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Dr Serote to speak at #CreativeUprising Conference

Iconic poet and struggle veteran Dr Mongane Wally Serote will recall his experience of ‘Weaponizing Words for Political Change’ at the ACT| UJ Creative Conference. The ACT|UJ Creative Conference is pleased to announce that the #CreativeUprising programme will include a free session, during which Dr Serote will deliver a thought provoking address. The session will take place in the Main Theatre at Arts Centre located on the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park. This open session, scheduled to take place from 16h00 – 19h30 on Thursday 27 July 2017, will comprise two parts. The Lekgotla starting promptly at 16h00 will feature The Department of Basic Education and The Department of Arts and Culture. Audience members are invited to bring their questions to this forum, followed by a short break after which Dr Serote will deliver the day’s closing address. Dr Serote is no stranger to the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature at the 19th Annual ACT Awards, The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards seek to honour South African greats whose continued work in their respective fields have significantly shaped and changed the arts and culture industry in South Africa. Last year, Serote was celebrated alongside Penny Siopis (Visual Art), Johaar Mosaval (Dance), Adv. Albie Sachs (Arts Advocacy), Johnny Clegg (Music) and Pieter Dirk-Uys (Theatre).   This year’s #CreativeUprising Conference considers arts education and arts in education in its current state and possible futures. “We could not think of a more fitting speaker to encourage the youth to speak out and use the power of their voices, than Dr Serote,” says... read more


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Our #ACT20AWARDS are coming up in just over a month and we couldn't be more excited if we tried! This year, we are announcing our Lifetime Achievement Award Winners before the event in order for YOU to get know them a little better before the glitz & glam that is the awards evening. Well done to: Adele Blank for Dance (Sponsored by Jti) Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler of The Handspring Puppet Company for Visual Arts (Sponsored by Nedbank) DOROTHY MASUKU for Music (Sponsored by SAMRO) Lindiwe Mabuza for Arts Advocacy (Sponsored by Creative Feel) James Matthews for Literature (Sponsored by Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO)) For the next week, we will be running a feature on each winner - so be sure to stay tuned to ACT and get your awards tickets ASAP!

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As promised.. today we're starting our Post-Conference video series! First episode: Prof Kennedy Chinyowa from TUT ow.ly/xJR230fg9B9 ... See MoreSee Less

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#CreativeUprising Conference FOMO? It's been just over two months since the ACT|UJ Creative Conference took place in Johannesburg. If you missed this incredible event or simply want to relive the moments, we are pleased to announce that we will be releasing the videos from the Conference sessions! #MoreAccess. Stay tuned to our Facebook page tomorrow as we release the first one! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we're feeling innovative, creative and brave at the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival hosted in conjunction with Connect ZA. Stay tuned for pictures and updates! ... See MoreSee Less

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