#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....
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...