Saturday, September 21, 2013

Artists Apply for Funds through ACT Development Programme's & Arts News

The ACT Development Programme’s current funding cycle will come to a close on 30 September.

Funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity, this Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) programme is designed to enhance the continued development of arts and culture in South Africa. In particular, the ACT Development Programme is aimed at the continued advancement of artistic excellence in creative production and development of new South African work, professional development and training for the youth.

Open for applications on an on-going basis, the ACT Development Programme makes once-off grants up to a maximum of R 50,000 available for disbursement. In support of the development of new South African work, the development of arts professionals and projects involved in arts training for the youth, individual artists, arts and culture organisations and small creative businesses are invited to submit applications for funding.

To encourage growth and innovation within the arts and culture sector, all expressions of art including, but not limited to, literature, theatre, dance, craft, music, new media and visual art projects across South Africa will be considered for support. The current funding cycle come to a close on the 30th of September 2013, with the outcome available on 13 November 2013.

The next funding cycle closes on 31 January 2014, and the outcome will be available by the 15 March 2014. For more information on the ACT Development Programme or to submit an online application, please visit the website

Please note that the decision of the ACT Board of Trustees with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts, culture and heritage funding and development agency. ACT strives to increase funding opportunities within the arts sector, to support sustainable cultural projects and, ultimately, to contribute to social development more broadly. To receive updates follow ACT on Twitter at!/actorgza or like the Trust’s Facebook page at

In order for the ACT office to process applications for consideration by the ACT Board of Trustees, the following information is required:

1. Name of the project
2. Name of the organisation
3. Name of the person submitting the application
4. Detailed contact information
5. Geographical region in which the project will take place
6. Municipal area in which the project will take place
7. The amount of funding requested from ACT
8. Project start and end date
9. Conformation of arts discipline (Arts Administration, Arts Education, Community Art, Craft, Dance, Heritage, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts or Multi-Disciplinary)
10. A 60-word description of the project for which funds are being requested
11. A more detailed description of the project for which funds are being requested (maximum 300 words)
12. Information about the organisation/individual implementing the project
13. Confirm income and sponsorships from other sources

The above information can be submitted online at (preferred) or submitted manually via e-mail to, by fax on 086+ 505 0240 or by post to The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), PO Box 31309, Braamfontein, 2017.

(Source - Pansa) 

17th Poetry Africa International Poetry Festival 14-19 October 2013

The 17th Poetry Africa – International Poetry Festival presented in partnership with the City of Durban and the KZN Department of Arts and Culture is proud to announce the festival line-up, which promises to be an exhilarating showcase of diverse voices and sounds. Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) to take place from 14-19 October, this festival is a critical platform for self-expression that offers a space for cultural exchange in the city of Durban.

The festival’s line-up features a ground-breaking poetry project – a 12 track recorded album entitled Insurrections – featuring poets and ethnomusicologists from India and South Africa. The project sees the rich sounds of the Indian music tradition blend with African instruments accompanying radical poetry from both continents. The Insurrections ensemble will be performed by musicians Sumangala Damodaran (India), Jürgen Brauninger (South Africa), Neo Muyanga (South Africa), Pritam Ghoshal (India), Brydon Bolton (South Africa), Bettina Schouw (South Africa), Sazi Dlamini (South Africa) and Paki Peloeole (South Africa). The poetry contingent for Insurrections will comprise of Ari Sitas (South Africa), Malika Ndlovu (South Africa), Sabita TP (India) and Vivek Narayanan (India). The ensemble will perform on Thursday, 17 October.

Keeping with the musical theme of this year’s edition, the festival will feature five poets who also work as recording musicians. Kabomo Vilakazi is a singer, songwriter and actor who also features in South African poetry circles. Nominated four times for the SAMAs and a former editor of youth culture magazine Y-Mag, his credentials in the entertainment industry are indeed formidable. Kalawi Jazmee artist Busiswa Gqulu returns to Poetry Africa in the middle of her impressive reign on the music charts throughout Africa. She first graced the Poetry Africa stage as part of the all-women poetry collective Basadzi Voices in 2008 and has also performed solo in 2010. South African poet Natalia Molebatsi is also a writer, facilitator and programme director who recently founded a South African-Italian music project with the band Soul Making. Her poetry is published in the books We Are. (2008) and Sardo Dance (2009). Durban-born poet, performer and MC (Ashleigh La Foy) is well-known on Durban stages for both her poetry and her musical prowess. Having earned her stripes as a female rapper, she will indulge Durban audiences with her poetic oeuvre ahead of her much-anticipated debut album. Hailing from the Eastern Cape, Pura Lavisa is a writer, performer and poet whose musical arrangements incorporate percussion and African sounds. Lavisa will be presenting a collection of poems mostly in isiXhosa.

Returning to the Poetry Africa stage, well-respected Soweto-born dub-poet and writer, Lesego Rampolokeng, will deliver an infectious brand of poetry influenced by Black Consciousness and rooted in the lived experience of people on the margins. Also from Soweto, Khulile Nxumalo will present works from his first title ten flapping elbows, mama and his latest collection fhedzi, published by Die Hard Press. Critically acclaimed, Nxumalo was twice named the recipient of the DALRO prize for poetry. Nigerian-born poet Kole Odutola will also be reading his latest work at the festival. Odutola teaches at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida and has published extensively both in academia and literature. Another participant with a background in teaching languages is Kobus Moolman, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Moolman’s latest collectionLeft Over is currently enjoying rave reviews in the press and his performance will allow an eager Durban audience a chance to celebrate his vast canon of works.

Johannesburg-based performance and slam poet Mandi Poefficient Vundla forms part of the Word n Sound collective and is featured on the online and print publications of Poetry Potion. Crowned ‘Queen of the Word and Sound Mic’ in 2012, she has graced numerous poetry stages including Arts Alive and Jozi Book Fair. Another young female voice featured in the line-up is Sanelisiwe Ntuli, a wordsmith from Hammersdale who writes and performs in isiZulu. Ntuli is a graduate of the Kwesukela Storytelling Academy and regularly features as a storyteller and voice artist on educational programmes of Ukhozi FM. Also writing in isiZulu is Professor Langalibalele F. Mathenjwa is holding a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy from UNISA. He is a published writer of isiZulu poetry, novels, short stories and folklore and has chair Usiba Writers Guild, South African . Geographical Names Council, IsiZulu National Language Body and the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names-Africa South Division.

Four poets from the Irish poetry collective O’Bheal will present their work at the festival. This contingent consists of Paul Casey, Afric McGinchey, Billy Ramsel and American-born Raven. Completing the international line-up will be Ian Kamau (Canada), Barnabe Laye (Benin) and Raphael d'Abdon (Italy/ South Africa). Kamau is a writer, visual artist, hip hop and spoken word artist from Toronto, whose discography lists five collections, including the popular album One Day Soon (2011). He will be presenting additional workshops in advance of the festival. A poet and novelist, Laye has published a dozen books and is the recipient of the Nelligan Prize his lifetimes work. His most recent work is entitled Poems in Absent, a long wait (2010). D’Abdon is an Italian scholar, writer, editor and translator and a post-doctoral fellow in the English Studies Department at UNISA. As an editor, D’Abdon recently published Marikana - A Moment in Time, as well as an anthology of poetry about the massacre and his own collection, Sunnyside Nightwalk.

The festival’s community outreach programme will see poets visit over twenty community centres, campuses and tertiary education departments across Durban and beyond. In addition, participating poets will visit twenty schools to discuss reading, writing and the performance aspects of poetry.
For more details about this year’s Poetry Africa, visit or call (031) 260 2506.
Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), the 17th Poetry Africa is funded by the City of Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The CCA is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, in the College of Humanities at UKZN.

(Source - Poetry Africa) 

Theatre News

Spotlight on Prof Pieter Scholtz
DUT September Children’s Theatre Festival
Courtyard Theatre, DUT: 17 - 21 September
The third annual DUT Children’s Theatre Festival which takes place at the Courtyard Theatre from 17 – 21 September will profile renowned children’s theatre writer extraordinaire, and theatre doyen, Prof. Pieter Scholtz.
The plays are aimed at primary schools (Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) and will be performed by first-year Drama Studies students.
The festival takes place at the DUT Drama Department, Courtyard Theatre, Steve Biko Road (old Mansfield Road).Secure parking is available at gate 5. Ticket price R 20 per person, block booking R 10 (group of 10)
For more information contact Pamela Tancsik (Cell: 0824031707) or call the Departmental Secretary, Lebohang Sibisi on (031) 3732194 /

Shall We Dance turns 21!!
Playhouse Opera: 13 – 21 September
The ever-popular Shall We Dance Ballroom and Latin American showcase presents its comprehensive annual dance extravaganza which features approximately 100 of the region’s most exciting dancers as well as top award-winning industry professionals, in the Playhouse Opera for a short season from 13 - 21 September.
Shall We Dance once more promises to delight audiences with its carefully-chosen mix of quality dance – with an underlying Ballroom and Latin American feel. Featured styles  besides Ballroom and Latin are Ballet; Belly Dance; Hip-Hop; Line Dance; Modern; Spanish, and Tap. The MC is once again East Coast Radio's Damon Beard.
This annual showcase came into being in 1991, and is probably the longest enduring annual production in Durban, if not in South Africa. It is presented by the Playhouse Company in association with the South African Dance Teachers’ Association, with a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa.  Direction is by Neville Letard and Caryl Cusens.
For information about charity performances and to book, call Computicket on 0861 915 8000.

(Source - Pansa) 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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