The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners last night at the closing ceremonof the festival’s 35th edition at the Suncoast CineCentre Supernova, prior to the screening of its closing film, Million Dollar Arm. The announcement comes as the festival rounds off a very successful year, with significant increase in attendance with many films screening to sold-out audiences. Festival Manager Peter Machen says of this year’s event: “I was extremely happy with the success of DIFF 2014, and it was very gratifying to witness both the large amount of sold-out screenings and also the huge enthusiasm for the festival, both from local audiences and from the hundreds of guests attending the festival from around the world.”
This week the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Embassy of Argentina host the Argentinian Cultural Week in South Africa, to strengthen the exchange of creative ideas and human relations. Artists from both countries collaborate in dance pieces amongst other forms of art.
The Argentinian Cultural Week includes a line-up of exhibitions, dance performances, a theatre production and music collaborations. It is the first of many events to run from July until the end of 2015 as part of a continuing artistic exchange programme between Argentina and South Africa. “This is the first programme of its kind to be initiated between Argentina and an African country and we look forward to a long and creative relationship,” says Argentina’s ambassador, Carlos Sersale.
WHEN July 22–26
WHERE Various locations in Johannesburg
The unique, shared value created by business and arts partnerships is amply demonstrated by the nearly 60 finalists in the 17th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard.
Finalists in the 12 categories that were open for entry reflect an increasing recognition, by businesses of all sizes, of the role of mutually beneficial, equitable and sustainable business-arts partnerships.
It is that time of the year when the film and television industry prepare for the biggest event in the film calendar, The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South Africa’s custodian of film is calling on all local production companies to submit their entries for the 9th Annual SAFTAs.
Closing date: 31 July 2014 Outcomes date: 30 September 2014
The NAC has limited funding available to support 6-8 Special Projects of national significance that strengthen the arts and meets the enhanced strategic goals of the NAC for the period 2014-2018.
To this end we are inviting project proposals from organisations that have capacity and a proven track record in implementing large projects or programmes that grow or transform the sector in one of the following areas:
A country’s currency is a tangible reflection of cultural heritage and pride. Our currency in South Africa is a distinctive figure of our nationhood and a symbol of our culture and heritage. Over the years the South African Reserve bank has practised the issuing of commemorative coins. All South Africans have been able to share the successes of democracy and showcasing our national pride such as our indigenous natural habitat, symbols and figures in South Africa. Our coins and banknotes tell a story of where we come from and practically shape our future.
The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl, in collaboration with the Dorkas and Buzzy Beez Women’s Clubs, will present a knit-athon in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, on Saturday 12 July.
According to Catherine Snel, Manager of Heritage and Education at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, this initiative supports the purpose of Mandela Day to inspire individuals to make the world a better place by spending 67 minute of their time to make a change in someone’s life.
“We would like to warm the hearts of needy persons and help them to face the winter with a donation of knitted scarves, jerseys and blankets. We have already formed several groups who are knitting items in aid of this project. We challenge everyone to join us. If you can’t knit, we’ll teach you!”