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NEW SPONSORSHIP FOR GRAHAMSTOWN (article first published : 2003-03-11)

The National Arts Festival today announced two additional sponsors, confirming that the Festival and Arts are firmly entrenched not only in the business community but in South Africa and its people.

The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund announced a R10,5 million sponsorship to be paid over three years, giving the National Arts Festival major leverage to provide a Festival for everyone.

Speaking on behalf of Dr Nevhutalu, Chair of the Distributing Agency for Arts, Culture and National Heritage, Sershan Naidoo said "the NLDTF is committed, amongst others, to the promotion of the arts and will strive to ensure that the funds allocated to the arts sector does just that. The NLDTF believes that the National Arts Festival is an incredible platform for South African performers, often providing opportunities to première South African shows before they go on national and international tours."

The second additional sponsor is the SABC, giving its stamp that they are behind the arts and the National Arts Festival, and will leverage its power to "reach out to South Africans and fulfill its broadcast mandate. Instead of taking a trip to the famous Time Square in New York or Bourbon Street in New Orleans, we want our people to take a journey to Grahamstown,” said Sbu Manqele, general manager corporate marketing of the SABC.

Manqele voiced the visions of the SABC by saying that "the SABC serves as the mirror of the nation, providing a platform to showcase its creativity and it is therefore with utmost pride that the SABC continues its association with the National Arts Festival, which is an integral part of the past, our history and our future."

Ricky Naidoo, on behalf of Standard Bank, announced: "We welcome the National Lotteries Distribution Fund and the SABC as our new partners in this venture together with the ongoing support of the Eastern Cape Government and the National Arts Council which jointly reflect the truly national character of this event and its significance to our country."

Standard Bank has been an integral part of the history and success of the National Arts Festival over a number of years and has been instrumental in securing the pride of place that the Festival has. Its belief in the continuance of the Festival has provided the base for other sponsors to become involved.

Doreen Nteta, CEO of the National Arts Council added her commitment to the Council’s Involvement with the Festival. "We believe that the Festival echoes our voice in the arts arena, and we passionately believe that craft is one area that symbolises the heart of South Africa and needs to be promoted."

Mannie Manim, Chairman of the National Arts Festival spoke on behalf of the Eastern Cape Government. "The Government’s involvement in the area and to the Festival itself is of vital importance, and we truly value their sponsorship and partnership," Manim said.

Started in 1974 as a project of the Grahamstown Foundation, the Festival later became synonymous with its sponsor of 18 years, Standard Bank, and grew to be the leading arts Festival in Southern Africa.

In 2002, following the withdrawal of Standard Bank as main sponsor, the Festival was renamed the National Arts Festival and is now sponsored by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, The National Arts Council and the SABC.




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