Dance Creatives in Conversation

This Thursday 26 February 2015 at 17:00, PJ Sabbagha will facilitate a conversation between Nadia Virasamy and Kieron Jina for the fourth in the series of free public engagements leading up to and flowing from the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference 2015. Picture (from left to right): PJ Sabbagha, Nadia Virasamy and Kieron Jina Please note that this conversation will start and end slightly earlier than the usual times, to allow those interested in attend the opening of Dance Umbrella the same evening, to do so.  Sabbagha is a South African choreographer whose name has become synonymous with issue-based dance theatre and more specifically HIV and AIDS focused art. He is founding member and Artistic Director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) and the annual When Life Happens: HIV and AIDS Arts and Culture. Virasamy began her career in academia at UKZN and then at UniVen for two years. In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Moving Into Dance Mophatong, one of SA’s foremost dance training organisations with a premier professional contemporary African dance company. She also serves on the board of the Newtown Improvement District as well as Lesedi Music. Named one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans in 2012, Jina is UJ Arts & Culture newly appointed Associate Choreographer. In addition to his work as an independent dance practitioner, he is also a performance artist, dancer, teacher, facilitator, director, fashion designer/model, cinematographer and video editor. Creatives in Conversation takes place in the Upstairs Studio at the UJ Arts Centre on the Kingsway Campus. Please RSVP to Precious via email at preciousm@uj.ac.za....

The #creativesmakeithappen programme

The ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference 2015 is presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJfm. The conference will run from the 8 – 10 March 2015, based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). For more information please visit www.creativeconference.co.za. Tickets are available via...

Breathing life into #creativesmakeithappen

In this video, ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference Content Director and Head of Arts British Council SA, Levinia Jones, and Project Manager, Fiona Gordon, reflect on their thinking in putting together the #creativesmakeithappen conference. The ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference 2015 is presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), UJ Arts & Culture and British Council Connect ZA, with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the European Union, the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015; and media partners Classicfeel magazine and UJfm. The conference will run from the 8 – 10 March 2015, based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). For more information please visit www.creativeconference.co.za. Tickets are available via www.webtickets.co.za. Attribution for music: Zest by basematic featuring urmymuse ccmixter.org/files/basematic/34457...
Creatives Doing it Differently & Owning it

Creatives Doing it Differently & Owning it

Own It, the third cluster at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, is aimed at helping creatives find new ways of approaching the business world. This cluster, taking place on the afternoon of Monday 9 March at the conference entitled Creatives Make it Happen, will be divided into four sessions that will host in-depth discussions with creative practitioners who have pursued different ways of engaging within their field. Looking specifically at curating creative output, creative social solutions, doing things differently, and connecting the dots; these sessions will give insight to artists and creatives as entrepreneurs and investors. The conversations all focus on different ways of cultivating business ideas and best practice in a contemporary creative South Africa. The first session in this cluster, ‘Curators of Creativity’ will focus on bloggers who began publishing online commentary on various topics of interest, and as a result, have built their sharing of ideas into successful online businesses. During this session, they will share a few of their secrets and how their gaze may have shaped online consumption. Following this, ‘Creative Social Solutions’ will see a panel of artists and social entrepreneurs share their successes and challenges in creating solutions for social needs; after which ‘Doing it Differently’ will present a creative panel who will share their ideas and experiences of doing business in alternative ways, allowing delegates and attendees to learn from their failures and successes. Lastly, ‘Connect the Dots’ will look at creative connectors and their processes of turning synergy into tangible opportunity. After using a different approach, carrying out successful campaigns by offering innovative solutions for challenges...
ACT and Nedbank offer grants to innovative pitches

ACT and Nedbank offer grants to innovative pitches

The ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, taking place from 8-10 March 2015, offers great opportunities for entrepreneurs working in creative industries. As an exciting addition to this year’s conference programme, creative entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to learn the art of the perfect pitch. Participants will then have a chance to put this theory to the test in a Live Pitch session, competing against fellow delegates for project funding totalling R100 000. “This year’s conference has a strong thematic focus on the creative entrepreneur, and we would like to help ‘creatives make it happen’ in practical ways as well,” says Arts & Culture Trust CEO Pieter Jacobs. The presentation offered during ‘Pitch Perfect’ session, presented by business guru Michael Rubenstein, will help the business-minded and inspired creative hone their idea-selling skills. Tying in with the conference’s overall purpose, the workshop will be utilised to present attendees with practical methods to maximise their own ideas, and how to put these into practice within their respective environments. Pieter Jacobs adds, “The practical application of theory is vitally important to the learning process, as personal experience often leads to a deeper understanding of a concept. ACT and Nedbank Arts Affinity are delighted to give conference delegates an opportunity to put their new pitching skills to the test.” Sponsored by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, three grants to the value of R10 000, R30 000 and R60 000, will be made available to the winning projects. Delegates registered to attend Cluster 4: ‘LEARN IT powered by Business and Arts South Africa’, or attending this cluster as part of...