Role of Arts for Social Transformation definedACT - Arts and Culture Trust
Sessions with applied drama and performance arts practitioners, directors, performers, and funders will be hosted at the Drama for Life Festival 2012.
The dialogues, exploring the role of Arts for Social Transformation at the Drama for Life Festival (DFL), are made possible with the support from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity.
DFL has become a prominent training and implementation programme for Arts for Social Transformation on the continent through Applied Drama and Theatre, Arts Education and Arts Therapies. The Festival runs from 23 August to 01 September 2012 and attracts practitioners, directors, facilitators, therapists, arts educators, students, audiences, partners and funders from all over the African Continent.
Applied Drama, Arts Education and Arts Therapies provide a considerable amount of employment for arts and culture practitioners across the continent and play a vital role in social transformation and cohesion.
“This necessitates the development of policies and procedures to regulate and develop ethical and pedagogical best practice and the DFL Festival provides an ideal platform for this dialogue to take place,” says Levinia Jones, DFL Festival Director.
Inspired by the 2012 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, “What role do the Arts for Social Transformation play in the creative economies” will interrogate how the applied and healing arts are able to contribute towards the Mzansi Golden Economy, amongst others, and beyond.
Three sessions of three hours each, starting at 14:30 will be hosted during the ten-day festival. “Define the Arts for social transformation within the creative economies”, on 27 August. “How the Arts contribute to social transformation within creative economies?” on 29 August and “What the Arts for Social Transformation needs are within the Creative Economies?” will conclude discussions on Friday, 31 August.
Speakers include Mike van Graan, Munyaradzi Chatikobo, Ayanda Khala and Emma Durden amongst others. This event is free and open to facilitators, practitioners, educators, funders, arts therapists and anyone wanting to contribute to these discussions. To confirm your attendance please RSVP to Eliane.Schuler@wits.ac.za by 22 August 2012, and indicate which of the discussions you would like to attend. Participants are welcome to attend specific discussions or the full series.
NOTES TO THE EDITORS
ABOUT THE DRAMA FOR LIFE FESTIVAL
Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival (23 August – 1 September) is a unique cross community HIV and AIDS arts education, activist and therapeutic intervention. It is the first of its kind not only in South Africa but on the African continent. The festival is unique in its methodology, implementation and strategy in addressing the AIDS disease and its surrounding themes - sex, sexuality, relationships, culture, gender, human rights and social issues. The festival is curated in a way that allows arts practitioners and audience members to holistically engage with the subject, to interrogate the complexities of the disease and its themes. The festival accesses communities from the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg to the southern, from the East to the West. It utilizes performing arts in a variety of ways, from inside the theatre, cutting edge street performances, facilitated processes and workshops, to film, music, as well as practical access to information and testing. With cutting edge performances by the likes of Athena Mazarakis, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, UBOM! and Sello Pesa and Vaughn Sadie, this festival is not to be missed. DFL Sex Actually Festival is open to the public, tickets range from R10 – R50 and can be bought at the Box Office, Wits Theatre. For more information on scheduling and programming please visit www.dramaforlife.co.za or contact 011 717 4672.
ABOUT THE ARTS & CULTURE TRUST (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Go to www.act.org.za for more information about ACT including our funding programmes, criteria for assessment or to submit an application online. Follow ACT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/actorgza or like ACT on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Culture-Trust-ACT/162339817162875
ABOUT NEDBANK ARTS AFFINITY PROGRAMME
The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme is one of four multi-award winning programmes. Since inception the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme has raised over R15 million in support of 670 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide.
Amongst the projects currently supported by Nedbank Arts Affinity are the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa’s national workshops, a Visual Arts Incubator Programme, the Hillbrow Inner City High Schools Drama Festival, ROOM in Braamfontein, the Arts Writers & Critics Mentorship Programme, SA National Schools Festivals, a novel “Dust” by Karen Jennings and the publication of “The Blacks of Cape Town” (also a 2012 UN Literary Award finalist) by C.A. Davids.
Donations to the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme are made as follows:
- Credit Cards: a percentage of the purchases made on Nedbank Arts Affinity credit cards is donated to ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Savings Account: an initial contribution of R2.50 is made on opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Savings Account and a percentage of the daily credit balance is donated to the ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Current Accounts: when opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Current Account, clients receive a Nedbank Arts Affinity chequebook and a fixed amount is donated to ACT at no cost to the client for every new chequebook ordered;
- Investment Accounts: a percentage of Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment Account, the total donation is based on the client’s average monthly balance - the higher the client’s monthly investment balance, the more Nedbank will donate to ACT, at no cost to the client.
To become involved and make a difference in supporting arts and culture in South Africa please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (364663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za
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Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival
Dates: Thursday, 23rd August 2012 - Saturday, 1st September 2012
Wits Theatre Complex, Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa