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ACT SUPPORT (article first published : 2006-06-17)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has funded more than 500 projects across the spectrum in arts, culture and heritage. At a recent meeting of the ACT Board of Trustees, support for a further 31 projects in 11 disciplines to the value of R1million was approved. ACT focuses on the following areas of development: job creation; creative skills; management skills; cultural diversity and cultural tourism marketing. According to ACT Projects Officer, Jerome Balakistan: "Applications were referred to subcommittees comprising Trustees with experience and expertise in the fields of theatre, music, dance, literature, heritage, arts administration, community arts, visual arts, arts education and multi-disciplinary projects." The following projects were selected for support during the current funding cycle:

ARTS ADMINISTRATION: Arts and Teaching Initiatives (ATI) for ATI Workshops which will build capacity in arts administration through a series of workshops with 20 crafters over a six month period.

ARTS EDUCATION: from the hip: khulumakahle for Integrated Professional Development Programme which will contribute to the training and integration of deaf and hearing professionals into the South African theatre industry. The Youth Orchestra Company for Music Teacher Training and Capacity Building, a project that will provide 50 music education training workshops for young musicians over a 10 month period. The Children's Arts Festival which offers pre-primary and primary school learners exposure to the arts and runs concurrently with the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

COMMUNITY ART: The KZN Freedom Extravaganza Group for With Rhyme and Reason which combines poetry and theatre aimed at South African youth to raise their awareness on various social issues. Lekwa Communications for The Cullinan Diamond Maze, a project that will build a maze in the shape of a diamond to reflect the history of Cullinan Refilwe. The Magnet Theatre Educational Trust for "Community Groups Intervention" which aims to strengthen community theatre as an important part of the theatrical landscape in South Africa. The Market Theatre Laboratory for "The Market Lab Annual Community Theatre Festival" which will prepare and present the work of 50 community theatre groups to present a showcase of these in a semi-professional setting.

CRAFT: Limpopo Arts and Culture Association (LACA) for the Golden Rhino Crafts Capacity Building Project, a development programme which will provide training and workshops in products, techniques and skills and also showcase craft products from across Limpopo. Phumani Paper for "Phumani Product and Training Workshops" where assistance will be provided to two community owned craft enterprises through the development and design of consumer products for the tourist market in KZN including technical handmade paper making training for participants. The Craft Council of South Africa for Craft Information and Skills Booklets: Support will be provided for the design and publication of information handbooks on craft and crafts people on a range of subjects including baskets, beadwork, dolls and pottery.

DANCE: Jikeleza for The Hout Bay Youth Collaborative Project in which arts practitioners, Sue Parker-Goodwin and Adele Blank will facilitate dance and music workshops for youth in Hout Bay culminating in showcase performance pieces. The Dance Factory for The Christmas Show, a programme of six new festive dance works by local choreographers featuring students ranging in age from 8 to 20. The Remix Dance Company for The Bluebeard Project which retells the story of Bluebeard in a project incorporating dance, storytelling, aerial work and puppetry.

HERITAGE: Kliptown Our Town Trust for phase one of the "San Souci Revival" which aims to structurally secure the ruin of the old San Souci cinema for outdoor performance and to develop township audiences.

LITERATURE: The Centre for the Book for Turning the Page 2006, a festival of new writing at the Cape Town International Book Trade Fair which will bring several new South African writers together for a series of readings, discussions and workshops. Imbizo Arts for Writing Free: 10 years of Kotaz, an anthology that celebrates a decade of outstanding work published in Kotaz Literary Magazine and will include poetry, prose, photographs and artwork. Jill Trappler for the first phase of The Bill Ainslie Memorial Document which will include extensive research, various interviews and general information gathering with a view to a final publication about Bill Ainslie and his contribution to the visual arts in South Africa.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY: KZNís Awesome Africa for The Awesome Africa Music Festival which is held in Durban and takes the form of an African and world music festival, urban regeneration awareness programme and music education workshops. Pulane Productions for Kukummi: African Stories on the Wings of Wind, a project that takes the form of a play which fuses various performing arts disciplines including dance, music, singing and acting. Myer Taub for "inHERITAGE", a project that combines elements of drama, heritage, memory, performance art and publishing around Cape Town's Heritage Trail.

MUSIC: Johannesburg Music Initiatives for African Choral Music CD Recording which will create a CD to showcase the heritage of South African choral music and will give local choirs an opportunity to hear works performed by the best South African choirs. The Rotary Club of Tygerberg for Rotary Tygerberg Youth Orchestra which will promote the study of music amongst historically disadvantaged youth in the Western Cape. Thomas Rajna for The Valley Song Opera Production and School Tour, an educational outreach project for Western Cape Schools.

THEATRE: Road Six/Cinga Productions for Bay of Plenty: Based on a true story this is a play about five friends set against a backdrop of gang warfare, drugs, violence and the adversity that characterises South Africa's townships. Lara Bye for A Place with Pigs, a physical theatre staging of Athol Fugard's play at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2006 featuring Mongi Mthombeni and Jojo Hawkins. South African National Community Theatre Association (SANCTA) for the SANCTA 27th Annual One Act Festival. Artscape Theatre Centre for the Artscape New Writing Programme which supports new and established playwrights on an annual basis through a range of activities including workshops, stage readings and full scale productions. Dedanizizwe Shabalala for Prince Senie which will explore African Theatre through storytelling, traditional dance, poetry and literature. The Baxter Theatre Centre for the "Baxter 30th Anniversary", a programme of contemporary South African plays which will celebrate 30 years of the Baxter Theatre offering world class local and international theatre for all South Africans. Porteus-Xandau Steenkamp for the play Bird's Eye View which describes the journey of discovery of two male weaverbirds as they attempt to find an alternative food source for their community. It will be presented at the 2006 Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

VISUAL ARTS: The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) for VANSA Curators Workshop, a two-week curators workshop to be convened on Robben Island that will involve emerging and experienced South African and international curators. Artist Proof Studio for Youth Portfolio Development Programme which will train youth in print making and certify youth with accredited unit standards from the NQF Level 4 Design Learnership.

ACT is supported by the following Founding Trustees: The Department of Arts and Culture, The Royal Netherlands Embassy; Nedbank; Sun International and The Vodacom Foundation. For more information visit www.act.org.za




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