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It is hard to believe that the year is already coming to an end and the festive season is fully upon us. It is during this time that we take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was. And there’s no denying that 2019 has been a momentous year for the National Arts Council (NAC), and the arts fraternity as a whole.
In keeping with its mandate to support and develop South Africa’s arts, culture and heritage sector, the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) has approved R26-million in funding for beneficiaries across the country.
The National Heritage Month 2019, kicked off with an activation on 2 September 2019 at the National Library of South Africa. An exhibition was held to showcase different literary classics books. This was done towards the activation and support of this year's theme.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated in South Africa annually on 21 May. The day is observed to promote diversity, as well as to highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue.
A new copyright law is just President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signature away from implementation, but critics are claiming that the legislation, which they see as a capitulation to the interests of tech giants such as Google, could have dire consequences for the creative industries.
NAC Council member and Chairperson for the Capacity Building Funding Programme, Ms Mandie van der Spuy, has been bestowed the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Knight in the French Legion of Honour) by the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud on behalf of the French President in Pretoria on Thursday 11 April 2019.