15 Nov 2013

Invitation to Top Crew Be a " FilmMaket" Auditions, 16 Nov at the Diepsloot Community Hall. These is the initiative of Top Crew Home Brew Movies in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture. [read more]

04 Nov 2013

la Foire Gastronomique de Dijon
November 2013

The 83rd International Dijon Gourmet Fair opened in Paris last night, 31 October, and runs until 11 November, 2013. South Africa, along with the wine-growing region of the Western Cape, has been dubbed the ‘guest of honour’. The country’s rich history, heritage, landscape, architecture, cultural diversity, authentic gastronomy, and centuries-old vineyards make it an attractive destination to the French audience.

The gastronomy fair’s highlight will be the South African Cultural Pavilion, where South African Tourism France will promote the country’s gastronomy, art and crafts, and tourism infrastructures, as well as showcase a selection of wines representative of the Western Cape Province’s production.

31 Oct 2013

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”.

30 Oct 2013

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.

18 Oct 2013

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

14 Oct 2013


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.

30 Sep 2013

Multilingual speech data developed within one of the Human Language Technologies directorate’s projects has found its way into an annual international competition.

MediaEval ( 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.

06 Sep 2013

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/ 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

13 Jun 2013

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.