It is all systems go for the Mapungubwe Arts Festival on the 17th to the 23rd March 2014. All other logistics are in place for the success of the festival to take place in the Limpopo capital City of Stars - Polokwane.
The week-long festival will kick start with the street parade/carnival showcasing the diverse culture of Limpopo from Department of Sport, Arts and Culture building - Olympic Towers to the SABC Park at 10:00 on the 17th of March 2014. The Street carnival will be featuring the following cultural groups: Penny Penny, Combo Maruapula, Rabson Rambuwana and many more.
Between the 18th-19th of March 2014, the department will host Mapungubwe Heritage theatre featuring Paul Rapetsoa at Jack Botes Hall at 17:00.
The gospel festival line - up of artists for 22nd March includes Winnie Mashaba, Worship House, Solly Moholo, Taki and Rofhiwa, Sifiso Ncwane, Rebecca Malope, Debra Frazer, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Sinky Mathe and many more.
closing date 14 March 2014
South Africa has a good story to tell, an amazing story about great triumph over adversity. 2014 is a momentous year for government and the people of South Africa as we tell the story of our democracy; a young democracy lauded the world over for bringing to one a once bitterly divided nation.
Since our democracy the public service has been faced with an enormous responsibility to provide access to government services to previously disenfranchised individuals and to do so in a manner that restores dignity and upholds Constitutional order.
Today we tell a good story of the past 20 years. It is a good story, all things being equal.
Access to Public Libraries
When I first read Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane’s Mzala (1980), a series of comical short stories about the misadventures of township life, the short story genre instantly became my favourite. At the time the author was also the vice-chancellor and principal at the university I was attending.
The year was 1995 and I was a first year student at the University of Fort Hare. Mzamane was the first post-apartheid vice-chancellor. It would paradoxically become the highest and the lowest point of his career. In later years he would confess that it was not in his interest to be at the helm of the university. He always saw himself as a teacher: he wanted to teach.
Morning live interview(video) Monica Newton on the Photographic Exhibition of the Rise and Fall of Apartheid. Watch the interview here. in this interview the speaker explains what is this exhibition is all about.
‘Rise and Fall of Apartheid’ features the work of more than 70 South African photographers and artists, including over 800 images, 27 films, and a book. in this clip Monica Newton. The six-month long exhibition provides a platform for conversation about how far we have come and the road travelled. It also provokes interest in the photographers themselves.
Business and Arts South Africa is issuing a call for arts organisations to become a recipient of the BASA | Middel & Partners SED Programme.
Inaugurated in 2013, the programme provides a simplified on-line platform for businesses to channel their Socio-Economic Development (SED) contributions towards arts and culture, thus maximising their SED points on their B-BBEE scorecard.
The beneficiaries must be arts organisations that are both registered as an NPO and have 85% or more black beneficiaries.
The Department of Arts and Culture has been mandated on behalf of the Republic of South Africa, to create and drive a two-year long mobilisation programme in support of South Africa’s celebration of 20 Years of Democracy and Freedom.
20 Years of Freedom is a countrywide campaign that brings together South Africans from different walks of life to celebrate our national pride and the achievements made since 1994.
As part of the build up to the celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of Freedom on 27 April 2014, the Department of Arts and Culture launched a series of 20 Years of Freedom countdown clocks at a range of public spaces such as malls around the country and at OR Tambo International arrivals.
Hope in history
An African proverb states that: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” Friday, 7 February 2014, marks the start of a new chapter in South African history whereby the “lions” are given a voice. Those who are forgotten will be remembered. They return to occupy a proud space in our collective memory. On this day at the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein a sod-turning ceremony takes place for the construction of a Garden of Remembrance, including a wall of names, to mark the suffering of women and children in the South African War.
The popular poet Masoja Msiza was the Programme Director, who provided us with exciting performances of some of his poems. A surprise element of the evening was when 12 years old Kimberly Malope, a bright and confident young girl motivated us.
The first Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Z Pallo Jordan initiated the project of reprinting the African Classics which were out of print, when he was appointed in 2004. He allocated the task to Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile, his advisor, who is still today the Advisor to Minister Paul Mashatile.