The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards. The five winners of the ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards will each be interviewed by our phenomenal Emcee, KayaFM DJ Bridget Masinga.
With just over a month to go before the 20th anniversary edition of The ACT Awards, which takes place at the Sun International Maslow Hotel in Sandton Johannesburg on the 17th November 2017, ACT is thrilled to be able to give our awards audience a first-hand account of the stories of our incredible Lifetime Achievement Award winners. On the evening, a total of six awards will be given out. This includes the five Lifetime Achievement Award winners listed below, as well as the announcement of the ImpACT award winner from our four finalists. Unlike the Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners, the ImpACT Award winner will only be revealed on the evening of the 17th of November 2017.
This is the fourth time the Intellectual Property Exhibition has been held. The idea behind the exhibition, initially, was to bring local Durban artists and crafters together to showcase their work and give the buying public a “home-grown” alternative to the mass-produced items shipped into this country from abroad.
The title “Intellectual Property” was decided on because it gets to the heart of the issue that local artists and crafters face; that is, a massive retail behemoth that continually harvests from the fertile grounds of the “small-guy” artist and crafter, and then ships the idea off-shore for cheap production. So the title is intended to encourage the viewing public to think more deeply about this issue – and hopefully decide to support local artists and crafters; instead of going for the “cookie-cutter” cheapies in the large retail stores.
Artists are invited to participate; we do not prescribe what kind of work they submit – our only requirement is that it is unique and falls broadly into the category of “gallery” work. This, we hope, results in an eclectic collection of high-end art and craft that show-cases Durban’s and KZN’s talent to the public.
This year the exhibition is an exciting mix of jewelery, painting, decor, craft, furniture, collaborative projects, fashion, music and performance – a bumper crop of unique, creative and contemporary work.
The exhibition opens 5th October 2017 at 5.30 for 6.00 p.m. and at The Plant, 5 Station Drive. The event is then open 6th October 2017 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 7th October 2017 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The opening and event are free and open to the public.
Please see the Facebook Page at Intellectual Property Exhibition 2017 and the Site at www.ipexhibition.co.za
CURTAIN UP – REMEMBERING THEMI VENTURAS
Colleagues, supporters, family and friends are invited to join us as we remember the life and work of a remarkable person.
Playhouse Opera Theatre: Tuesday 26 September at 6pm
Curtain Up: There will be a gathering to celebrate the life of well-known theatre all-rounder Themi Venturas to take place in the Playhouse Opera on Tuesday (September 26) at 18h00.
This weekend, The Youth & African Indigenous Languages Dialogue will be taking place at the Market Theatre as part of their Heritage Day Celebrations.
As part of commemorating the Heritage Month; Pillar of Strength Media is calling the young people of Johannesburg to join the dialogue on the importance of knowing; preserving and speaking African Indigenous Languages! The event will have speakers from the Academic, Cultural and Religions Sectors. The speakers will be sharing the history of the African Indigenous Languages, the current status of preservation or lack thereof as well as the future or road ahead. We will also have a panel discussions. ACT is very excited top announce that our CEO Marcus Desando will be partaking in a panel discussion about funding for indigenous language projects.
It is with great sadness that The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) bids farewell to it’s beloved former trustee, ambassador and award-winning Theatre Great, Themi Venturas.
Themi Venturas at the 2016 ACT Awards
Themi has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past few months. He was moved to the hospice yesterday (Monday 11th September 2017) where he passed away at 8pm. Themi is survived by his wife Trish and his two sons Matthew and Alexander.
The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg has launched a brand new state-of-the-art library, including a Gamebox and a creative innovation hub called Hub@Goethe! We are currently accepting applications from suitable individual or group creative projects and tech-driven startups for a free six month residency. This call is open to all creatives, innovators, developers and entrepreneurs above the age of 18 with specific sustainable projects.