Minister Nathi Mthethwa launches the South African Cultural Season in Russia and attends International Summit on World Cultural Heritage in Danger in Abu Dhabi

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30 Nov 2016

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, formally launched the South African cultural season in Russia starting with an opening concert in Moscow on the 29th November which featured 40 South African Artists. 

On the 30th November Minister will unveil commemorative cenotaphs at the grave sites where the stalwarts, JB Marks and Moses Kotane, had been buried prior to the repatriation of their remains to South Africa. 

The cultural season with Russia is one of the tangible results of South Africa and Russia signing a Programme of Cooperation (POC), during the BRICS Summit in 2013, in South Africa. The POC covers the following areas of collaboration:  Museums, Archives, Libraries, Performing Art and Film.  A Russian cultural season commenced in South Africa in November this year with performances by the world-famous Ossipov Academic Folk Orchestra taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

Minister Mthethwa will then proceed to the International Summit on World Cultural Heritage in Danger on 2-3 December in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where he will deliver an address. The Conference focuses  on safeguarding heritage in conflict areas, lays emphasis on the importance of cultural heritage protection and conversation, and establishing commitments and practical means to effectively safeguard endangered movable and immovable cultural heritage.

For more information, please contact Lisa Combrinck 082 821 4886 / email: lisaCo@dac.gov.za