The South African Season in France 2013 is a tribute to the struggle for freedom and our choice of reconciliation over racial division. The South African Season aims to give the French audience a glimpse into our young democracy, but also to remember the efforts made by the country’s artists in fighting for freedom and democracy.
Although Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile did not attend the Paris opening of A Portrait of South Africa: George Hallett, Peter Clarke & Gerard Sekoto, he did share a message with the gathered audience. “With less than six months to go before we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we are proud and pleased to share with the people of France, who stood with us in our fight for liberation, the work of these artists who capture the struggles of that time so beautifully. It is important, as we mark our passage from apartheid to democracy, that we also give voice to our untold stories of that era”.
South Africa is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the reciprocal Seasons, which aims to give the people of both countries a better understanding of each other’s Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Until December 2013, the French public will be treated to a wide range of over 250 different projects, performances and initiatives across France. Cultural events will be combined with an array of events in other fields: innovation, science and technology, higher education, business, tourism, sport and languages.
The Seasons is in line with the Department of Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, which aims to raise the profile of the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector within the country and abroad, in an effort to create jobs, open up new markets and build sustainable livelihoods for those in the creative industries.
On 27 April 1994 South Africa cast aside centuries of discrimination and oppression to form a new society built on the foundation of freedom and democracy. It marked the end of apartheid rule and introduced a new Constitutional order, wherein all work towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.
However, we must never forget that our road to democracy was not easy and was achieved because of the unyielding sacrifice of thousands of patriots. The year 2014 presents an opportunity for the people of South Africa, the continent and rest of the world to join us in celebrating the South African story. Read more
Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile today accompanied President Jacob Zuma and his visiting French counterpart, Francios Hollande to a wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park. The ceremony at Freedom Park is part of the French President's two day state visit to South Africa.
In the picture above, both Presidents are seen signing the Freedom Park guestbook. Earlier today President Hollande and his delegation were officially welcomed to the country by President Zuma and his executive, at the Union Buildings.
Multilingual speech data developed within one of the Human Language Technologies directorate’s projects has found its way into an annual international competition.
MediaEval (http://www.multimediaeval.org/) is a benchmarking initiative dedicated to evaluating new algorithms for multimedia access and retrieval, founded in 2008. Every year it sets up challenges, and research groups anywhere can sign up and participate. One of these tasks relates to audio content queries: searching for a spoken word within audio content. It can be compared to a Google search, but the key words and content are speech instead of text. Furthermore, the focus is specifically on lesser-resourced languages.
The Department of Arts and Culture is developing the National Performing Arts Practitioners’ Database.
The Database will assist practitioners in networking and maximising exposure to the opportunities in the sector and as a tool towards the development, promotion and sustainability of the Performing Arts sector.
If you are an actor, dancer, musician, poet, comedian, producer, director and want to be on the National Database, please contact your nearest Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in your district.
Contact Fenny Makhubo on 011 257 8039/e-mail:email@example.com to register or to check
if your details are correct on the Database. You can also register electronically from 8 to 13 September 2013 click here National Performing Arts Practitioners’ Database
As part of promoting heritage in South Africa, the DAC partnered with the Department of Basic Education to initiate an indigenous foods recipe book project. Funding for the project was sourced from the MGE budget, and it was implemented by the Indiza Women’s Co-operative.
The aim of the book is to document indigenous food and drinks of the Khoi-, siPedi-, seTsonga-, siSwati-, siNdebele-, tshiVenda-, seTswana-, seSotho-, Zulu- and Afrikaans-speaking communities.
The birth of Mzansi Golden Economy brings opportunities for our young people in the arts and culture sector. A platform targeting some 1 500 young people will be staged to discuss these opportunities that will be created during the Youth Imbizo. The event – an interactive discussion with cultural performances - falls within the ambit of public participation programmes.
This year marks 37 years since the 1976 student uprising to protest the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, and which ended tragically with hundreds of young people killed by the apartheid government. The events are popularly known as the Soweto Uprising, or sometimes referred to simply as June 1976. The reason for associating it with Soweto is because it is in this area where revolts began, gained momentum and spread to other parts of the country.