Media Releases 2014 - 2010
Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile, is set to participate in a high level thematic debate on “Culture and Development” to be hosted on Wednesday 12 June 2013, at the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Convened by the President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the debate will discuss how culture can be used as an enabler and driver for development. It’s hoped the discussions will feed into talks on the Post 2015 global development agenda.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture mandated by the Provincial Government has chosen to use the commemoration of Africa Day as part of its social cohesion programme. MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha will spearhead Programmes building up to Africa Day raising awareness around issues of Xenophobia, gender based violence, rape, women and child abuse, drugs and substance abuse and lastly programmes of unity amongst citizens of KwaZulu-Natal. These societal issues cannot be over-looked, therefore a dialogue is needed to address them and find ways to eradicate them from society.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile, today launched the South African Season in France 2013 with the announcement that more than 800 South Africans, including artists, academics and sportsmen, are set to benefit from the bilateral venture which aims to strengthen people-to-people relations between France and South Africa.
Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla will give a keynote address at the closing ceremony of SA/India Festival in India on Saturday, 27 April 2013. The closing ceremony marks the full circle of the SA/India, which began in June to August 2011.
The Department of Arts and Culture together with the Western Cape Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport will host Social Cohesion community conversations in the Western Cape, which will provide feedback relating to the resolutions of the National Social Cohesion Summit held in July 2012.
These conversations are intended to share inputs and recommendations made at the national Social Cohesion Summit and get commnunity feedback.
Minister Paul Mashatile announced the members of the new National Arts Council in a well organised meeting this morning. Earlier this month, cabinet approved the appointment of the following people to the National Arts Council: Ms Mathodi Angelina Makwetla (Appointed the Chairperson – her expertise is Fundraising, please look at attachment) Prof. Gessler Moses Nkondo (Literature Policy); Mr Mohau Samuel Mphomela (Finance & Corporate Goverrnance); Ms Phylis Klotz (Dance); Mr Shadrack Bokaba (Music); Ms Nwabisa Mavuso (Community Arts); Ms Erica Elk (Visual Arts & Craft); Ms Seipate Bernice Dichabe (Music); Ms Nakedi Ribane (Theatre); Dr. Mordacai Nangakhulu Lidhovo (Legal) and Mr Bob Mabena (Marketing & Communication).
Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Paul Mashatile will give a keynote address at the Methodist Young Men‘s Guild Convention on Saturday, 02 March 2013 in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni Municipality.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has appointed the National Arts Festival (NAF) to curate and stage the South African exhibition at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. NAF's proposal “Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive” was selected from a total of nine proposals, all of which demonstrated high quality and a great wealth of ideas from within the South African visual arts sector.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile sends his congratulations to the filmmaker, cast and the South African production companies, involved in the making of Layla Fourie, a film which recently secured an award at the prestigious, Berlinale International Film Festival.
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown today expressed its delight at being chosen to curate and stage the South African exhibition at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia, saying that it would embark on the project with the best interests of our country’s artists at heart.
Acknowledging this event as the “world’s premiere showcase for the contemporary visual arts”, Festival CEO Tony Lankester said that participation in the La Biennale di Venezia was something that all artists should aspire to. “Venice is arguably the most prestigious and well-established visual arts showcase in the world, and having their work shown there is a major opportunity for our artists to get global exposure,” he said.