President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday, 25 May that the new Minister of Arts and Culture is Mr Nathi Mthethwa and the new Deputy Minister is Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi. Read more
More than 100 scholars and academics from all over the African continent and the Diaspora will attend the 4th Annual African Unity for Renaissance Conference (previously called the Scramble for Africa Conference) and Africa Day Expo at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria South Africa from 22 – 24 and 25 May 2014.
The three day conference will be held under the theme: OAU/AU at 50 and Beyond: The Quest for ‘African Solutions for African Problems’ (ASAP). Read more
Nomination of Candidates to Serve on the Councils of the Department of Arts and Culture’s Declared Cultural Institutions Members of the arts, culture and heritage fraternity as well as the general public are hereby invited to nominate members for the Councils of the following declared cultural institutions:
• Afrikaans Taal Museum
• National English Literary Museum
• Msunduzi/Voortrekker and Ncome Museum
• William Humphreys Art Gallery
• War Museum of the Boer Republics
• Luthuli Museum
• Arts Cape
• KZN Playhouse Company
• South African State Theatre
A Council will consist of at least seven members each, who will be appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture. At least one member of each Council must have experience in financial matters.
Two films made by participants of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in South Africa will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, 15 May. This prestigious international film festival runs from the 14th to the 25th of May.
The UK film charity Films Without Borders (FWB) joined forces with The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, and worked with youth from townships and prisons in the making of the two 10 minute films in July last year. FWB taught these young people the first stages of film production and the result was two high quality short films: The Robertson Challenge and Finding Ubuntu /Townships Heroes.
The Department of Arts and Culture launched the 7th Annual National Archives Week at the National Film, Video and Sound Archives building in Pretoria hosted under the theme ‘Archives for democracy, transparency and accountability’’. The event runs from 05-09 May 2014. All nine provinces will have a programme of activities that celebrate Archives week.
Proposals are hereby requested for projects in Human Language Technologies (HLT) that are complementary to the Use of Official Languages Act (Act 12 of 2012). full HLT document can be downloaded here
The objectives of said Act, as stated in clause 2, are:
(a) to regulate and monitor the use of official languages for government purposes by national government;
(b) to promote parity of esteem and equitable treatment of all official languages of the Republic;
(c) to facilitate equitable access to services and information of national government; and
(d) to promote good language management by national government for efficient public service administration and to meet the needs of the public.
The Business Guide for craft producers, designers and other creatives, Click here to download your free copy
The Department of Arts and Culture’s Growing your creative business: A guide for craft producers, designers and other creatives takes you through each step of the process of developing, producing and selling your product – while building your business.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) together with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) has launched the Gates Foundation Global Libraries' Project in South Africa as part of celebrating the South African Library Week. The event took place on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria.
The grant from the Gates Foundation will enhance the already started work by the Department of Arts and Culture's Community Libraries Conditional Grant which provides internet facilities in public libraries countrywide. A grant of R32 million is set to guarantee more access to, and uninterrupted use of, internet services in communities across the country.
Earlier this month, local writers Finuala Dowling, Angela Makholwa, and Mongane Wally Serote were invited to attend the Confluences 2014 International Book Fair in Mauritius as part of the cultural agreement between the two countries. The delegation was led by author Siphiwo Mahala from the South African Department of Arts and Culture.
Mahala was interviewed on Morning Live about the trip and says that the authors were excited to find that Thabo Mbeki had joined them in Mauritius for the event.
Deadline: 30 May 2014
The IFPC was established in order to give 'greater prominence to culture in the development of individuals and societies and of strengthening international cultural cooperation,' as well as to provide 'assistance for artistic creation and cultural activities.'
The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is intended to promote:
- Cultures as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity;
- The role of culture for sustainable development;
- Artistic creativity in all its forms, while respecting freedom of expression;
- International and regional cultural cooperation.
Applications to IFPC are open to: