Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Auditions for Buskers - Cape Town

The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department under the Tourism, Events and Economic
Development Directorate, is in the process of drafting a Public Art Management Framework (PAMF).  
The purpose of this PAMF is to detail the standard operating procedures relating to all public art matters within the City of Cape Town’s jurisdiction.
The PAMF is to provide the structure and scope for placing, maintaining, managing and removing works of art in public spaces within the City.

The PAMF will achieve this by guiding the criteria and informing the assessment of all public art commissioned by the Council, or acquired by purchase, gift, bequest, donation or transfer.
What is busking and how is busking defined in the Public Art Management Framework?
• Busking is the practice of performing in public or publically accessible spaces.
• Artists engaging in this particular form of public art may be referred to as buskers, street performers, street musicians or troubadours.
• Performances may include but are not limited to:  acrobatics, clowning, comedy, contortions, dance, signing, fire skills, mime, living statue, music performance, puppeteering, snake charming, storytelling, reciting poetry or prose, sketching, painting and street theatre.
• This is a pilot project that will inform busking/street performance section of the PAMF.
• A carefully programmed / curated busking project for the CBD from January to March 2015.
Desired Outcomes
• To have explored the possibility of aligning busking / street performances with strategic events.
• To have developed a standard operating procedure to monitor (but not over regulate) performance artists while creating an enabling environment for their performances.
• To have developed an enabling facilitation process but regulated environment for street performers / buskers / performances in public spaces.

Call for artists
The Arts and Culture Department has initiated a pilot busking project in recognition of performing artists as an important element of developing process.  We invite artists who are interested in being part of this project to present a sample (max 3-5min) of their performance/art on 14
January 2015 between 09h00 and 12h00 at the Mayors Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall.
Selected artists will follow a detailed three month pilot busking programme and host performances at
selected busking areas around the CBD commencing 19 January 2015.
Artists will be able to utilise public spaces to celebrate our living heritage and work with the city to develop Cape Town as the most vibrant city in the
For more information contact:
Email: or Cell:  060 628 9648

Applauz Arts Initiative is giving away 5 double tickets to PANSA members in the Western Cape to a preview night of 'Celebrating Adam Small'.
Adam Small is one of South Africa's most recognised living poets, and a resident of Cape Town.
In recognition of his vast contribution to the cultural reservoir of Cape Town's Creative sector, the City of Cape Town bestowed on him the acknowledgement of Civic Honours.
Now Applauz Arts Initiative, an NGO and recognised contributor to the cultural activities of the City of Cape Town and South Africa, has designed a program of entertainment to celebrate the life of Adam Small. The program will include a perfomance of extracts from his plays, followed by a 90 minute jazz musical performance of his poetry. The music is composed by luminaries of the South African music industry; Camillo Lombard, Kurt Egelhof and Emile Jansen.

Performance 1.
Title: Adam Small The Man
Extracts from his plays with poetry
When: 14 January 2015
Where: Artscape Arena Theatre
Time: 18:30
Duration : 80 min


Performance 2 World Premier.
Tittle: Adam Small BeJazzed
When: 14 January 2015
Where: Artscape Arena
Time: 20:30
Duration: 90 min

Please indicate which performance you wish to attend or both.
RSVP Natalia Da Rocha at:
Purchase a ticket for a performance of Celebrating Adam Small BeJazzed on the same date and pay R120 for both shows. Block Bookings of 10 or more: 10% discount on all prices Scholars (5 to 18 years): 0% discount on all prices - See more at:
Dates: 15-17, 20-24, 27-31 January 2015
The Man, R60
BeJazzedm, R100

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

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