Arts and Culture hosts the first leg of Living Legends Programme (LLLP) through Masterclasses

  • In August 2015 the Department of Arts and Culture announced the Legends Living Legacy Programme, an initiative that seeks to honour the living legends of the arts, culture and heritage sector, document their contribution and provide opportunities for interaction and imparting skills to younger generations of artists. On September 2015, the Department of Arts and Culture conducted a workshop to outline the vision of the Living Legends Legacy Programme (LLLP) . It is from this vision and through engagement with the Living Legends themselves, that a programme of lectures on various topics and a Master classes incubator programme has been developed.

    The Living Legends have elected an Interim Committee comprised of nine members from various disciplines such as Audio-Visual, Heritage, Education, Literature, music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts and Crafts & Design to work on the planned programmes. The Interim Committee will operate until the end of March 2016 and will become a Board of Trustees thereafter.

    R5 million has been set aside for this Programme until March 2016 and a further R15 million will be earmarked in the next financial year.

    “The aim of this initiative is to identify living legends across all arts disciplines and engage them actively in programmes that promote arts and culture development. This is in line with our policy intervention to develop the Living Heritage Policy. Our strategic objective is to ensure that there is transference of skills, knowledge and experience to the younger generation, while at the same time creating opportunities for our legends to continue pursuing viable careers in the arts.

    “As the Department of Arts and Culture, we have a number of projects that seek to discover new talents, promote skills development and create an enabling environment for the promotion of the arts, culture and heritage sector. We believe that our living human treasures — the legends, have a fundamental role to play in assisting aspirant artists to hone their skills. We would like to see these legends playing a bigger role in offering master classes and providing mentorship to the youth as part of our incubator programmes,” said Minister Mthethwa.

    The first Masterclass will be conducted by renowned Photographers, Peter Magubane and Omar Badsha on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 from 09:00 at the Market Theatre Photo Workshop. The Masterclass, which will be attended by students, will cover various topics of interest  such as the importance of the individual critical voice and the importance of positioning, when engaging and developing photography content in their own communities; the role of photography in the New South Africa and how it impacts on society. Members of the media are invited

    Other Masterclasses that will be held are as follows:

    1). 21 November 2015: Madosini Maphahleni, an award winning indigenous musician will conduct a Masterclass on her life journey, artistic excellence and discipline at Khayelitsha Chris Hani Art School, Cape Town

    2). 02 December 2015: Masterclasses on Theatre by Welcome Msomi and on Acting by Sol Rachilo at PACOFS

    3).05 December 2015: The Making of the a legend, the power of music literacy and discipline, ‘keeping one’s chops’ Masterclass will be conducted by Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu at Casterbridge Music Development Academy in White River, Mpumalanga

    4). 08 December 2015: Pre-quel to the 40th Year celebration Masterclass by Joseph Shabalala at Claremont

    We believe that our living human treasures; the legends should be celebrated and that they are role models to younger generations.  Master classes can provide mentorship to the youth as part of our incubator programmes.

    Media RSPVs: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za 012 441 3737

    Media Enquiries: Teresa Magidela TeresaM@dac.gov.za 0124413626

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