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Rwanda: Government to Invest More in Creative Industry

BY 31.07.17

THE Rwandan Government wants to reap more from its creative and cultural industries and this week (Jul 2017) indicated that it plans to inject more funds into the industry. This according to Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Affairs, Francois Kanimba, who addressed members of the creative and cultural arts industry drawn from different countries around the world in a workshop organised by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Kigali. Kanimba told the members that the government recognises the importance of the creative industries in promoting the economy, especially in terms of employment. "There is a plan to inject money in the arts. Even if it's clear that the artists need support, it's important to find ways for the industry to be self-supportive. The challenge is how to achieve that," he said. Read more.

Culture deserves a bigger role in EU diplomacy

THE European Union is pushing hard for the centrality of culture on EU foreign policy because it helps prevent conflict while simultaneously promoting EU values. There is a call to create an EU cultural visa programme and exchange for young artists, to access the EU and enhance intercultural dialogue with third countries could be of benefit for EU foreign policy.  Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) said culture is a powerful bridge between people, helps to strengthen civil society, to prevent radicalisation and conflicts, and disseminate EU values. They note that young people should be one of the main target groups, to be reached out by music, film, street arts, social media and digital platforms channels. The resolution on an EU strategy for international cultural relations was approved by 462 votes to 137, with 58 abstentions. Read more.

Live Music Serious Business in Singapore

A RECENT Price-Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) report  – 2021 Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report – bodes well for Singapore where music is big business. The music market in Singapore has been riding on an upward trajectory — as summarized by Music Asia — and a big part of that has been the proliferation of major live concerts, along with an increasing reliance on streaming. In 2016 alone, live music in Singapore accumulated a total of US$51 million. Read more.

Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries Diversity & the decolonisation of SA’s creative industries

IT WAS Youth Month in June – and a time for critical reflection on the role the youth, a perennial target of and key player in the creative and cultural industries (CCI).

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African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent? African art racks up $4m at Sotheby’s auction, but is it good for the continent?

IN celebration of #AfricaDay and #AfricaMonth we focus on some news emanating from the continent and its scholars.

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Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts Beyoncé launches scholarship to support young women in the arts

BEYONCE has unveiled her ‘Formation Scholars’, a new scholarship announced on the one-year anniversary of Lemonade to support young woman in the arts.

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ARTERIAL Network is ten years old and is about to embark on a new phase of re-positioning and revitalisation of the network, it said this week.

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25th Hilton Arts Festival programme released 25th Hilton Arts Festival programme released

FROM 21 August, the programme and schedule will be released on www.hiltonfestival.co.za. It is all happening next week! Make a note of these important dates and outlets to be sure you get your programme as soon as possible. If you live in KZN be sure to buy The Sunday Times this Sunday 20 August for the 32-page tabloid sized pullout. Booking opens 21 August. Hard (tree unfriendly!) copies of the programme will be at the following outlets from 21 August: PMB, HOWICK and MIDLANDS.

Iziko Gallery Women's Day Premier: The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined Iziko Gallery Women's Day Premier: The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined

THE African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined is a contemporary multimedia installation based on The African Choir’s first tour to Victorian England in 1891. The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined was first shown at Autograph ABP, London in 2016 and is a collaboration between Autograph ABP and Tshisa Boys Productions. It premieres in South Africa at the Iziko South African National Gallery on National Women’s Day and will feature guest presentations by the creators of the exhibition

Market Theatre Laboratory: 2018 applications open Market Theatre Laboratory: 2018 applications open

APPLICATIONS for the Market Lab’s flagship programme, a two-year full-time course in Theatre and Performance, have been opened from 1 August until 30 September. The Market Theatre Laboratory offers a unique curriculum that trains professionals in the performing arts field, providing an incubation space for young artists to find their voice and develop their craft.

Changing the world Changing the world

NELSON Mandela once said: ‘I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.’ In July the incredible leader was front and centre as we not only celebrated his birthday through the now globally renowned 67 Minutes and Mandela Day initiative, but also in the re-naming of Nelson Mandela University.

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