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NAC NEWS (article first published : 2003-05-18)

The National Arts Council is receiving numerous enquiries from the Arts community with regard to the funding results, which should have been released on April 30, 2003, and the appointment of new staff.

The advisory panels have met to make funding recommendations and interviews have been held for the new positions. Both these recommendations are ready for presentation to the incoming board.

“Although we would have wished to communicate with the Arts community sooner, we cannot release any results pending approval and ratification by the Board of the National Arts Council,” reports a recent press release.

“Due to much speculation in the media and in the interests of transparency we have decided to inform you that while a new board has not as yet been appointed, the term of office of the old board has not been extended. All enquiries concerning the appointment of the National Arts Council Board should be directed to Department of Arts and Culture.”

The press release goes on to say: “Last year was a bumper year for the arts in this country - production of new works, increased platforms for the arts, new networks for artists and some stabilisation for companies who received funding for three years, renewable annually. We regret the delay but hope to strengthen our ties with the arts community in developing a flourishing cultural landscape heralding in a new board on the eve of ten years of democracy in South Africa.”

Queries to the National Arts Council on 011 838 1383.




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