INVITATION to a Future Africa Public Forum: The post-election arts and culture dispensation: What now?

  • DATE

    13 May

  • TIME

    18:00 - 20:00

  • VENUE

    Conference Venue 2, Future Africa Campus

The Department of Arts and Culture has taken five years to revise the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage adopted in August 1996. The final version has still not become policy, and it is likely that there will be a new minister of arts and culture when the cabinet is announced later this month. With the president’s pledge to streamline the number of national departments, the Department of Arts and Culture may be amalgamated with another ministry.

INVITATION to a Future Africa Public Forum: The post-election arts and culture dispensation: What now? 

Date: Wednesday, 15 May

Time: 18:00 to 20:00

Venue: Conference Venue 2, Future Africa Campus

The Department of Arts and Culture has taken five years to revise the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage adopted in August 1996.  The final version has still not become policy, and it is likely that there will be a new minister of arts and culture when the cabinet is announced later this month.  With the president’s pledge to streamline the number of national departments, the Department of Arts and Culture may be amalgamated with another ministry.  Civil society activists have called for the president to appoint a minister from within the sector rather than a politician.

What should be the policy and practical priorities of the new minister responsible for arts and culture, whoever s/he is?  How should the arts and culture sector act to advance its interests, with or without government?

These are some of the questions to be debated by a panel comprising arts practitioners from around the country.  Firdoze Bulbia (Gauteng), Zwai Mgijima (Eastern Cape), Thami Mbongo (Western Cape) and Mashupe Phala (Limpopo).

Future Africa is a new campus at the University of Pretoria where it is envisaged that “scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world”.

This panel discussion is the fourth in a series of monthly forums hosted by Future Africa on topical themes related to arts, culture and heritage.

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People with disabilities who require assistance are kindly requested to contact Neo Maseko on 012-420 2631.

Directions: Take the South Street entrance to the University of Pretoria Sports Complex, pass through a second boom to the Experimental Farm, and follow this road to the Future Africa Campus on the right (about 1,5km from the second boom).  Signs will direct you to the venues.

 

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