When the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) launched the Conference in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture in 2012 we didn’t quite expect that in just three years this platform for sharing information, knowledge and research would gain this degree of momentum. Being gripped by the amount of work that it takes to ensure that local artists and practitioners not only survive but prosper has overwhelmed us, and it is wonderful to witness the growth and success of the conference as a whole.

We are encouraged and inspired by the numerous connections, collaborations, shifts of understanding and perception as well as the vital conversations that are set in motion as a result of ACT taking a bold step in advancing, enabling and inspiring the creative sectors. Testament to this is not only the many more creative practitioners who are now engaging in critical conversations about the industry but the range of impressive partners playing a role in achieving this.

The British Council became a valuable conference partner in 2013 and ACT is delighted to have them join UJ Arts & Culture as premier presenting partners of the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference this year. We extend our sincere gratitude to second- year supporting partners Business and Arts South Africa, SAMRO Foundation and Classicfeel Magazine. We are also excited about the involvement of the Department of Acts and Culture, Pro Helvetia and UJFM this year and we look forward to long and rewarding collaborations with them.

Finally, we owe an immense amount of gratitude to our delegates for trusting us with their time and supporting our efforts. Here’s to prosperity! Let’s make it happen.

Melissa Goba

Arts & Culture Trust Chair