Media Releases 2014 - 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture will bring its South African Arts Festival 2013 (SAAF), a weekend of South African film and music, to Downtown Los Angeles for the first time, with free public events on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday October 6, 2013. The inaugural SAAF 2013 will showcase seven South African films and seven musical artists representing the diversity of the South African experience at free events over two days. Highlights include Saturday’s outdoor South African Music Festival at Grand Performances and a day of South African films screening on Sunday at Regal Cinemas L.A.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile launched the Heritage Month during a media briefing on Monday 3 September 2013 in Sandton. The theme for this year's Heritage Month is “Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our heritage”.
Prior to 1994 our museums and monuments were accessible only to a few and reflected the experiences and political ideals of the minority. Through this theme the DAC seeks to reaffirm and promote Liberation Heritage as an integral part of South Africa`s living heritage to the youth, in particular the “born free” generation.
Promoting and sharing the joy of reading books lies at the core of the South African Book Development Council(SABDC), in association with the Department of Arts and Culture, as they announce National Book Week 2013 (NBW), which is to be celebrated nationwide from 2-7 September 2013.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to address the two-day summit on Social Cohesion and Moral Regeneration under the theme: “working towards creating a caring, just and humane society”. The summit will be held at the Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mahikeng on 29 and 30 July 2013.
Johannesburg:The South African Season is well underway in France, with excitement building ahead of celebrations to mark former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July. With South Africa marking July as Mandela Month, we are sharing some Madiba magic with our French counterparts, including encouraging them to support Nelson Mandela International Day, by giving 67 minutes of their time to a worthy cause.
Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ), will be marking international Mandela Day 2013, in Thokoza Park at 7.30am by nominating the White Stinkwood planted by Nelson Mandela in 2008, as a champion tree.
The Department of Arts and Culture hosted a workshop to present a revised draft White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage to its stakeholders on 12 July 2013.
The 9th edition of FESPAM (Pan-African Music Festival), under the theme African Music, Vector of Authenticity and Factor of Emergence will take place from 13 to 20 July in Brazzaville, Congo. FESPAM is a cultural and scientific event held every two years to promote African and diaspora music.
The Deputy - Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Joe Phaahla will speak at a meeting of Committee of Ministers for arts and culture in the SADC region. The meeting hosted by the Minister of Culture in Mozambique, Mr.Joao Artur, will take place on Friday, 05 July 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. The aim of the meeting is to appraise the current role of arts and culture in the process of integration and sustainable development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the significance of the cultural industries contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Pretoria - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised a ground-breaking and spectacular inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day at the FNB stadium on Saturday, 17 August.