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ARTS AND CULTURE IZIMBIZO (article first published : 2006-04-8)

Dr Z Pallo Jordan, the national Minister of Arts and Culture is embarking on Izimbizo during the period April 6 to 13. In this round of izimbizo the Minister will engage with the visual arts sector; and he will be hosting an Imbizo in the city of Durban for the first time.

The Ministry is collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to make this imbizo a reality. Among them are Visual Arts South Africa (VANSA); The Playhouse in KwaZulu-Natal and the Afrika Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu.

There are two izimbizo taking place in KZN. The first will take place on April 13 from 10h30 to 13h30 at Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre, Kwa Mashu for arts practitioners including community members.

The media as well as arts and culture practitioners are invited to attend the second imbizo on April 14 from 10h00 to 13h00 in the Playhouse Drama.

The period April 6 to 13 is National Imbizo Focus Week. This means that all Government Ministers at National and Provincial level are involved in intensified public interactions across the country.

The theme is “Age of Hope: A National Effort for Faster and Shared Growth.” Thus the Imbizo is also a call to the arts community to participate in a partnership to implement the government’s Programme of Action, by bringing national, provincial and local government together in interaction with communities. This is part of government efforts to enhance community participation and also to make government more responsive to development needs.

The Imbizo will provide an opportunity to make government services more accessible to those who have to benefit from them as well as consolidate existing stakeholder partnerships for accelerated and faster delivery to the benefit of communities. They also ensure that government keeps in touch with communities to monitor effective and faster development.

More information from Premi Appalraju, MLO: Ministry Arts and Culture on 082 375 2939 or Sandile Memela on 082 800 3750.




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