Subsidised Conference Registrations Available

Subsidised Conference Registrations Available

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is proud to support the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) and University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture Conference under the theme “Creatives Make It Happen.”  Funded through DAC’s Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE), the conference will create an opportunity for sponsored registrations to be available to creative practitioners from across the country. Creative entrepreneurs, representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as representatives of arts and culture organisations who are interested in cultivating an entrepreneurial understanding are eligible to apply. Recipients of sponsored registrations will be entrusted to make the most of their conference attendance in terms of gathering information, learning and interchanging ideas with other delegates with the view of making a contribution to their careers, businesses and organisations and/or the creative industries in general. In an effort to extend the value of the conference, additional student passes will be significantly subsidised, with an aim of empowering the incoming generation of industry leaders. Applications for subsidised registrations can be made via the conference website – this opportunity closes 6 February 2015. Regular registration for the conference is also invited...
Creatives In Conversation

Creatives In Conversation

As The ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference approaches, a free series of “Creatives in Conversation” will be presented at UJ Arts Centre on Thursday evenings at 17:30, from 5 February. The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA will present the third ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference in March 2015 at the UJ Arts Centre. Linked to the conference, a series of ten conversations with emerging and established creative practitioners will be hosted in the Upstairs Studios at the UJ Arts Centre. The first of five conversations will be hosted on a weekly basis for five weeks from 5 February leading up to the Conference, and the series will continue with a further five conversations following the conference. According to Fiona Gordon, Project Manager for this year’s conference, “The first four conversations are themed around the more traditional arts and culture disciplines, focussing on theatre, music, visual arts and dance respectively; with the final one opening up the conversation to contemplate the creative sector more holistically.” She continues, “Continuing the series after the conference will provide opportunities for those engaged in the creative industries to take the conference conversations forward.” The programme for the first five conversations is as follows: 05 February: 17:30 Warona Seane (Artistic Manager: Soweto Theatre) in conversation with Phillip Dikotla (Emerging Playwright/Performer). Facilitated by Brenda Sakellarides (ACT Ambassador and Director: Pink Room Productions) 12 February: 17:30 André le Roux (SAMRO Foundation) and Concord Nkabinde (Musician) will discuss best practice for musicians while Concerts SA will present findings of research mapping...
Creatives Make It Happen at 2015 Conference

Creatives Make It Happen at 2015 Conference

The programme of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference is focused around the theme Creatives Make It Happen; and promises an alternative offering to the usual conference fare. Due to take place in Johannesburg in March, conference delegates can look forward to engaging in practical ways with attendees, speakers and industry professionals; with a focus on cultivating business ideas and best practice in a contemporary creative South Africa. The third ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference will be a healthy mix of sessions presented by thought and industry leaders; and varied opportunities for more direct engagement with interesting spaces and practicing creatives who are ‘making it happen’. Each cluster of sessions will focus on a different aspect affecting the creative community, allowing those who would prefer to engage only with one specific area of interest to do so, if they are unable to attend the full conference. Because the creative sector naturally pursues alternative ways of thinking and doing things, this creates a stimulating environment; which can appear disorganised and incohesive – and therefore difficult to engage with for those who sit on the edges. Yet this focus on unconventional thinking is what builds the intrinsic value of the creative industries. This gathering presents an invaluable chance for people working at different levels and in different contexts in the sector to meet and learn from one another, in order to make better use of the opportunities available. From those driving policy and interrogating academic concepts, to representatives of big business and funding agencies, to those running or supporting formal and informal creative businesses; everyone involved...