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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity recently unveiled exciting and creative development projects, which they will support.

The ACT Board of Trustees selected eleven Visual Art, Heritage, Music, Literature, Theatre, Dance and Multi-Disciplinary projects for support through the ACT Development Programme.

During this funding cycle ACT will be making an investment in paper conservation training as well as the publication of a volume of playscripts from five new emerging playwrights.

Among the projects receiving support is Dance Movement by The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation from KwaZulu-Natal which offers disadvantaged youth, aspiring dancers and artists a platform to professionally develop their dancing and artistry skills under the auspices of professional choreographers and trainers. The grant from ACT will cover the costs of transport, venue hire, the TDA and A.I.D.T Dance Exams.

Visual Arts projects include Amy Tarr’s exhibition Absence and a collective from the Free State Prophecy. Keiskamma will receive a grant for the development of a demo CD and the National Marimba Festival, set to take place in the Zwide Township in the Eastern Cape, will also receive support.

Take a Child to the Theatre, an Assitej campaign, has been successful as well as Oscar Brown’s Between, which will be staged at the Alexander Theatre in Cape Town following its international acclaim. The  African Arts Institute’s IT and the Arts Toolkit has also been selected for a Development Programme grant.

The Programme is funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity and is supported by Sun International. It has been designed to enhance the continued development of art and culture in South Africa and is open for application on an ongoing basis. The programme is aimed at youth and professional development as well as the creation of new South African work. Through this programme ACT makes provision for all expressions of art, including but not limited to Craft, Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature, Heritage, Visual Art and New Media.

Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Cause Marketing at Nedbank says they are delighted to be part of this initiative yet again. “Nedbank has a proud history of supporting the arts, through our Arts Affinity programme which has contributed nearly R15 million in support of more than 700 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide. We are highly involved in the communities we serve. Our support demonstrates our commitment to the development, promotion and preservation of the arts in our country.”

The next Development Programme funding cycle closes at the end of May 2013. The outcome of applications submitted during this cycle will be available by June 25, 2013.

For more submission deadlines, criteria or to submit an application visit