South African Cultural Observatory

Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Conference

22 MAR 2017 - 24 MAR 2017
Category: Art
Region: Gauteng
Town: Benoni
Cover Charge: Free
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Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Conference which will take place at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni from 22 to 24 March 2017.The National Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with the Sibikwa Arts Centre  to realise 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; it is above all a starting point for new perspectives, new challenges and new objectives. 

The main objective of this interactive conference is to assemble all Community Arts Centres stakeholders - practitioners, policy-makers, donors, officials, academics - to interact and engage with the critical challenges and innovative solutions that are part of the process of growing the outputs and efficacy of the community arts centres across the country. 

The exchange element presents the opportunity to share experiences and expand dialogue between cultural workers in Ireland, Flanders, France and South Africa in the interest of promoting mutual understanding, positive change, cooperation and respect.

The key-topics of the conference include:

  • the role of government
  • policy implementation
  • access to the arts
  • programmation and audience development.

Besides plenary sessions, the Shukuma Mzansi! Conference will comprise substantive break-away sessions,providing delegates the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and national experiences.

We believe the Shukuma Mzansi! Conference has firm potential to yield a network of optimally-functioning and policy-driven Community Arts Centres that have the capacity for sustainable delivery of appropriate services and programmes.

Your involvement is of vital importance to the future of the Community Arts Centres in the country so kindly confirm your presence by completing the registration form.

 The conference takes place at the Sibikwa Arts Centre, 13 Liverpool Park, Benoni (tel: 011-422 43 59) and starts on Wed 22 March at 09h00 until 17h00 to be followed by a cocktail and performances by community artists, Tuesday 23 March it runs from 09h30 to 17h00 and we round off on Fri 24 March with a plenary panel-discussion from 10h to 12h00. Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be served.  

The conference is free of charge  and primarily open to invitees,  seats are limited so please send your registration form before 28 February 2017 to:

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.



Venue Name: Sibikwa Arts Centre
Street Address: 13 Liverpool Park, Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa
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