National Arts Festival Seeks Executive Producer

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img193631GRAHAMSTOWN – The National Arts Festival, the largest celebration of the arts on the continent, is changing the way it is produced and is looking to appoint an Executive Producer, whose primary role will be to prepare and stage the Festival’s Main programme each year.

“With the recent resignation of Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed, we have taken the opportunity to reinvisage our selection processes,” Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “One of Ismail’s legacies is an extremely strong Artistic Advisory Committee, comprising some of the most respected creative voices in South Africa. Our new structure will capitalise on the strengths of this Committee, which will now be responsible for selecting and curating the Festival’s core programme,” he said.

Outgoing Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival, Mr Ismail Mahomed. Photo by Suzy Bernstein.
Outgoing Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival, Mr Ismail Mahomed. Photo by Suzy Bernstein.

The Committee will be supported by the newly created post of Executive Producer. Together with a wider artistic planning team, they will be responsible for bringing the programme to life in Grahamstown.

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A curator in each genre will be appointed from among the Committee members each year. They will select the work to be staged, and the Executive Producer and a wider artistic planning team will work with them to bring the programme to life in Grahamstown. Apart from needing to be a solid administrator, the Executive Producer must bring an artistic sensibility to bear, as they will be designing a “Festival Choice” programme based on existing partnerships with institutions and international presenting bodies and funders.

“We’re looking for someone really special to be part of our amazing team, and to help us build and grow from the strong base that Ismail and his predecessors have established,” Lankester said.

Full details of the role can be found at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/producer and applications close on Friday 10 June 2016.

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