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SUCCESSFUL ACT RECIPIENTS (article first published : 2004-08-14)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has announced the names of the successful recipients and projects that will receive vital funding from the body.

More than R1.2 million will be distributed during this funding cycle as ACT continues to devote its energies to the upliftment of communities through the arts. This would not have been possible without the further commitment and generous donations made the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

This year saw 30 applicants in nine disciplines being awarded grants. These organisations are to be congratulated for their high standards of work, their commitment and passion and the inspirational example that they set for the community who will feel the benefits for years to come. All projects that have been successful will be subject to ACT monitoring during the funding cycle, to ensure that funds are used for their intended purpose.

Among the KZN projects selected for funding is the Msunduzi Music Centre (granted R15,000). This is a part-time initiative run by a group of accomplished jazz musicians and qualified tutors, to provide subsidised music tuition to youth from disadvantaged communities in the Pietermaritzburg area. More than 40 students are enrolled each year and offered theory of music, rhythm studies and practical in guitar, drums, piano, saxophone and recorder.

Another KZN recipient is the Flatfoot Dance Company’s project Walking Like an African (granted R41,000). This new cutting edge contemporary dance performance season comprises three works including a new work They Have not Wept the men of my Country by FNB Vita winner Lliane Loots with two works by Musa Hlatshwayo. A schools workshop programme will run alongside the Durban performance dates. Flatfoot Dance Company is based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Riason Naidoo, who KZN art lovers will remember from the time he worked at the Durban Art Gallery has been selected for his Indian Identity in Drum magazine in the '50s exhibition (granted R15,000). This aims to look at an alternative Indian identity in South Africa in the 50’s and give exposure and recognition to photographers who have been forgotten. It aims to redress historical imbalances and perceptions of the past. The exhibition is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in early 2005. The exhibition will be in the form of black and white photographs, mainly digitally printed from Drum archives. The Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Durban Art Gallery and the South African national Gallery have expressed interest in hosting the exhibition.

Zanendaba Storytellers national storytelling workshop and performance project (granted: R60,000) Storytelling in South Africa is often used as a form of information sharing and educating communities on issues such as women and child abuse and HIV/Aids. The project aims to use storytelling techniques to deliver a series of workshops tackling a variety of social issues in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Stories will be researched and developed into a workshop/performance format.

ACT was founded in 1994 by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Nedbank, Sun International and the Vodacom Foundation. ACT focuses on five areas of development: job creation; creative skills; management skills; cultural diversity, awareness and understanding (the promotion of local cultures and facilitation of cultural exchange) and cultural tourism and marketing (the expansion of the local and international markets for SA culture).

Only projects that fell within the scope of at least one of the five focus areas were evaluated according to merit, impact, development, sustainability, capacity and profile.

For more information contact the Arts & Culture Trust on 011 295 8455 or email info@act.org.za or visit http://www.act.org.za




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