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Saturday, June 1, 2013


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture invite proposals from South African practitioners to present case studies at the upcoming Creative Currencies conference, to be held from August 6 to 8 in Johannesburg.
Arts professionals and representatives of business and emerging and semi-established arts, culture and heritage organisations, as well as individuals involved in collectives and collaborations, are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2nd ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. Case studies and presentations concerned with economic, artistic, cultural and technological aspects of trade and exchange are sought to supplement the conference programme, which is entitled Creative Currencies: accessing opportunities in an expanding marketplace.
The conference is aimed at sharing information with stakeholders in the creative economy with a view to developing, inspiring and enabling the sector. The 2013 programme will speak to individuals, businesses and organisations involved in trade and commerce in the field of Arts and Culture, as well as those who wish to interface and explore this within their own disciplines and sectors.
The Conference Content Manager and Advisory Committee will review and select case studies for presentation. Presentations should not be longer than 30 minutes in total. Applications should include the major aspects that will be addressed by the case study or presentation, and a detailed description of the technical requirements for the presentation.
Proposals of no more than 600 words should be submitted to Rahiem Whisgary at by no later than June 7, 2013.
This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).
A partnership with the Cultural Development Trust will see the conference include an expo component for the first time. The organisers further wish to acknowledge media partners SAfm, Mail & Guardian and Classicfeel magazine; and the invaluable support of Santam, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the SAMRO Foundation and Distell Foundation.
The conference will take place from August 6 to 8 at the UJ Arts Centre at the University of Johannesburg. For more information or to register for the conference, visit