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Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Deadline for Registration: June 30, 2015

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, is set to host a free information sharing and networking seminar in Durban on July 1.

ACT and eThekwini Municipality’s Parks Recreation & Culture Unit invite individual practitioners and representatives from arts, culture and heritage organisations, based in the Durban region, to attend an information-sharing and networking seminar, which will provide valuable knowledge on opportunities offered through the Trust, eThekwini and other creative sector organisations.

Set to take place at the BeerHall Gallery, Rivertown, from 10h00 to 12h00, the seminar will offer a dynamic programme, which is set to kick off with a presentation by ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs that will offer an overview of the South African arts funding and sponsorship landscape, share information and tips that could be useful to individuals raising funds for the arts or creative projects as well as look at the opportunities offered through the Trust’s programmes.

“We look forward to empowering arts practitioners and arts, culture and heritage organisations based in eThekwini with knowledge about the various options available to them,” says Pieter Jacobs. “By imparting valuable information to practitioners and organisations, we hope to strengthen, inspire and advance the creative sectors in eThekwini.”

Representatives from eThekwini will present opportunities available through the municipality’s Parks Recreation & Culture Unit.

“Our most crucial resource is our people, their ideas, talents, lived experiences and heritages.” says Themba Mchunu, Manager at the eThekwini Municipality. “Fundamental to our city’s ability to achieve its vision of enjoying the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable city, is the extent to which the city is able to invest in its people beyond the hardware type infrastructure – buildings, roads or electricity - and to invest in creative infrastructure which is made up of predominantly soft infrastructure. We need to invest in our people’s creativity and imagination through the cultural and creative industries which together constitute the creative economy in a Creative City.”

The seminar will also feature presentations by Sheryl Msomi from VANSA, Gisele Turner and Pauline Dalais from ASSITEJ South Africa, and Shakila Maharaj from AudioDescribe International.

The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) operates as a development agency for the visual arts in South Africa, promoting connection, access and innovation in the industry. The website - - has been developed as an up-to-the minute resource, providing information, advice and tools for artists, businesses and organisations, as well as providing a platform for research, awareness and discussion around key industry issues.

ASSITEJ South Africa is a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. By promoting high-quality theatre, ASSITEJ South Africa raises industry standards, increases access and awareness, advocates for the right of children to receive arts education in schools, and builds relationships within the local, national, continental and international sectors.

AudioDescribe International (ADI) is responsible for launching audio description in South Africa. Audio Description is an access medium, which makes visual work like film, TV, theatre, the arts, sport, tourism, and aspects of healthcare and education accessible to blind and visually impaired persons by speaking and describing the action in between dialogue and sound effects.

Over the past 21 years, ACT has played a strategic role in the development of South Africa’s arts and culture sector, disbursing over R20 million to worthy and deserving projects. As a sustainable trust, ACT’s core mandate for the long term is to build reserves, while supporting a range of arts and culture projects in the short term. As such and to contribute to the fulfillment of ACT’s mandate, the Trust has grown into more than just a funding agency, providing holistic support for the arts through its Scholarships, Conference, Awards and Building Blocks programmes.

In order to reserve your place to attend the seminar, click on the following link to RSVP before June 30:

For more information, contact ACT at or on 011 712 8403 or artSMart at