcast between 1 Aug 2013 - 31 July 2014 and feature filmsproduced & publicly exhibited between 1 Jan 2014 - 31 December 2014 will beconsidered. Only productions that are entered will be eligible for consideration.

15 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture placed an open call for Cultural Events, Touring Ventures and Public Art projects in June 2014. Based on a new set of guidelines and forms a total of 936 proposals were received, of which (78%) were for Cultural Events,(14%) were for Touring Ventures and (8%) were for Public Art projects. The total value of these proposals was in excess of R1,1 billion - an amount far exceeding the available funds. As outlined in the chart below the largest number of applications was received from Gauteng (49%), followed by the Western Cape (11%) and Mpumalanga (10%).


The eight-member panel has concluded its review of applications and identified the following broad challenges:

15 Aug 2014

Naturally the discussion revolved around the SA Year in China 2014 and upcoming, reciprocal Chinese Year in SA 2015 as part of the Seasons, Cultural diplomacy partnership.

14 Aug 2014

Minister Mthethwa with the Nakasa family as they visit Nat Nakasa’s grave for the first time in 49 yrs - Ferncliff Cemetery, Westchester, New York #nakasahomecoming

The late writer and journalist, Nat Nakasa's only surviving sibling, Gladys Maphumulo, described his exhumation and repatriation to South Africa as a long battle that has finally been won. The viewing ceremony is the last opportunity to visit the gravesite before it is sealed for exhumation.


14 Aug 2014

The anthology of essays in the research report Nation Formation & Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africa could not have come at a better time than now. It is a striking and original analysis of the struggle for national identity, nation building and social cohesion from the 19th Century to date.

Significantly, it is directly relevant to gauging the progress and problems that we have made, especially in the last two decades of democracy and freedom. Indeed, it is an important contribution to defining and clarifying the unfinished socio-economic and political agenda of socio-economic transformation, nation building and social cohesion that is still before us, as a nation in transition.

13 Aug 2014

The National Arts Council invites post graduate students and registered education and training institutions that are involved in studies or provide tuition in the fields of theatre, dance, crafts, literature, music and visual arts to submit applications for bursary funding.

This invitation also extends to students applying for Bachelor of Technology degree in the arts. Applications invited are for individual post graduate studies and block institution bursaries for undergraduate students who will be studying in South Africa during 2015.

  • Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 16h00
  • Outcomes available on 10 December 2014

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made.

11 Aug 2014

The lack of clear guidelines pertaining to museums in South Africa is a great source of concern. The Department of Arts and Culture has therefore developed the draft National Museums Policy.  This Policy remains a key in unlocking the potential of South African museums.

11 Aug 2014

Former DRUM journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains are due to be interred back at home in South Africa in September after being buried in exile for close to five decades. The mortal Nakasa will be reburied in Chesterville Township to coincide with Heritage month.

Nakasa left South Africa 50 years ago on an “exit permit”—meaning he would not be allowed to return to his country— to take up the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and died the following year in New York. In honour of Nakasa’s significant contribution to journalism, DRUM and the Department of Arts and Culture present an opportunity for three university journalism students to win journalism internships.

08 Aug 2014

President Jacob Zuma will deliver a keynote address at the national Women’s Day Commemoration on Saturday, 09 August 2014 at King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi Township, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The theme for Women’s Month is “Celebrating 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Charter and 20 years of Freedom: Together Non-racial and Non-sexist South Africa Forward!”

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