ASSITEJ 19th World Congress to be hosted in SA

ASSITEJ SA is proud to announce that for the first time, an ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival will be held on African soil in May 2017. The bid to host this prestigious event, which is themed “Cradle of Creativity”, referring to the position of South Africa as the Cradle of Mankind and the Congress as a space for nurturing innovation and creativity in theatre for young audiences, was successfully delivered by Lali Dangezela (Shakexperience), Ismail Mahomed (National Arts Festival and Deputy Chair of ASSITEJ SA) and Rosie Katz (on behalf of the National Arts Council of South Africa). There was an overwhelming vote of confidence from the countries attending the 18th Congress in Warsaw, Poland, with 151 votes or 96,2% in favour of the South African hosting. The bid was supported by Wesgro, The Conference Company and the National Arts Council. A short film made especially for the bid was shown, and was very well-received by the delegates:

To take advantage of this vital networking opportunity, a lively and highly energised African party was hosted in Warsaw with the support of the Arts & Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity. The South African Embassy in Warsaw was extremely pro-active and engaged, and Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Rasheeda Adam, attended the party and spoke warmly in support of the bid. African delegates from Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Angola also spoke in support of the bid coming to South Africa and pledged their involvement in the preparations towards the first African World Congress. (more…)

BASA reveals biannual Artstrack findings

Business and Arts South Africa’s has revealed a double digit growth in arts sponsorship, in spite of the tight economic conditions faced by companies over the past two years.

Specifically, the research predicts that an estimated R438 million was spent on arts sponsorships in 2013 – an 11 percent growth on the R394 million spent in 2011, as measured by BMI Research. (more…)

Creating a game-changing dynasty

Creating a game-changing dynasty

by Lebogang Mdlankomo –

One of the meanings of the word dynasty is ‘a bloodline or ancestral line’, and Emmanuel Aboagye’s business Dynisty Entertainment (spelt with an “i”) wants to help groom artists to form part of a successful lineage.

The Dynisty team thrives on motivating artists, as the company’s motto “Inspired people, inspire people” suggests. Music.Com – an online platform they are creating with funding from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity – is designed to help artists build their careers.  (more…)

What’s art got to do with it?

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Art, Democracy & Development by S. Şerban Scrieciu –

The arts have a big role to play in democracy and development. Take for instance the role of art as a form of protest, a form of criticism to the address of perceived injustices. Art can give voice in a more subtle way or in a straightforward explosion to frustrations, anger, and suffering.

Think of cases from literature where writers have responded to or warned of the dangers of undemocratic rule and repressive policies of authoritarian regimes. Examples include the Ukrainian writer Mikhail Bulgakov or the English novelist and essayist George Orwell (both active in the first half of the twentieth century), who have undermined and ridiculed (Soviet-inspired) totalitarian practices. (more…)

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