11 Aug 2015
Are you an arts writer, broadcaster or photographer in traditional media or publishing online? Then it’s time to get your portfolio together, because the National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are calling for entries for the third annual 2015 South African Arts Journalist of the Year Awards (SAAJAs).
“We’re looking for journalists who help spark and shape conversations around the arts; whose passion for the arts is palpable in their work; and whose journalism is deeply rooted in the ethics of their profession,” says Festival CEO Tony Lankester.
Journalists – or their editors – may submit as entries portfolios of work or individual items published between 1 January 2014 and 31 July 2015. Competition content categories span news, feature and review work, published in either written, visual, multimedia or audio formats.
07 Aug 2015
The National Arts Council (NAC) will be recognised this morning (Friday, 7 August) by the Auditor-General South Africa, Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, for receiving a clean audit for the 2014/2015 financial period.
This is the first clean audit the entity has received since its inception in 1997. In addition to the award, the NAC has also achieved 90% of the targets stated in its Annual Performance Plan.
The NAC is a development funding agency mandated by the Department of Arts and Culture to develop and promote excellence in the arts by making grants to individuals and organisations. Clean audits are awarded on the basis of public entities being financially sound and managerially stable.
Unlike private sector audits, the Auditor- General’s scope in the public sector is broader, reporting on performance against predetermined objectives as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
31 Jul 2015
1 August 2015 marks the celebration of the African New Year (Selemo sa Basotho) with the aim of giving way to new life after the dry season, normally known as winter season according to Gregorian Calendar, relying on the position of the moon, the natural indicator of the season rotation.
The Basotho calendar commences after the last days of winter season in August/Phato known for blowing winds, clearing Mother Earth and refreshing the land with showers of spring.
The Basotho people celebrate the beginning of the year with different rituals, e.g. Mokete wa lewa- where celebrations commence after harvesting, to thank God and the Ancestors for the food harvested.
Outreach programmes aiming at awareness and adding flair to the African New Year Celebration and services of the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will unfold as follow:
21 Jul 2015

Once again the Field Band Foundation partnered with the Department of Arts and Culture to host the Regional Championships on Saturday, 18 July in Kagiso, Johannesburg. The Field Band Foundation was established in 1997 and as a Section 21 Company.  The Foundation provides a unique yearlong residential education to train trainers and help members become tutors in new bands.  They also participate in international exchange programmes where cross-cultural learning is encouraged. Members with disabilities and young girls are given the same chances as their peers.

14 Jul 2015
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will host a lecture on “South Africa of Mandela’ dream and memorialisation of our heritage” as part of a series of lectures to commemorate the Freedom Charter on Friday, 17 July 2015 at the Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Centre in Qunu. The event is part of Nelson Mandela International Day activities that are held annually on 18 July.
Celebrated under the theme, “Take Action - Inspire Change- Make Every Day a Mandela Day” the Nelson Mandela International Day aims to encourage people everywhere to give 67 minutes of their time to do good for others. This day symbolise Mandela’s 67 years of selfless service to the people of South Africa and the world in the course of his extraordinary life.
31 May 2015
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites all of the people in the Republic of South Africa, the rest of the African continent and the African Diaspora to join him in the inaugural Africa Month celebrations. Africa Month was launched by Minister Mthethwa on 1 April 2015 at Freedom Park, Pretoria.
21 May 2015

Ruth Mompati A2 Posters blogOn Tuesday 12 May 2015, South Africans woke up to the tragic news of the passing of struggle veteran and former Member of Parliament, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati. She was 89 years old.

20 May 2015
The Autshumato Translation Environment (ITE) workshop was held at the Department of Justice in Cape Town on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. The workshop was attended by 8 translators from the department and had the aim of teaching them how to make use of the Autshumato software to improve their workflow.
Autshumato is a collection of open-source translation software and tools that were developed by the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT®) at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. This software was developed as part of the Autshumato project and funded by the Department of Arts and Culture.