National Arts Festival Fringe costly but key for independent theatre makers

By Heather Dugmore – Exciting, fresh new theatre-makers rely on the annual National Arts Festival (NAF) Fringe in Grahamstown to showcase their work. It raises their profile and it often leads to opportunities in South Africa and internationally. But it is expensive to be there, says independent theatre maker Philip Rademeyer who has taken his productions to the NAF Fringe since 2012. This year’s NAF is from the 29th June to the 9th July.

Philip Rademeyer

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Call for nominations for the 2017 ACT Awards

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting nominations for the eagerly awaited 2017 ACT Awards, which are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence in the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa.

Lifetime Award recipients 2016: From left – Johnny Clegg, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Albie Sachs, Dr. Wally Serote, Penny Siopis & Johaar Mosaval

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New leadership on board at the National Arts Council

The National Arts Council (NAC) started the new financial year on a good note by announcing a new board of Council members appointed by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). The new Council which was appointed following a rigorous selection process will serve the organisation between January 2017 and December 2020.

In the image from left to right is NAC Seychelles Mr Jimmy Savy, NAC South Africa Chairperson Ms Jabu Dlamini, Seychelles High Commissioner Ms Marie-Antonette Rose-Quatre, NAC South Africa CEO Ms Rosemary Mangope, Seychelles Deputy High Commissioner Terry Rose and Chairperson of the Provincial Arts Councils Jerry Mabuza.

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