Art & Theatre

Call for SA’s top young creative entrepreneurs, script writers, bursaries, orchestra auditions

Call for SA’s top young creative entrepreneurs

The British Council’s Connect ZA is announcing the Young Creative Entrepreneur Initiative for the leaders that are shaping our creative future.

The initiative forms part of the Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) series that supports and connects the most exciting entrepreneurs across the globe who are innovating the creative and cultural industries. Connect ZA offers five awards over the course of 2014, to young South African Entrepreneurs between the ages of 20-35 years who have been running creative businesses. The awards are in the following areas: Digital Publishing, Live Music, Broadcast, Culture, Fashion and Design.

Through an online application and interview process, the judging panel will identify emerging leaders in creative businesses, who are able to make international connections and to use these to benefit others by having a positive economic, cultural and social impact in communities.

The prize for winning the award is a curated trip to the UK for a unique programme of meetings with UK industry experts, international peer networking, practical business skills workshops and attendance at key UK industry events.

‘The impact of these awards and the possibilities they create have been really positive, and we are looking forward to what this year’s SA winners do with these opportunities.’ – Tom Porter Head of Arts, South Africa.

Applications are now open for the first two awards of the year.

Young Creative Entrepreneur Award, Digital Publishing

We’re looking for exciting new pioneers in Digital Publishing, who are using new technology to engage with and respond to their readers; people who are using cross media ideas to bring publishing to life; companies building innovative businesses in the digital publishing sector.

The winner will travel to London in April 2014 to meet up with other country winners from China, Malaysia, Spain, Portugal, UAE, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Columbia, Brazil, Russia and Spain for the tour. A major element of the tour will be attendance at The London Book Fair (LBF), where each country winner will be asked to pitch their businesses to a panel of experts. Deadline of the South African online application is February 24th 2014.

Young Creative Entrepreneur Award, Live Music

We looking for exciting young promoters of live music, who are looking to present new music in innovative ways or spaces, who are using new or old technology to engage with and respond to their audiences; festivals that are looking to do more than bring people to a field to party; organisations using live music to engage with cultural and social issues and companies building innovative businesses in the live music sector.

Country winners will participate in a shared tour of the UK’s live music sector, including three days at The Great Escape, Europe’s Leading Festival for new music. The programme allows the winners to gain unique access into the UK industry, and act as a springboard for future business collaborations between the UK and internationally. The tour will run from 4-12 May 2014. Deadline for application is 10 March 2014 for Live Music.

For more information and full details of the awards and online applications visit or e-mail Follow us on twitter #Connect_ZA and #yce2014

Call for applications for the next awards will happen throughout the year.


We are looking for four script writers to participate in the Twist
Novel-Script Project in Grahamstown from Monday 30 June to Monday 7
July, 2014.
The Novel-Script project brings together selected writers from South
Africa, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe in a dynamic professional writer’s
development programme. The seven-day programme is a master-class for
writers, mentored by the award winning poet and playwright, Kobus
Moolman. Participants are provided with travel, accommodation, a per
deum, and an invaluable experience.

This is a professional programme, and writers must be mid-career, and
meet the following criteria:

•Fluency in writing and conversing in English,
•Experience with having staged at least 2 of their own original scripts
on the professional stage,
•Computer literacy, and own lap-top for the duration of the project,
•Openness to constructive criticism and workshop processes,
•Full availability over the period Monday 30 June to Monday 7 July,
•The project does involve some preparation, and participants must be
willing to complete an assignment in May.

Applicants should email an application to by
Monday 17 February
Applications MUST include the following:

1) A short one-page Curriculum Vitae containing the following:
Personal Information
Relevant Education and Training
Theatre Writing Experience

2) A short motivation for acceptance to the workshop, with names and
contact details of two theatre-related referees

3) A short 3 – 8 page sample of an original theatre script (please do
not send the full script).

Applicants will be contacted by the end of March regarding the outcome
of the selection process.

The Novel-Script Project is co-ordinated by Twist Theatre Development
Projects in association with the National Arts Festival. Twist Projects
is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Call for applications for funding 2014: Arts Projects and International Bursaries

The National Arts Council hereby invites individuals and registered arts organisations in the performing arts (theatre, dance, music and multi-discipline) to submit their applications for project funding.

Closing date: 28 February 2014
Outcomes date: 31 May 2014

Applications are invited for projects of national significance that are involved in the creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, facilitate access to the arts and markets. Furthermore, applications that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields will be preferable. Projects that celebrate the 20 years anniversary of freedom and democracy are also encouraged to apply. Please note that projects involved in Literature, Visual Arts and Crafts will be invited during the course of the year.

Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply. Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.

Conditions for acceptance of applications:

– All relevant sections of the application form must be filled in completely;

– All requested documentation must be submitted with the application form;

– Applications must be submitted on or before 28 February 2014.

This invitation is also open to arts organisations and individuals that support the involvement of women, youth and people living with disabilities.

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made. Application forms and funding guidelines are available from the National Arts Council office or can be downloaded

For more information, contact the Arts Development Officers at the NAC office.

National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113
66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, 2113
Tel: 011 838 1383
Fax 011 838 6363

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.

This year the Foundation boasts a whole series of Nationals courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 that have attained a minimum Grade 6 music level. The courses help to equip young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians. In the orchestra’s big celebration year they will be performing in the pit for Vuyani Dance Theatre’s 15th anniversary production “Full Moon” in April/May in Johannesburg, then the National Youth Wind Orchestra will gather in Durban in June/July for the Sasol Winter Course and in December the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 will play alongside National Youth Orchestra alumni spanning its five decades, starting in Stellenbosch and Cape Town and doing a tour of South Africa.

The orchestra has appeared on stage with some of the worlds’ best, among them Sir Roger Norrington, Gérard Korsten, Judith Sephuma and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Archbishop had this to say about the orchestra, “Music is important in the lives of young people, it is rare not to see a young person engrossed in music. The National Youth Orchestra is important because it opens up another world of music to the youth. It allows them to become makers of the music not just listeners. Youth in South Africa have so many opportunities available to them and my hope is that they are able to engage themselves fully in these opportunities.”

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications are now open, and can be completed online on their website Applications close on 28 February 2014. Young musicians wishing to apply must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 6 music level and be resident in Southern Africa. To apply visit or e-mail

 (Source – Pansa)
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