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Sibikwa Arts Centre hosts 2018 SA-EU Dialogue

BY 29.11.17

THE Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Dialogue will be hosted by the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni from 28 February to 2 March 2018.

The National Department of Arts and Culture again partnered with the Sibikwa Arts Centre to realise part two of this sectoral dialogue between Irish, Flemish, French and South African Community Arts Centres with the purpose of increasing institutional capacity, policy implementation and best practice.

 Over the years, quite a lot of research into the CAC landscape has been conducted and many papers have been written, but the time for collective advancement of the centres is now. The development and implementation of a National Community Arts Centres and Programming Policy is key to realising the CAC’s becoming spaces that offer access to the arts for all, create jobs and give a platform to our artists’ creativity. Sibikwa, a pioneering community arts centre of excellence and model for fusing arts education, professional training and community development; partnering with Sibikwa for this project is therefore an obvious choice.

The 2018 edition of the CAC dialogue will consist of two segments: a three-day conference at the Sibikwa Arts Centre which will mainly focus on policy development incorporating critical sectoral goals and comprise presentations by Irish, Flemish, French and South African experts, interactive workshops and breakaway sessions.

The three-day conference, catering for 50 invited delegates, will be built on findings of the project’s first instalment and designed to connect, educate and motivate the CAC-landscape and its stakeholders to come together, interact and engage with the critical challenges of an apt national CAC policy. The exchange element will present the opportunity to expand communication and dialogue between cultural workers in Ireland, Flanders, France and South Africa in the interest of promoting mutual understanding, positive change, cooperation and respect.

Post-conference, South African and EU delegates will undertake a study-tour and take part in a mini-conference, hosted by the Irish Arts Council. The intention of Shukuma Mzansi II is to produce a draft framework for the National Community Arts Centres and Programming Policy.

This initiative is funded by the SA-EU Strategic Partnership – the Dialogue Facility which contributes to the strengthening of relations between the European Union and South Africa and encourages cooperation between equal partners in a number of areas in the economic, social and cultural fields.

 

For further information, please contact Sibikwa on 011 422 4359 or e-mail jannekes@iafrica.com

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