Arts and Culture to host the first Dance and Theatre Indaba in South Africa

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28 Jan 2015

The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the South African Theatre Initiative (SATI) will host the Dance and Theatre Indaba under the theme “Towards A Unified Sector: Theatre and Dance in South Africa” on 30 January to 01 February 2015 at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni, Johannesburg.

In 2009 the Department of Arts and Culture with SATI embarked on an extensive provincial consultative process within this sector to research amongst other issues transformation, human resource development compliance, local marketing development, funding and sustainability of the sector. The study was due to the fact that although dance and theatre as a sector has enormous potential to promote economic development, nation building and social cohesion, the sector is fragmented and lacks legislative framework to guide sector development.

The objective of the indaba is to present and discuss findings emanating from the consultation process with the sector and develop a strategy that will inform the establishment of the National Dance and Theatre Task Team.  The Task Team will be expected to come up with a strategic framework that will inform the sector policy in South Africa.

Panellists at the indaba include Kid Sithole (actor and unionist), David April (dance practitioner and cultural activists), Warona Seanne (Artistic Director of the Soweto Theatre), Gita Pather (Director of Wits Theatre) and Kurt Engelhof (Director of PANSA and the Arterial Network).

The Dance and Theatre Indaba should be seen in the context of the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy (MGE). This strategy seeks to reposition the cultural industries in South Africa and enable the arts, culture and heritage sector to make a greater contribution to economic growth and job creation.

The event will take place as follows:

Date         : 30 Jan – 01 Feb 2015

Time        : 09:00

Venue      : Kopanong Conference Centre, 243 Glen Gory Road, Benoni, Johannesburg 

RVPs       :  Mthuthuzeli Nqumba: 082 934 2314: MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za

Media Enquiries:  Lisa Combrinck: 082 821 4886, LisaC@dac.gov.za