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BY 30.06.21

A Fascinating South African Documentary on the Impact of Covid-19 on Artists Released

On 21 June 2021, a uniquely South African documentary, The State of the Arts – The Forgotten Industry, was released to coincide with World Music Day.

The film, directed by Adrien Conradie, provides original accounts of how artists, mainly in the music and entertainment industry, were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown restrictions. It weaves together the various accounts of how various artists were impacted, how they reacted and how they are dealing and continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic. It provides words of hope and comfort to the many artists, and indeed citizens, whose lives and livelihoods are negatively affected by this virus. It is worth watching this documentary at:

 

The Screen Sector Gets A Shot In The Arm

As many South Africans queue to receive a shot of Covid-19 vaccine, the screen sector got a shot in the arm with the establishment of a new fund to assist stakeholders affected by the pandemic. The fund, the South African Screen Sector Support Fund (SASSSF) has been established to provide urgently-needed relief to individuals, small businesses and industry organisations in the screen sector that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions. It also aims to assist and encourage the sector’s recovery, development and rapid growth post-Covid in the sector.

Billed as a ‘by the industry, for the industry’ fund was jointly setup by The South African Screen Federation (SASFED) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), with programme and technical support from Gray Global Advisors LLC (GGA).

SASSSI’s aim is to preserve screen sector jobs and the sector’s ecosystem in the wake of the pandemic and in the medium term, work with key stakeholders to support and encourage inward and local investment, the creation of sustainable jobs, skills development and transformation to deliver significant growth.  

The Fund will be administered by the country’s leading and oldest Social Investment Managers, Tshikululu who will be responsible for screening all applications to ensure they meet the application criteria. Those that do will be evaluated by an independent panel of adjudicators and Tshikululu will disburse funds to successful applicants and provide full disbursement and financial reports to ensure transparency.

The fund urged companies and individuals who have an interest in the sector or share the passion for screen content to donate to the Screen Sector Support Fund.

African Union Launches the Entry into Force of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance on Africa Day

On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, as the continent celebrated Africa Day, the African Union underlined and welcomed the Entry into Force of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance (2006). The Charter was adopted by the 6th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly in Khartoum 2006.

The Charter is a tool developed to empower African Union Member States to promote Pan-Africanism, cultural renewal and identity as well as strengthen their national policies and other cultural instruments which will in turn contribute to the achievement of the continent’s socio-economic and cultural integration, build sustainable peace and the fight against poverty. 

The objectives and principles of the Charter revolve around African cultural diversity, identity and renaissance. It also deals with the use African languages; the use of mass media; the role of states in cultural development; the protection of African artistic goods and services; intra and inter African cultural co-operation and African diaspora as key elements of African Cultural Renaissance. Hence it allows for the promotion of international understanding and economic dimension of culture and creative industries as major factors for sustainable development.

The Charter was launched as the 33rd African Union Heads of States and Governments Assembly agreed and adopted the year 2021 as the “Year for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Levers for Building the Africa we Want” theme.

In its adoption, the Assembly stressed the importance of Arts; Culture and Heritage to achieve the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 as well as those of its Flagship Projects.

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