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Saturday, December 14, 2013


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity have announced 10 projects that will receive developmental funding.

The ACT Board of Trustees has selected projects nationally from visual art, heritage, music, theatre, dance, multi-disciplinary, community and arts education disciplines, to support through the ACT Development Programme during the current funding cycle.

'Supporting such projects not only ensures the development of arts, culture and heritage in South Africa, but it also contributes to social development' says Pieter Jacobs, ACT's Chief Executive Officer.

Among the projects which stand to benefit from this valued funding are three from KwaZulu-Natal:

ShakeXperience, an adaptation of Animal Farm, to be produced by Nobulali Productions. Founded in 2010, Nobulali Productions developed a teaching and learning method called ShakeXperience that builds human capability in schools. Performance, workshops and technology are combined to achieve the project's goals. ACT will support the 2014 production of Animal Farm with a grant towards the development phase of the project. Animal Farm is set to travel to schools in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KZN, Free State and North West.

Boesman and Lena, a theatre production by Prompt Side Productions which commits itself to quality production of theatrical performance and artistic excellence in KZN. A prescribed work as part of English and Drama studies for secondary and tertiary students, Boesman and Lena explores the adverse effects of a decaying South Africa. With the support from ACT, the project will be used as an educational tool assisting individuals with a dramatic and live account of the story, which as a result will benefit their learning and preparations for tests or examinations.

The Musho Youth Performers Development Project. Musho - isiZulu for an enthusiastic praise response, something similar to 'Bravo!' - embraces many forms of theatre and pays tribute to the smaller works featuring one and two performers. The annual festival held early in the year staging more intimate theatrical productions is considered a useful and exciting start to the year by performers and audiences alike. Musho! benefits the performers as staging their shows and collecting reviews from this event helps them for future seasons of the production through the year.

The Gugulethu Maboneng Township Arts Experience will also take place in KZN.

Nedbank, together with ACT, has proudly supported arts, culture and heritage projects since 1994. The main objective is to provide ongoing support to the development of arts and culture in South Africa.

“South African arts and culture provide a potent force for the promotion and preservation of South African creativity, history and heritage whilst also serving as a platform for job creation. Through the Nedbank Arts Affinity, clients contribute to the growth of the arts and culture industry every time they use their Nedbank products, at no cost to the clients.' says Maseda Ratshikuni, Head Cause Marketing.

Grants are provided through an application process, which is reviewed every four months. The programme supports projects aimed at developing the youth and professionals within the arts and culture industry. The programme makes provision for all expressions of art, including but not limited to craft, dance, music, theatre, literature, visual art and new media.

ACT is South Africa's premier independent arts funding and development agency. ACT’s primary aim is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

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The Nedbank Affinities Programme is a mutual-benefit marketing programme comprising a suite of banking and investment products that uniquely enable Nedbank clients to support causes close to their hearts, at no cost to the client. To date, the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme has contributed nearly R15m to support more than 800 arts, culture and heritage development projects. For more information visit