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ARTSPOKEN (article first published : 2002-02-11)

Artslink.co.za is inviting everyone and anyone who has something to say about the arts, to say it on South Africa's biggest and most comprehensive arts, culture and entertainment website.

Whether you are a professional writer or journalist, a budding talent, an industry spokesperson, or simply a member of the audience who would like to comment, Artslink.co.za is offering you a free platform.

Artslink.co.za's founder and webmaster, TJ de Klerk, says this invitation is the next step towards realising the Artslink.co.za vision an all-encompassing website linking and networking everyone involved in South African arts and culture - which was born over a (very) late-night pizza at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 1996.

Today, Artslink.co.za is many things: it operates as an ISP (internet service provider), hosts and designs websites, distributes information about arts, culture and entertainment and is a unique arts, culture and entertainment news agency.

"Each year we add a new dimension," De Klerk says. "In 2000 it was the Show Guide, in 2001 the Arts Diary and ACEwire, which established the principle of writers writing specifically for the website and sending their work out to the media via our e-mail database. Now it is time to open up and make that facility available to all through the ArtSpoken service."

With newspapers and magazines cutting down on arts coverage and arts programmes on radio and television few and far between, the role of Artslink.co.za is even more important. Issues must be raised and debated, little-known projects must be brought to the public eye and new young writers, the arts writers of the future, must be developed and nurtured.

In the first category are reviews. Seen any good (or bad) shows lately? Short reviews (75 to 300 words recommended) are invited which will be pinned automatically to the theatre's Show Guide entry to inform potential theatre-goers. Directors and cast members can add their comments and, hopefully, a buzz will be created that will keep everyone entertained and informed. Naturally reviews of exhibitions, concerts and festivals are equally welcome.

Longer articles on issues of the day, discussion points or interviews with people who are doing interesting work in arts-related fields (up to 1000 words recommended) will be posted on the website and, at webmasters' discretion, could be sent out to ACEmail subscribers or to the media on ACEwire. If the articles are sold, the fee will be paid in full to the writer.

For guidelines and to make submissions go to www.artslink.co.za/artspoken More details can be found at http://www.artslink.co.za or contact 011 487-3689 or e-mail: info@artslink.co.za




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