Sibikwa hosts cultural inclusion

Seen here is a student from the Sibikwa junior marimba band.

The conference will take place at the Sibikwa Arts Centre at 13 Liverpool Road, in Benoni South.

Community arts centres are integral to fostering a culture of creativity and inclusion.

The National Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with the Sibikwa Arts Centre to realise a sectoral dialogue between Irish, Flemish, French and South African community arts centres.

The purpose is to increase institutional capacity, policy implementation and best practice.

Above all, this conference is a starting point for new perspectives, new challenges and new objectives.

“Research shows that communities who have access to the arts are more cohesive,” says Phyllis Klotz, the director and co-founder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre.

“With this in mind, we are happy to host the conference as it forefronts community arts and community arts centres, which, for too long, have been neglected in South Africa.”


The Shukuma Mzansi! project consists of three segments:

•A pre-conference study tour by South African delegates to Ireland, Flanders and France which took place in January

•A pre-conference study tour by EU delegates to South Africa which took place in February

•The International Conference on Community Arts Centres.

The conference comprises presentations by Irish, Flemish, French and South African experts who will focus on policy implementation, the role of government, audience development, programming, and the creation of a national cooperative community arts centre platform.

“We believe the Shukuma Mzansi! Conference has firm potential to yield a network of optimally functioning and policy driven community arts centres that have the capacity for sustainable delivery of appropriate services and programmes,” concluded Klotz.

For more information, call 011 422 4359 or e-mail [email protected]


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