Sector input encouraged for ACT | UJ Conference
Last edited: April 13, 2012
Posted by Business and Arts South Africa
The inaugural ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference explores â€˜The Art of the Creative Economy.â€™
This two-day conference will be held in the UJ Arts Centre Theatre on UJâ€™s Kingsway Campus on 24 and 25 May 2012.
With a programme that features top role-players in government, national funding bodies and the creative sector, conference organisers hope to promote conversation between these stakeholders, and thus begin to address the divide that exists between policymakers and practitioners, and chart a way forward for sustainability in the sector.
Representatives from the major funding bodies will present their positions; including a look at the details and impact of the National Department of Arts and Cultureâ€™s Mzansiâ€™s Golden Economy policy. The first findings from the latest Business Arts South Africa (BASA) Artstrack sector research into the state of arts sponsorship in the country will be presented, as well as best-practice input from both continental and international perspectives. A sector overview will help to set the stage from the arts standpoint, looking at industry successes and current challenges; and setting the scene for in-depth sector scenario planning.
Confirmed presenters include writer and activist Dr Wally Mongane Serote; cultural policy and governance specialist Avril JoffÃ©; new CEO of the National Arts Council, Monica Newton; Head of Business and Arts South Africa, Michelle Constant; Generations mastermind, Mfundi Vundla; playwright and producer Deon Opperman; arts and culture policy advisor, Prof Andries Oliphant; Director of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, Ismail Mahomed; Sershan Naidoo from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Erika Elk from the Cape Craft and Design Institute; Mandie van der Spuy, Head of Arts and Jazz Sponsorship at Standard Bank; Janet Watts, manager of the Arts, Culture and Heritage programme at Tshikululu Corporate Social Investments; Katharina von Ruckterschell-Katte from the Goethe Institut; and theatre practitioner Themi Venturas.
In an effort to encourage participation from all stakeholder industries, including the arts and culture, education, government and business sectors; conference registrations fees are heavily subsidised. â€œWe have deliberately kept the conference registration fee as low as possible - the R500 conference fee includes the conference pack, all catering and the conference cocktail event.â€ says Brenda Devar, ACT Chairperson.
Recognising the value of organisation participation, further discounts will be facilitated for group registrations. For every ten delegates that register from one organisation, the tenth registration will be free; making it equivalent to a 10% discount on ten or more registrations. Larger groups can obtain 20% off on registrations of groups that number more than fifty participants.
Focused on delivering constructive outcomes from the presentations, one of the first tangible deliverables of the conference will be the initial publication of the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Listing, made available to delegates as part of the conference collateral.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and Santam have confirmed their support and sponsorship for the conference.
Conference registration is now open, and more information is available, through www.act.org.za. Conference registrations close on 10 May.