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.

11 Jan 2014

Music lovers at Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival, held at the Buffalo Park Cricked Stadium in East London with the support of the Department of Arts & Culture, danced the night away as they were entertained by various African sounds. Buyel’ekhaya is an annual festival held in the Eastern Cape Province. The 2013 celebration came immediately after the passing away of former President Nelson Mandela. This formed part of the series of events held as tribute towards Tata Madiba.

The East London community, young and old, made their way to the stadium in numbers, carrying cooler bags, ready to spend a night enjoying themselves and celebrating the life of the greatest leader of our times, while being mesmerised by the home brewed rhythms of our African music. To kick start the festival, local artists enthralled the audience with their lively sounds and moves.

11 Jan 2014

The ceremony commenced with Cape Town being featured boldly with an image of the famed city’s Table Mountain raised on a canvas backdrop. The ceremony also celebrated some of the location’s top attractions such as carnival, fashion, jazz by energetic Cape Town dancers featuring renowned guitarist, Jimmy Dludlu. The SA navy band led a parade of flags from the 16 nations competing in the tournament - Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe and hosts South Africa.

10 Jan 2014

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will be hosting the third Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 in South Africa from 11 January 2014 to 1 February 2014. A total of 16 nations, including the host nation South Africa, will be contesting to be crowned as champions for the CHAN.



The opening ceremony will take place in Cape Town on 11 January and will celebrate: