Arts and Culture hosts a Professor Mireille Fanon-Mendes Media Launch as part of Africa Month Celebrations

As part of Africa Month colloquium series, the Department of Arts and Culture will on Tuesday, 05 June 2018, host a Media Launch upon arrival of Prof Mireille Fanon-Mendes, chairperson of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and daughter of Frantz Fanon.

The event forms part a series of Africa Month colloquia that will take place at Human Rights Conference Room, Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.

The panel comprise of leading minds such as Prof Mireille Fanon-Mendes, Prof J Edward Chamberlin and Prof Sipho Seepe as a Moderator. 

The 2018 Africa Month programme takes place under the theme, “The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World,” to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to promote African Unity. 

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date               : 05 June 2018 

Time               : 14h00

Venue            : Human Rights Conference Room, at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.  

RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, 074 478 7681,

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi on 072 172 8925 / 

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Arts and Culture hosts Wellness Sport Day to celebrate Africa Month

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will host the Wellness Sport Day on Friday, 18 May 2018 at the TUT Campus Grounds in Pretoria. This initiative is an annual event on the department’s calendar and it is in line with its broader wellness program to promote healthy lifestyle through collaborative efforts comprising of social and sporting activities.  

This year, the Department has partnered with Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Old Mutual, Discovery and TUT to highlight the impact that arts, culture and sports can have in nation building and social cohesion by embracing all genders. Due to its positive impact into the physical wellbeing of the society, the wellness event has grown in leaps and bounds; hence it has now attracted some of the major corporate stakeholders.    

Moreover, the wellness programme has been supported by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Through his participation in various community fun walks, the President has continuously urged the citizens to actively take part in the activities that promote healthy lifestyle.  

Significantly, the event also forms part of Africa Month Celebration held under the theme “A Year of Nelson Mandela: Building A Better Africa And A Better World”. Africa Month concept seek to encourage the people of South Africa and the rest of the continent to celebrate their Africanness and more importantly it has encouraged them to recommit to the efforts of building communities grounded on positive shared African values and principles. 

One of the major activities of the day will include a soccer match between Mamelodi Sundowns veterans and Orlando Pirates veterans. Some of the activities will also entail: Fun Walk, Fun Run, Aerobics, Indigenous Games as well as Free Massage.  

Members of the media are invited as follows: 

Venue: TUT Main Campus Stadium, Pretoria West

Date: 18 May2018

Time: 08h00 

RSVP: Madimetja Moleba at 066 301 4675 or email: 

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi on 0721728925  

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Arts and culture supports the 4th Live Event Technical & Production Conference 2018

South African Roadies Association (SARA) through the support of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will host Africa’s 4thLive Event Technical & Production Conference (LETPC 2018) from the 17 to 19 May 2018, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Park town, Johannesburg.

The aim of the conference is to discuss training and skill development for professionals and practitioners within the events, technical, production and education sectors sustainable job creation and economic growth.

Since the inception of Live Event Technical & Production Conference in 2015, a number of specific purposes have emerged:  the need to discuss the enhancement of technical and production vocational training and education with a view to formulating a sector plan for the future; to agree on the implementation of critical issues of Guidelines, Standards, Transformation and Health and Safety; as well as the need for the promotion and development of sustainable and competitive entrepreneurs and small businesses within the technical and production sector.

The LETPC 2018 will bring together, local and international practitioners and experts from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Kenya, Ghana within the creative industries to once again share and exchange ideas on how the sector can be improved. Topics such as health and safety, production, event management, technical advances will also be discussed by the speakers and audience alike.                                                                                                                          

For enquiries please contact : Mmaphefo of LETPC at 083 957 2663 or visit 


Minister Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute to the Jazz Legend and global icon, Bra Hugh Masekela

It is with sadness and shock that we learn of the passing of the Jazz Legend, an icon and inimitable artist, Hugh Masekela also known as “Bra Hugh” who passed away on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Born in Witbank on 04 April 1939, Ramapolo Hugh Masekela was exiled from his native South Africa for 30 years; he travelled the world receiving worldwide acclaim as musician and ambassador for the South Africa oppressed masses.

“When he spoke out against South African apartheid policies, he found himself banished from his homeland. During 1970’and 1980’s, he lived in various countries in the African continent, returning to South Africa in 1991, when he played a formidable role as a developer of music in the democratic South Africa.

“Even in recent years, “Bra Hugh” continued to fly the flag for South Africa in international festivals, and his home country including the performance at the Grammy Awards in 2013. Over the last 3 years, Hugh Masekela also featured on a number of festivals such as the Joy of Jazz; Macufe; Cape Town International Jazz; Moretele; Mapungubwe and Buleyekhaya festival sponsored by the department.

“Hugh Masekela was also the recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga Gold in 2010 for his contribution to music and the Struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The Jazz icon was also a member of the Living Legends Legacy Project (LLLP), an initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture that seeks to engage the living legends actively in programmes that promote arts, culture and heritage sector, thus providing them with a platform to interact and share their knowledge and experience with the younger generation of artists.

“His outstanding contribution and exceptional track record in the liberation struggle of our country as well as his immense contribution to the transformation of the arts in South Africa, the African continent and the world, bares a testimony of the calibre of person he was, a true Living Legend indeed”, says Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The Department of Arts and Culture is in consultation with the family, we will keep members of the public and other interested stakeholders informed of the funeral arrangements.

“We once more send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to the Masekela family, to all who knew this musical maestro and his many fans”, concluded Minister Mthethwa.

For more information, please contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 or Margaret Ncanca at 081 044 7056

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Arts and Culture to host a dialogue on Heritage Month in Kimberley

Heritage Month 23 Sept 16The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture will host a dialogue on Heritage Month.

Focusing on the role that history and heritage can play in bridging socio-historical divisions and in fostering social cohesion and nation building on the 23rd of September 2016 at William Humphrey Art Gallery in Kimberley.

The dialogue is a build-up event towards National Heritage Day celebrations taking place on 24 September 2016 at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give a keynote address.

The panellists include Yvonne Mokgoro – former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Professor Muxe Nkondo – former Vice Chancellor of the University of Venda, Ms Ashanteewa Archer- Ngidi, Director: Afrikology Institute and Dr Bheki Mngomezulu – CEO: Mzala Nxumalo Centre.

South Africa celebrates the 2016 Heritage Month under the theme, “Celebrating our human treasures by Asserting our African identity” to highlighting the role played by the Living Human Treasures, our living legends in preserving and promoting our cultural heritage.

Let us, this month of September fully assert our identity, share our knowledge with others, engage in conversations to expand cultural understanding, and move towards each other, so that our cultural diversity can coalesce into common threads that build this country and this economy.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Event : Heritage Month Dialogue

Date   : 23 September 2016

Time  : 13h00

Venue: William Humphrey Art Gallery, Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre Kimberley Northern Cape

Media RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba 074 478 7681/

Media enquiries : Teresa Magidela 060 601 7724 /

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to Launch the Performing Arts Database Booklet as part of Ministerial Imbizo

Mthethwa on SABCThe launch of the Performing Arts Database Booklet forms part of the Ministerial Imbizo that seeks to harness ideas from the public and local artist in Seshego. Minister Mthethwa will use the Imbizo to engage various artists within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector to promote the work of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). Continue reading

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED: Minister Mthethwa hosts an Imbizo and public lecture on 20th anniversary of the Constitution and the contribution of the Freedom Charter at Bophelong  

Arts and Culture Minister Mr Mathi Mthethwa-f

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will on Sunday, 26 June 2016 deliver a key note address at the 20th anniversary of the Constitution and Freedom charter memorial lecture at Bophelong Community Hall, Vanderbijlpark in Emfuleni Local Municipality. The lecture will amongst others illustrate the centrality of the Freedom Charter in contributing to the development of the Constitution of the country and focus especially on youth issues, achievement and challenges since the attainment of our Freedom and Democracy as well as how the constitution has changed the face of politics in past 20 years since its adoption in 1996.

As the supreme law of South Africa, the Constitution provides the legal foundation for the existence of the republic and therefore sets out the rights and duties of its citizens, and defines the structure of the government.

“South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world and enjoys high acclaim internationally. The rights to freedom and security of person, freedom of belief, freedom of expression, including of artistic creativity, freedom of association and freedom of movement and residence are among those rights guaranteed as enshrined in this Constitution”, said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Venue             : Bophelong Community Hall, Vanderbijlpark in Emfuleni Local Municipality, Gauteng.

Date                : 24 June 2016

Time               : 14h00

RSVP: Madimetja Moleba, 060 974 7482, or Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, 074 478 7681,

For enquiries please contact Ms Lisa Combrinck, 082 821 4886 or Teresa Magidela, 072 222 3169

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Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival’s Residency

fak'ugesiCall for artists addressing technology and/or creative technologists from the Southern African region to participate in the annual Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival’s Residency in Johannesburg, South Africa. The deadline for applications is 28 June 2016.

Festival Residency Focus: The focus of the Fak’ugesi Festival in 2016 is on the role of alternative knowledge and organisational systems in technology. We are looking for artists and creative technologists who are exploring concepts of community, spirituality or femininity in technology in Africa in their practice. Practitioners in the fields across a variety of fields from contemporary art, game design, interactive design and creative computing are encouraged to apply. Continue reading

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with the first African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum

World Heritage FundThe much anticipated first leg of the 10th  anniversary celebrations will be an African World Heritage Regional Youth Forum hosted by the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) in partnership with the South African Government and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Continue reading