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#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...

Creatives in Conversation takes the form of an open mic evening

So the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference has come to a close, and now that we’ve had a chance to catch our breath, there are a lot of opinions which need to be shared and conversations that need to be finished off. We expect that each delegate has taken something different from this conference and we want to hear what you experienced and how you feel we can move forward from here as a creative sector. Join us this Thursday 19 March from 17:00 – 19:00 for our first post-conference “Creatives in Conversation” at UJ Arts Centre. The discussion will take the form of an open mic evening and will be hosted by Brett Pyper who is head of the Wits School of Arts and was part of our panel for Calling in the Elephant. This conversation will give people the chance to engage and voice their thoughts. Come have your say, we look forward to seeing you...

You’re Never Too Old To Start A New Venture, Look At These Famous Entrepreneurs

As a young creative entrepreneur trying to establish yourself, you may feel that Mark Zuckerberg and the current lot of 20-something CEOs are ruining it for people like us who’re facing a mid-life crisis. We found this infographic  which proves why it’s never to late to start your own venture, so we thought we’d share the inspiration.   Did you know? McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc sold paper cups and milkshake mixers till he was 52 Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling was a single mom on welfare till she was 31 Harrison Ford was a carpenter till his 30s Zara founder Amancio Ortega was a shirt shop helper till he was 30 Evan Williams co-founded Twitter at the age of 35 Niklas Zennstromm was 37 when he created Skype Arianna Huffington started Huffington Post at the age of 54 Still not convinced? Here’s more:     Source: Funders and Founders So if you haven’t come up with that billion dollar idea yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. Share this post and your views here. Special thanks to Digitalsynopsis for sharing inspirational pages such as...

#CreativesMakeItHappen Pledge Booth

Aluwani Ratshiungo – Seamstress and Designer at Ninety One Jade Bowers – Jade Bowers Design and Management  Dominique Soma – Co-founder of WeHeartBeat  Pieter Jacobs and Fiona Gordan – CEO and Conference Project Manager at The Arts & Culture Trust  Khanyi Dhlamini –...

#CreativesMakeItHappen Day 3 Highlights

“People don’t buy products, they buy stories so work on your personal brand and maintain consistency. Mediocrity does not attract investment just focus on writing the story, not being the actor.” – Michael Rubenstein, Marketing Strategist at Brand Quantum       “Artists are starting to put their value on the table but we live in the real world. Things cost rands so there must be a fee if an artist is creating value for the brand”  – Theresho Selesho, Experiential Marketing Director at Geometry Global.  ...

#CreativesMakeItHappen Day 1 Highlights

IMAGINE IT – This cluster – geared towards introductions of a creative, intellectual and social nature – will set the scene, ensuring participants are well prepared for the rest of the event.   “Stop thinking out of the box, it’s an outdated statement” – Dion Chang, Trend Analyst at Flux Trends.          Food Jams with Jade De Waal  ...

#CreativesMakeItHappen trends nationally, twice!

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#CreativesMakeItHappen Day 2 Highlights

HEAR IT – This cluster provided an overview of where we’re at locally and internationally in terms of the creative industries. Key personalities provided insights into the thinking and structures within which we’re operating.   “The creative economy needs to get to a point where collaborative work is the main discussion. A lot of creatives have started projects where we see them collaborating with each other in order for a project to take off” – Kathleen Stokes, senior researcher of NESTA.     “The creative economy is on top, but there is another economy that is at the bottom which is the ‘street economy’. So all this talk about the creative economy collaborating is mainstream talk” – Malose Malose Malahlela, co-founder of Keleketla Library....

Places to Eat in Joburg

FOOD: MELLVILLE Hell’s Kitchen 1920’s New York speakeasy glamour, easy jazz and epic rock music, and excellent food and drinks, Hell’s Kitchen is a get away from the trendy masses and a space to just be you. Live music on the weekends, a saloon-style menu, an impressive selection of wines, whiskeys, drinks and cocktails, and a secret poker room behind the bookcase to escape that one annoying friend. Details Shop 4, 7th Street Melville 072 478 2592 Open Tuesday to Sunday   Service Station They serve the prettiest drinks, pastries and cakes, but come for the service, the luxe breakfasts and superb coffees. For lunch, you could weigh salads and quiche offerings by the plate, or order from the blackboards. They sport more interesting stuff like turkey, cranberry and brie baguette; the cheese choice platter with preserves; porcini with parsley and lemon zest on bruschetta; or helplessly divine sorbets with flavours like rose. Details 53 Rustenburg Road Melville 0117261701 Open 7 days a week   The Ant Café The Ant Café is a charming, unpretentious cafe and pizzeria situated in Melville. They are known for their delicious, crispy pizzas and cosy fireplaces. They have a pizza special every Monday (R45-00) and a pasta special every Tuesday. Details 11 7th Street Melville 0764765671 Open 7 days a week   Catz Pyjamas Catz Pyjamas is situated in up-beat Melville, Johannesburg. From trendsetters to the informal, from insomniacs to the lethargic, from old to young, from contemporary to classical music, from the hungry to the drinkers, and from the adventurous to the faint hearted. Details Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a week...

#creativesmakeithappen about to kick off

We talk to conference presenters Francis McKee, Theresho Selesho and Gabriel Hoosain Khan about their participation in this year’s ACT | UJ Arts & Culture kicking off this Sunday, 8 March...

Things to do around Joburg in March

Joburg inner city is full of exciting things to do and places to see. We’ve decided to take a look at the vibrant spots in and around Joburg city centre during the month of March, and have taken the liberty of creating a to do list for you, during your visit to the city of Jozi: CREATIVE GATHERINGS Anthill Why it’s amazing With ACT & NEPAD conference in the two weeks following 8 March, there are friends from Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, DRC and Mauritius in town, to meet and split bread with. Anthills are the spontaneous and sporadic gathering of Ants at meaningful moments. An initiative of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, these gatherings are convened in relationship with a local artistic collective or organisation, somewhere in Southern Africa. They provide an opportunity for people that we work with across the region to share stories, trials, successes, contacts, and ideas. Details 8 March 2015, from 12 King Kong rooftop, 1st Floor 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein RSVP: rseethal@prohelvetia.org.za by Friday 27 February TOURS Maboneng Art Ride – R170 Why it’s amazing Explore Joburg on a bicycle powered, treasure hunt through the city streets. Over the past few years Maboneng Precinct has become the centre of urban regeneration: the buildings, streets and walls display more than 50 artworks from the local and international artists. Roa, Faith 47, Hannelie Coetzee — the district holds a unique collection of outstanding graffitis, murals and street art. Take in the spirit of the concrete jungle and embark on a cycling adventure with the Maboneng dwellers as your tour guides. Details Time 15.00 Duration 2 hours Meeting location 302 Fox Street, Curiocity Backpackers, Maboneng...

The creative economy

The creative economy. Wait – creative economy? What’s a creative economy? In fact, what’s a creative? In a place like Braamfontein, the word “creative” is typically thrown around as freely as an empty coffee cup. Never with a mention or hint at whether it’s an adjective or noun. Muttered under a breath of matter-of-fact optimism by some; and with an underwhelmed sigh or roll of the eyes by others, the term is broadly weighed down by the fact that it can be very difficult to define and often means different things to different people. “I’m a creative. You’re a creative. Everybody’s a creative!” Popular now in discourse more than ever, the idea of a creative often brings to mind a number of exhausted tropes and tired clichés such as the “starving artist” or “gluten-free gallery dweller” – as its personifications. Which is mischievously facetious when it comes to what human creativity actually entails, requires, represents, produces or even has the potential to bring about in terms of socio-economic improvement .“If you look under your seat right now, you’ll find a creative!” According to the British Council, governments all over the world are beginning to recognise and re-imagine the socio-economic potential that the trade of human creativity brings. They refer to this on their blog as a creative economy. Still not sure what that means? According to the British Council’s Creative Cities website, a creative economy is defined as the “crossroads at which the arts, culture, business and technology industries [of a society] collide,” continuing, “what unifies these activities is the fact that they all trade with creative assets in...

Perspectives on #creativesmakeithappen

In an interview with Lonwabo Mavuso, Uno de Waal and Sibs Shongwe ‐ La Mer, these professionals share their thoughts about the the upcoming ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. This year’s conference will run from the 8 – 10 March 2015, based at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)....

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

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...