06 Nov 2014

After a protracted process of adjudication, the Adjudication Panel of the South African Literary Awards have picked 19 finalists out of 123 authors who submitted their books for the 9th edition of the popular SALA Awards, across all the official languages in South Africa.

“We are delighted at the growth of these prestigious South African Literary Awards”, said Prof Zodwa Motsa, Chairperson of the South African Literary Awards Advisory Board.

The 2014 South African Writers Literary Awards winners, including the recipient of the Chairperson Award, will be announced at the ninth annual SALA Awards Gala Dinner at the state-of-the-art National Library of South Africa, Tshwane, on Friday, 7 November 2014.

Following are the SALA 2014 finalists per category:

  1. Poetry Award

Themba Patrick Magaisa (Mihloti Ya Tingana); Khulile Nxumalo (Fedzi); Kobus Moolman (Left Over); Thandi Sliepen (The Turtle Dove Told Me).

30 Oct 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling on the next quarterly submissions of applications for funding in the areas of training, marketing and distribution support, script development and production financing. Deadline date for applications is the 5th of December 2014.

All applicants are advised to carefully study the criteria and submission requirements in all areas for which funding is being sought. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered for the following quarterly meeting of council.

The following categories will be considered for production and development funding:

29 Oct 2014
Business and Arts South Africa is calling for Johannesburg based arts organisations to apply to be part of the upcoming BASA Boardbank event in partnership with Africa Empowered.
Taking place on November 20th at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, the event is tailor-made for arts organisations that are currently looking for board directors in a variety of capacities.
Among these are marketing, finance, strategy, legal, HR and operations – all key aspects in ensuring new, fledging, or even long-standing arts organisations are run in a sustainable way that is mindful of corporate governance issues.
21 Oct 2014

As we mark the 20th anniversary of our democracy and freedom, we must take a moment to reflect on the road travelled by some of the most outstanding cultural leaders to have come out of the townships.

The life and times of Bongani Tembe are a classical example that it does not matter where you come from but it is where you are going that matters. He is widely acknowledged and recognised as the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

17 Oct 2014

The British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture are launching an open call for proposals from artists and institutions to be part of the SA-UK Seasons project, a shared programme of activities, opportunities and communications. Selected proposals will receive a grant to activate existing relationships or create new connections within the arts. The call for submissions will run from 14 October until 23 November 2014.

13 Oct 2014

Deadline extended: 22 October 2014

In 2011, The Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union) and the Department of Arts and Culture entered into an agreement to collaborate in the domain of human language technology (HLT). We seek to support activities that will bring about mutual research and knowledge dissemination in HLT and to strengthen the ties and reciprocal understanding that exist between the people of Flanders (Belgium), the Netherlands and South Africa to the benefit of Dutch and all the official languages of South Africa.

The details about activities and projects that qualify for funding under this agreement are attached here.

The application form for exchange, training or meetings is attached here.

09 Oct 2014

Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in conjunction with the Gauteng Arts and Culture Council (GACC) calls on all Arts and Culture students for bursary application for the Academic year 2015.

Students will be assisted for the period of a 4 year studying cycle provided that they pass.

Download Arts and Culture Bursary Application forms for here​

To be considered, applications should comply with the following criteria:

- Only South African citizens residing and studying in Gauteng will be considered for bursaries.

07 Oct 2014

Discovering the deep – past, present and future 

Iziko South African Museum, 6 – 11 October, 2014

Celebrate our national marine heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). This year, Iziko will host a week-long programme entitled, Discovering the Deep: Past, present and future at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM).

30 Sep 2014

Proposed Language Policy

The Minister of Arts and Culture intends to adopt a Language Policy for the Department in terms of section 4(1) of the Use of Official Languages Act, 2012 (Act No. 12 of 2012) ("the Act").

29 Sep 2014



International Translation Day (ITD) is celebrated worldwide every year on 30 September, the feast day of St Jerome, who is the patron saint of translators. The day is recognised by UNESCO and is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of translators, terminologists and interpreters to communication and interaction in every sphere, particularly in today's globalised world.