29 Sep 2014

Field Bands to amaze Johannesburg

On Saturday 11 October 2014, the sounds of brass, percussion, marimbas and steel drums, combined with the flash of flags and colourful costumes will reverberate through the Wanderers Stadium in Corlett Drive, Illovo,   Johannesburg, when the Field Band Foundation (FBF) holds its’ annual national championships. Six of the top field bands from around South Africa will battle for individual and team prizes before local and international judges – the culmination of many months of rehearsal and, in some cases, years, of preparation.

25 Sep 2014

The 2014/2015 MGE Open Call for Proposals has been concluded.  Please download the list of all successful applications by province and by category of applications. List of MGE 2014-15 Successful Projects

Please note that approval must be regarded as provisional pending:  

15 Sep 2014

Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward

Iziko Museums of South Africa, September 2014 view photo gallery

Whether you’re from Langa, Lansdowne, Lavis or Llandudno, Iziko Museums of South Africa are inviting all communities to connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at our museumsthis Heritage Week, from 22—28 September 2014*. Join us in celebrating our living legacy at the in_heritfestivala multifaceted programme of guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and much more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on 24 September only).

08 Sep 2014

It is that time of the year when the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) extends a call to South African Filmmakers to submit their films for The Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The Academy has opened a call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award inviting South Africans to submit their feature films for consideration for the 87th Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Category.

The closing date for submission is the 15th of September 2014. The South African Selection Academy Committee will choose one film as the country’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film Award. A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

To be eligible for entry:

08 Sep 2014



Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched Heritage Month 2014 on 31 August under the theme: “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”.

Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.

25 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries for students who wish to pursue studies in heritage courses. The bursary will finance both undergraduates and post graduates in the following fields:

Fields of study

  • Archaeology (marine, etc.)
  • Archives and records management
  • Conservation of the built environment
  • Restorative and preventive conservation
  • Collections (cultural & natural) management
  • Heritage resources management
  • Museum management and curatorship
  • Courses that contribute to the preservation and promotion of S.A. Living Heritage


22 Aug 2014

Applications are now open for arts organisations in Limpopo to become part of Business and Arts South Africa’s 2014 BASA Basics programme.

The six-month long programme is part of BASA’s newly developed three-tiered Education Programme.  Started in 2014, the initiative is an integral part of BASA’s commitment to developing innovative educational programmes that seek to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society. 

BASA Basics has been specially created for arts organisations and individuals wanting to start a for-profit or not-for-profit organisation.

It will introduce emerging artists to the legal registration options and processes available in terms of establishing an arts organisation. BASA Basics is additionally focused on enabling arts organisations to emerge from the programme with a workable business model that will play an important role in taking their organisation forward.

18 Aug 2014

Members of the heritage fraternity and the general public are hereby invited to nominate members for the Council of the National Heritage Council (NHC).

The Council will consist of at least five members, who will be appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture. For a person to be appointed as a member of the Council, he or she must have special competence, experience or interest in the field of heritage.

When nominations are submitted, it should be borne in mind that the nominee requires a broad understanding of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge and knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education and cultural/social research, and particular expertise in the field of work of the NHC, as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines.

18 Aug 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards Committee have extended the closing date for applications for the 09thSouth African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) to 28 August 2014. The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the NFVF, are an industry initiative governed by the SAFTAs committee and thebody of industry representatives comprising of the broadcasters, SASFED and otherkey stakeholders.

Only television and film programmes that have been produced and publiclyexhibited or broadcast between 1 Aug 2013 - 31 July 2014 and feature filmsproduced & publicly exhibited between 1 Jan 2014 - 31 December 2014 will beconsidered. Only productions that are entered will be eligible for consideration.

15 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture placed an open call for Cultural Events, Touring Ventures and Public Art projects in June 2014. Based on a new set of guidelines and forms a total of 936 proposals were received, of which (78%) were for Cultural Events,(14%) were for Touring Ventures and (8%) were for Public Art projects. The total value of these proposals was in excess of R1,1 billion - an amount far exceeding the available funds. As outlined in the chart below the largest number of applications was received from Gauteng (49%), followed by the Western Cape (11%) and Mpumalanga (10%).


The eight-member panel has concluded its review of applications and identified the following broad challenges: