07 Feb 2014


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.

06 Feb 2014

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.

31 Jan 2014

UNESCO launches the fifth call for applications for funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).The purpose of the IFCD is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The IFCD supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily by facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.

Eligible programmes


1. Programmes/projects

For the purpose of the IFCD, eligible programmes and projects are activities that have been elaborated and are ready to be implemented. The IFCD will support those that are designed to:

24 Jan 2014

Applications are invited for projects of national significance that are involved in the creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, facilitate access to the arts and markets. Furthermore, applications that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields will be preferable. Projects that celebrate the 20 years anniversary of freedom and democracy are also encouraged to apply. Please note that projects involved in Literature, Visual Arts and Crafts will be invited during the course of the year.

Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply. Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.

23 Jan 2014

Once again, we were blown away by the exceptional talent of our emerging South African creative community. We received over 200 applications for our Emerging Creatives programme this year, and our curatorial panel of creative industry leaders had the near-impossible task of narrowing it down to only 42 for Design Indaba Expo 2014

22 Jan 2014

After acclaimed runs in Munich, Milan, and New York, Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography
and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life opens in Johannesburg at Museum Africa on the 13th of
February. It is an encyclopedic view of apartheid and photographic practice and represents the
culmination of more than a decade of research supported by the International Center of
Photography in New York, which organized the exhibition. 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.

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17 Jan 2014

Over the years the Pulo Ya Meropa Festival has been developing steadily and has attracted a significant audience of diverse South African indigenous cultural expressions across the country. Batubatse Le Maphagwana Crusaders have developed with Pulo Ya Meropa giving birth to Pulo Ya Meropa Cultural Development and Support Trust.

15 Jan 2014

Nomination of members to serve on the council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

A notice is hereby given that the Minister of Arts and Culture invites nominations of persons to serve on the Council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). Section 6(1) of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act No. 73 of 1997) states that the Foundation shall act through a Council comprising of no fewer than nine (9) and no more than fourteen (14) members. In terms of section 6(5)(a) of the Act, a member of the Council is appointed for a period not exceeding three (3) years.

The nominated candidates must possess a thorough knowledge or experience in the film and video industry or specialist skills which are not directly related to the film and video industry which can be beneficial to the Council. The skills in the following areas will serve as an advantage:

12 Jan 2014

Siphiwo Mahala reports on the Johannesburg memorial service for the late great African-American poet, Amiri Baraka, who was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and supported South Africa’s liberation struggle

A number of prominent South African artists gathered at Museum Africa to pay their final respects to American poet, playwright, essayist, novelist and civil rights activist, Amiri Baraka. The occasion was held on Wednesday 22 January, and organised by the Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the wRite Associates.

11 Jan 2014

Today we live in a globalised world, where distance and space have almost disappeared and communities and regions are becoming more integrated. The globe is becoming more densely populated.  Different cultures live side by side and come into daily contact with ea

In 1945 at the creation of the United Nations there were approximately 50 states in existence. Today there are over 200. The explosion in technology and development of all fields of human knowledge, distributed instantly around the globe by the internet and other forms of telecommunication, is at breakneck speed. One of the most powerful tools in influencing the opinions of global citizens is cultural diplomacy.