Third ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference in March 2015

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), and UJ Arts & Culture, will present the third ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, in March 2015 at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Presented in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA, and entitled Creatives Make It Happen, the conference will run from the 8 – 10 March.

The two and a half day conference aims to provide a forum for developing and inspiring the creative community. Engaging with entrepreneurs, manufacturers, policy makers and implementers; in addition to the advertising, film, design and broader arts industries; it will showcase new ways of cultivating business ideas in a contemporary South Africa.

The conference will host several thought-leaders and leading industry professionals from South Africa, Africa and abroad; and will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with speakers and conference participants alike.

Head of Arts British Council South Africa Levinia Jones takes on conference design, in collaboration with a Content Advisory Team comprising ACT Board members Melissa Goba, Caroline Smart, Themi Venturas and Trish Downing; who are joined by Grace Meadows from UJ Arts & Culture; Molemo Moiloa from VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa) and Lonwabo Mavuso from BASA (Business and Arts South Africa).

Planning of an invigorating programme is well underway; and promises to provide exciting opportunities for practicing makers, doers and connectors working in the creative industries. Entrepreneurs who have found creative ways of making their businesses work, or who have been innovative in their approach, will drive conference content through an exchange of knowledge, experience, opportunities and practical advice.

The 2015 Arts & Culture Conference is a project of the Arts & Culture Trust and UJ Arts & Culture. It is presented in partnership with British Council Connect ZA, the SAMRO Foundation, Pro Helvetia and Business and Arts South Africa.

Details about the conference will be updated on their forthcoming website



About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT):

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.  Follow ACT on Twitter at!/actorgza or like the Trust’s Facebook page at


About UJ Arts & Culture:

UJ Arts & Culture produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes that align to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A variety of cultural activities are offered on all four UJ campuses. Practical experience, as well as performance in a range of genres is available to UJ students, staff, alumni and the general public. For regular updates find them on Facebook (University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture), follow @UJArtsCentre on Twitter, subscribe to their Youtube channel or visit


About British Council Connect ZA:

British Council Connect ZA is a major new series of cultural exchanges between the United Kingdom and South Africa marking 2014 as a celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa. From 2013 to 2015, the programme will support cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the United Kingdom and South Africa with a series of arts projects, and use digital platforms to build creative networks through live music, film, visual art and design. The project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 and 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

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