Dates announced – apply now for Shukuma Mzansi III, SA-EU Community Arts Centres Dialogue 2019 around the country in September. The upcoming Shukuma Mzansi! SA-EU Community Arts Centres Dialogue 2019 with focus on ‘Implementing the National CAC policy in Municipalities’, will comprise three 2-day dialogue-workshops and will be implemented in partnership with CoGTA and SALGA and the municipal arts, culture and heritage departments.
For this third edition of the SA-EU CAC Dialogue, the National Department of Arts and Culture and the Sibikwa Arts Centre have partnered with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in order to warrant a good system of governance and proper roll-out contributing to successful implementation in the municipalities.
Through the involvement of Flemish, French and Irish institutions, the dialogue 2019 ensures the promotion of mutual understanding, cooperation and respect across borders.
The previous SA-EU CAC Dialogues have demonstrated the value of a multi-dimensional engagement with policy development accompanied and informed by hands-on engagement and support and the mobilisation of local spheres of government; the partnership with CoGTA and SALGA vastly increases the feasibility and scope of this dialogue.
The 4th Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage presents an ideal opportunity for repositioning and strengthening the position of the community arts sector on a local level within the overall DAC policy framework. Key to the 2019 dialogue is a shift away from primarily thinking about community arts centres as an infrastructural input and toward thinking about a centre more rigorously in terms of its outputs.
The dialogues will take place as follows:
-Nelson Mandela Bay (for W Cape, N Cape and E Cape delegates): Mon 2 and Tue 3 September
-eThekwini (for Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal delegates): Thu 5 and Fri 6 September
-Mbombela (for North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga delegates): Mon 9 and Tue 10 September.
In order to be part of this important dialogue, 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, an application form (available from: firstname.lastname@example.org) must be completed and returned on or before 19 July 2019. Applications will be assessed by an industry panel and successful applicants will be contacted on or before 01 August 2019.
Each 2-day dialogue can accommodate a maximum of 25 CAC delegates so please do note that due to limited capacity no late applications will be accepted.
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.