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Sunday, June 26, 2016


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Creative open call for new partners, new projects, new spaces – open to creatives in both South Africa and the UK for 2016/17.

After three years of a dynamic, successful season of arts and culture between South Africa and the UK, the award-winning creative programme developed by the British Council, Connect ZA is now getting ready for the next exciting phase.

Building on pioneering collaborations, and international networks, they are keen to discover NEW partners, broker NEW connections and support emerging artists in SA and the UK, through furthering opportunities for creative collaboration and sector engagement.

They are seeking original and adventurous artistic project proposals, which tell and share the story of contemporary South Africa and the UK, culminating in high quality live, or digital performance, showcase or other public facing events, to form part of the British Council Connect ZA Arts Programme 2016/17.

This creative call is open to partners who have not previously had projects included in the British Council Connect ZA Arts Programme, although not as extensive in scale as the previous SA UK Seasons open call, they hope to expand the creative landscape on both sides through investment and support of new partnerships.

They are looking for a strong mix of projects that may be a combination of more than one art form, but they are particularly interested in projects from the sectors of live performance, visual art and from creative institutions. They also encourage applications from women or for the focus of the content to be aimed at women, who are currently underrepresented in the creative industries.

Projects must be:

Devised for a 18–35 audience demographic (they do not work with under 18’s in the arts)
Able to engage and extend reach across multiple digital platforms (such as; social media, online engagement, the use of tech or digital content)
Designed for a contemporary urban context and audience
Collaborative and mutually beneficial – to artists, participants and audiences in both countries
A first-time collaborator with British Council Connect ZA – accessing new partners, new projects, new places (previous lead partner organisations cannot apply)