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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Call for proposals 2014 has started

The non-commercial, artist-run project space GoetheOnMain in Maboneng, Johannesburg, has called  for proposals for 2014 in visual art, literature, film, music, dance, and theatre. Deadline is August 15 2013.

The Goethe-Institut is known worldwide for promoting intercultural engagement through fostering dialogue and exchange in the arts.

GoetheOnMain was developed by the Goethe-Institut South Africa and launched in May 2009 at Arts on Main in Johannesburg as a non-commercial, artist-run project space – an exceptional free platform in a city where cultural spaces are either commercially or governmentally managed. The multi-disciplinary GoetheOnMain has since hosted a wide range of exhibitions, workshops, events and performances; including visual art, literature, film, music, dance, and theatre projects.

The way in which project selection takes place is central in understanding the philosophy of GoetheOnMain. In order to create an unbiased and open platform, the programme is decided by an independent committee of arts professionals, who meet after the yearly public call for proposals. Projects are invariably hotly debated. The focus above all else is on artistic quality, whilst maintaining a sensitivity for the context and local relevance and favouring an experimental approach.

The GoetheOnMain space itself also implies a certain conceptual frame – that of the city, or a sense of ‘urbanity’: a focus on the human relation as much as built environment. Previous projects at GoetheOnMain have dealt extensively with politics of space, noting the stratified city, gentrification, issues of access, and a loss of the ‘centre’ so typical of many world metropolises, but also of the personal as political - focusing on private narratives, identities, eccentricities, and broader global issues affecting the city dweller.

Project realisation: March to December 2014. Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2013.

For more information and to download the application form, visit