OPEN CALL: Playwrights invited to attend the ACT Creative (un)Conference

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) invite playwrights to apply to attend a theatre making professional development workshop which forms part of ACT’s Creative (un)Conference.

The rigorous programme includes practical guidance on the costs of staging a play presented by award-winning playwright, Mike van Graan. Mike will unpack the challenges that independent theatre-makers face when getting their work on a stage and producing a touring production. read more…

OPPORTUNITY: ACT Project Coordinator Vacancy

(Fixed term contract for 4 Months)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), South Africa’s premier independent arts, culture and creativity funding and development agency based in Johannesburg is looking for a well-organised, creative and results-oriented Project Coordinator for a limited contract.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and providing support to ACT’s special projects and functions. The role requires the incumbent to be available on a full-time basis and be able to work no less than 40 hours a week for the duration of the contract. Proven skills in the areas of administration, event and logistical coordination are an essential requirement for the position.

The ideal candidate will have traceable experience in an arts and culture environment; the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced office setting; excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as well as an analytical mindset with problem-solving skills. A sound knowledge of the South African arts landscape will also be a key to success. read more…

OPEN CALL: 2019 ACT | DALRO | NEDBANK SCHOLARSHIPS

ACT DALRO Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships. Market Theatre
Photograph: John Hogg.

Applications for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships are now open to learners currently in grade 12 and to individuals under the age of 25 who have successfully completed grade 12 and are not currently registered for study towards an undergraduate degree.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to make an opportunity for higher education funding available to young South African performers and visual artists through the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme.

Young people intending on studying towards a performing arts or visual arts degree at a South African tertiary institution are invited to apply. Performing arts applicants are required complete the online registration form and then audition in the singing, dance, acting and/or musical theatre categories. Visual arts applicants are required to submit a portfolio of works as part of the online application process.

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Composer, Singer and Activist Dorothy Masuku Remembered

Dorothy Masuku

by Struan Douglas

Dorothy Masuku was born in 1935 to a Zambian father and South African mother and raised in Zimbabwe. All three nationalities were within her.

Masuku was born to make music. From the age of seven months old, Dorothy’s mother noticed that her daughter could never sit quietly and was always humming. By the age of two, she was already a singer and when relatives came to visit she would perform for them. “Singing was a disease that has no doctor,” Masuka described.

At 12 years old, she left her home in Zimbabwe for school in Johannesburg. The sound of this train journey informed her hit song Hamba Nontsokolo, recorded with the Golden Rhythm Crooners from Zimbabwe in 1952. read more…

2019 ACT Awards Honour Stalwarts and Young Professionals

2019 ACT lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sibongile Khumalo

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate excellence in South African arts, culture and heritage. Since 1998, the ACT Awards have been bestowed upon individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to cultural life in South Africa. In that time, the awards have become ACT’s flagship event. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton on 22 February 2019.

The 2019 ACT Awards honour legends, stalwarts and inspirations in the South African arts, culture and heritage sector, and are divided into two segments- the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. read more…

OPPORTUNITY | ACT Building Blocks 2019

Koko Motlokwa Beadwork

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites artists and arts, culture and heritage organisations to apply for participation in its Building Blocks Programme. The invitation to apply is extended to artists and entities in all nine South African provinces, but preference will be given to those not based in the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces. read more…

OPPORTUNITY | ACT Development Grant in Dance

Following the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme earlier in 2018, the Art & Culture Trust (ACT) announces an open call for the ACT Development Grant in Dance. Applications for the ACT Development Grant in Dance will be accepted until Wednesday, 24 October 2018. read more…

J.P. Morgan is launching the Abadali Art Collection Project

J.P. Morgan is launching the Abadali Art Collection Project in support of sustainable development of fine art in South Africa. This project will prioritise national artists from socio-economically disadvantaged areas and is designed to offer educational and entrepreneurial development. The art collected through this project will form part of a global art collection held by JPMorgan Chase & Co. read more…

The 2018 ACT Development Grant recipients in visual arts announced

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank are proud to announce the first of two sets of ACT Development Grant recipients for the 2018 funding cycle. Relaunched in 2018, the ACT Development Grant now features two calls for discipline-focused applications at different times of the calendar year. This first set of grants will be for projects and works with a strong visual arts focus. ACT CEO Marcus Desando says, ‘We as a trust are very excited about this new discipline-specific grant system, for it allows us to give opportunities to artists and organisations in a given discipline. This particular cycle has yielded an exciting mix of recipient projects and artworks and we look forward to seeing their impact.” read more…

Inaugural ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship Opens

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the inaugural ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship. This new scholarship will provide its winner with R 50 000 in tertiary tuition towards a degree in visual arts at a certified South African institution. ACT CEO Marcus Desando said “The scholarship programme serves as our part of the investment towards a creative industry geared towards the youth. It is very exciting that we are able to include visual arts as part of the scholarships and I am very grateful to Nedbank and DALRO for making it possible for us to do so.” read more…

Prince of the Creative World

Arlin Bantam – Scholarship recipient 2013

Arlin Bantam is more than a triple threat. Sure, he acts, sings and dances well. But his creativity goes beyond that. The Stellenbosch University Drama graduate has creativity coming out of his pores and clinging to every strand of his afro. read more…

Registration now open for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performance Scholarships

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme. Past winners include Arlin Bantam, Tankiso Mamabolo and Zola Myeza, among many other talented performers who are making a name for themselves in the South African entertainment industry.

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