Minister Nathi Mthethwa to launch the Johannesburg leg of the South Africa-Russia Seasons at Gold Reef City

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11 Nov 2016

The South Africa-Russia seasons taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria on 11, 13,14 November 2016,respectively will showcase the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. The Orchestra Osipov Balalaika is expected to take the audience through a temperate emotional journey and mystery. The second leg of  Russia-South Africa Seasons will also be held this year.

The Government of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of arts and culture on 29 April 1999, the agreement was ratified in 2008. Areas of focus include exhibitions, scientific and technological expositions and exchange, workshops, film cooperation and showcase, festivals, song and dance, gastronomy, tourism, cultural economic, institutional collaboration and other multidisciplinary activities.  During the BRICS Summit held in South Africa in 2013, the two countries signed a programme of cooperation. 

“This two-year long multidisciplinary cultural programme is aimed at creating awareness and at encouraging cultural, economic, scientific, educational programmes and a broad range of collaborative efforts between South Africa and Russia. The programme will also offer an opportunity to our local arts, culture and heritage practitioners to showcase their talent, interact and exchange best practices with their Russian counterparts. In this way we can encourage people to people-contact, build bridges that connect us and strengthen our bonds of friendship, internationalism and solidarity,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

It is envisaged that the partnership with Russia will lead to greater trade in local cultural and artistic products, access to new markets by our artists and thus contribute to the growth of our cultural and creative economy.

Russia played a key role in the liberation of struggle of South Africa and the two countries continue to enjoy strong political, economic and cultural relations.  

 Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date               : Sunday, 13 November 2016

Time               : 17h30

Venue            : Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg

Media RSVPs: James Mathibeng: 078 802 8851 /JamesMa@dac.gov.za

Media Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck; LisaCo@dac.gov.za/ 082 821 4886 or Teresa Magidela; TeresaM@dac.gov.za/ 060 601 7724