Inaugural African Arts Campus

  The African Arts Institute (AFAI) is hosting an inaugural African Arts Campus from 4-25 May 2015 at the Homecoming Centre of the District Six Museum in Cape Town to provide opportunities to learn more about the African continent. The Campus compromises 29 short courses ranging from one-off lectures to 6-session courses that cover the arts e.g. “Introduction to African literature” and “Congolese music in Cape Town” as well as broader contextual themes such as “China in Africa” and “Tradition and Modernity”. Arts Campus The Campus coincides with “Africa Month” (Africa Day is on 25 May) and provides an ideal opportunity – particularly in the light of the Afrophobic violence taking place in South Africa – for participants to learn more about the African continent. Learn about Africa by immersing yourself in its rich history and contemporary present, where you will be exposed to 30 evening courses and lectures presented by a host of experts, experienced professionals and university professors. The Campus will take place in central CBD locations (the Cape Town City Library, the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre) from 4-25 May 2015. The AAC entails three weeks of evening and afternoon short courses, mini-lecture series and stand-alone talks that focus on arts, culture and development in contemporary Africa. The line-up is varied and rich as it spans from contemporary culture to ancient history. The AAC also presents a host of cultural activities, film screenings, studio visits to artists from the African Diaspora (every Saturday) and musical performances, DJ mash-up sessions, heritage walks through and beyond the city. Click here to read more and register. Course and lecture...

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

AFRICAN ARTS INSTITUTE: CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING COURSE Eligibility: Cultural Entrepreneurs from English-speaking African countries Training place: Cape Town, South Africa Training date: 15 – 24 June 2015* As part of the broader African Cultural Leadership Programme, which has been running since 2012 in more than 41 African countries, applications are now open for suitable Learning Partners to join the 10-day Cultural Entrepreneurship Course in Cape Town in June. We are looking for creative business minds who have a few years experience as cultural entrepreneurs; are inspiring and creative; are innovators and risk takers in the cultural and creative industries in their country; and are dedicated to transforming and contributing to the sustainability of the creative and cultural sector. Being an active member of a professional arts network, such as Arterial Network, is an added advantage. This course seeks to nurture, mentor and empower cultural entrepreneurs to better their trade in cultural goods and services and at the same time, contribute to sustainable professional networks. The course will be run by MBA trained leaders, artist professionals and cultural policy experts. A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted onto the course, with full scholarships. The deadline for applications is Friday 08 May 2015. You can visit www.afai.org.za/cultural-entrepreneurship-course to download the application form, or email ayanda@afai.org.za to be sent an application form directly. The Cultural Entrepreneurship Course is part of a larger Programme called the African Cultural Leadership Programme. This Programme is funded by the European Union’s Investing in People’s Programme, with financial and collegiate support from Goethe -Institut, Arterial Network and 4 regional training partners: Go Down Art Centre(Kenya, East...

#CreativesMakeItHappen: the conversations continue

  Creatives can engage further with industry professionals on industry hot topics and opportunities by booking in time to join the #CreativesMakeItHappen conversation. “Creatives in Conversation is a series of free public engagements with creative experts, which have been curated as one of the ways that creative industries practitioners and stakeholders can take the conversations of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference forward,” says ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. UJ Producer, Grace Meadows adds that the series forms part of UJ Arts & Culture Evolution X performing arts programme for 2015. “We presented 5 conversations themed around theatre, music, visual arts and the creative industries leading up to the Conference. Brett Pyper facilitated a fantastic open conversation after the Conference and these next four conversations bring our tally to a neat total of ten conversations presented as part of the UJ tenth anniversary celebrations,” Meadows explains. The series now continues for on Thursdays at 17:30 from 23 April through to 21 May in the Upstairs Studio of the UJ Arts Centre as follows (note that there is no session on 30 April): 23 April: Building Bridges: how can member-based organisations bridge the gap The session is set to address issues around the sustainability and role of member-based organisations. The conversation is structured to also unpack the major challenges these organisations and networks face in bringing a gap between rural and urban communities and to facilitate access to information, resources, training and development opportunities. Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa, Molemo Moiloa, will facilitate the conversation between Neftaly Malatjie, CEO of the Southern Africa Youth Project and Thea Aboud, of the Writers Guild South...