Shukuma Mzansi II conference – dates changed

Sibikwa Arts Centre
Sibikwa Arts Centre

The dates of the Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Dialogue have been changed to Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April 2018.

The dates of the Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Dialogue have been changed; the conference will now take place from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April 2018 at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni.

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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.

A panel discussion during a previous Shukuma Mzansi! conference.
A panel discussion during the previous Shukuma Mzansi! conference.

The 2018 edition of the CAC dialogue will consist of two segments: a three-day conference at the Sibikwa Arts Centre which will focus on policy development incorporating critical sectoral goals and youth participation. The conference will comprise engaging and challenging presentations by Irish, Flemish, French and South African experts, panel discussions and workshop-style sessions with a chance to interact.

For further information, please contact Sibikwa on 011 422 4359.

Those interested in attending the conference are requested to e-mail

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.


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