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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
For more information visit website: www.riseandfallofapartheid.org
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.