South African Cultural Observatory
A New European Agenda for Culture - Working Document A New European Agenda for Culture - Working Document

READ the rationale for and outcomes of the process to put together a proposal for a New European Agenda for Culture which was tabled earlier this year. Preliminary research found that European Union citizens believe culture is the most important factor in creating a sense of community. But 36% don't currently participate in cultural activities, so increasing cultural participation would bring Europeans closer together.

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University of Leeds: Post Doctoral Fellowship University of Leeds: Post Doctoral Fellowship

ARE you an experienced creative practitioner and researcher, with experience of conducting practice-led research? Do you have a track record of professional creative practice, with the ability to employ narrative formats that have the capacity for reproduction/dissemination? Do you possess excellent interpersonal and team-working skills and the ability to work with colleagues from academic institutions and non-academic organisations?

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BASA Award winners announced at laid back event BASA Award winners announced at laid back event

TAKING place at Jozi’s fresh, new downtown venue, Victoria Yards, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) announced the winners of the 21st BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, earlier this month in September.

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Minister Mthethwa at unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue at UN Minister Mthethwa at unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue at UN

MINISTER of Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa was in New York on Heritage Day as part of the celebrations for a handover of a 1.9m statue of Nelson Mandela to the United Nations. The statue of South Africa's first democratically-elected president Nelson Mandela was unveiled as part of a Mandela Peace Summit which coincides with Heritage Day in South Africa. The statue is a gift from South Africa to the international community and is a symbol of humanity and reconciliation.

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Western Cape's premier dance festival returns Western Cape's premier dance festival returns

THE Baxter Dance Festival, the Western Cape’s premier dance platform, returns to the Baxter for its 14th annual instalment.

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Teksmark to include more English and isiXhosa Teksmark to include more English and isiXhosa

IT WAS announced at the 2018 Teksmark (Text market) that the Baxter Theatre Centre and the National Afrikaans Theatre Initiative (NATi) will collectively contribute an additional R200 000 to ensure the inclusion of isiXhosa texts to the already Afrikaans and English selections from 2019 onwards.

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Business and Arts South Africa CEO steps down after a decade Business and Arts South Africa CEO steps down after a decade

BUSINESS and Arts South Africa (BASA) have announced that current CEO, Michelle Constant, has resigned and will leave the organisation at the end of February 2019.

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Cape Town City Ballet appoints new chief executive Cape Town City Ballet appoints new chief executive

THE Cape Town City Ballet it is delighted to announce the appointment of Debbie Turner as its new CEO from 1 October, 2018.

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Iconic Moving into Dance still flying after 40 years Iconic Moving into Dance still flying after 40 years

MOVING into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) is a dance company that has stood the test of time. This month it presents Equinox 1 and 2 at the University of Johannesburg theatre in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Market Photo Workshop wins international award  Market Photo Workshop wins international award

THE 29-year-old Market Photo Workshop has been announced as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award.

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BASA introduces its Scale-Up programme BASA introduces its Scale-Up programme

Artists across South Africa show a deep sense of willingness to partner with businesses, but sometimes require guidance on exactly how to go about doing this. Through the programme, they will engage with shared value, research and building relationships that are sustainable to shift common thinking within the arts sector, and to expand their knowledge and skills within business exchange relations.

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New knowledge is power - A final word New knowledge is power - A final word

LOUIS L'Amour said, 'There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.' In many respects, this is the end of something and the birth of something new. Nelson Mandela University - and its partners, the Universities of Rhodes and Fort Hare - are concluding the three-year South African Cultural Observatory contract with the Department of Arts & Culture.

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