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Pansa News


11 November 2013
Do you want to showcase your talent to many eyes that might help boost your career in the arts? Well, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) brings you, 'The Blue Monday Platform'!
The Blue Monday Platform is, is an evening that gives performance artists an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their craft and ability to key Performance Professionals that are active in the local performance industry and abroad.
All skilled and talented performers that want to break into the professional arena are welcome to audition in the following categories:
•             Writing
•             Directing
•             Acting
•             Singing/ Rapping
•             Dancing (All Genres)
•             Poetry
The blue Monday platform not only allows you to showcase your talent but gives you an opportunity to meet and network with other artists in the industry.
The Blue Monday platform is an exciting, eventful evening for the whole family, so bring your friends and support.
Date: 11 November 2013
Time: 6pm
Venue: Catalina Theatre. (Above Zacks restaurant at Wilson’s wharf)
If you're interested in participating, contact Mthokozisi Zulu at:
031 201 4750


The Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) presents:
17th Poetry Africa
International Poetry Festival
14 - 18 October 2013 - Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 7pm
19 October 2013 - Bat Centre: 7pm
The 17th Poetry Africa – International Poetry Festival presented in partnership with the City of Durban and the KZN Department of Arts and Culture is proud to announce the festival line-up, which promises to be an exhilarating showcase of diverse voices and sounds. Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) to take place from 14-19 October, this festival is a critical platform for self-expression that offers a space for cultural exchange in the city of Durban.
The festival's line-up features a ground-breaking poetry project – a 12 track recorded album entitled Insurrections – featuring poets and ethnomusicologists from India and South Africa. The project sees the rich sounds of the Indian music. The ensemble will perform on Thursday, 17 October.
Keeping with the musical theme of this year's edition, the festival will feature five poets who also work as recording musicians, and spoken word poets from Africa and abroad including four poets from the Irish poetry collective O'Bheal will present their work at the festival. This contingent consists of Paul Casey, Afric McGinchey, Billy Ramsel and American-born Raven. Completing the international line-up will be Ian Kamau (Canada), Barnabe Laye (Benin) and Raphael d'Abdon (Italy/ South Africa).

Careers in the Arts

Umsindo theatre projects from Umlazi is looking for a coordinator/manager.
Call for a coordinator/manager to work together with the artistic directors, Siso and Goso Shabalala. Umsindo Theatre projects from Umlazi is looking for someone who can work one day a week.

– He or she must have coordinating skills.
– He or she must have accounting skills in finances.
– He or she must be able to make a planning and make sure everyone knows about it and is
   where he or she is supposed to be.
– He or she should be able to write, with the input of the artistic directors  a funding proposal.
-  Good writing and speaking skills in English.
– Would be nice if one comes from Umlazi.
– No specific artistic skills needed.
– Most networking is done by the artistic directors, but it would be nice if the coordinator      understands the local politics.
– Having a driving license is always a plus!

Umsindo's mission is  a unique community arts centre, for the people, by the people from Umlazi, run in a professional way. We run after school activities in different disciplines. We make and present shows with the best talents from Umlazi to create confronting, entertaining theatre that is authentic, hilarious, raw and in a funny way disturbing.
Our vision is: to establish within five years an Arts Centre in Umlazi, with its own building and staff.  An art center with accredited training programs for individuals and schools.
For those who want to apply please send your letter and CV  before Monday 21th of October to Umsindo:
The payment is according to the income of the projects.

Business/ Ops Manager, Artist Proof Studio

Reporting to the Board, the successful candidate should have a relevant degree, minimum of 5 years business management experience.

Managing a business unit for profit as well as an understanding of the arts and culture sector, CSI, and corporate funding. Accountable and responsible for the following job expectations:

* Manage the business of Artist Proof Studio, creating a motivating and enabling environment.

* Develop, implement and measure and drive the business through a business directed performance management system for the APS Business Units and Unit Managers.

* Develop business opportunities, creating business, public and private sector partnerships and managing fund raising, grants and donors.

* Co-ordinate, direct the strategic plan of Artist Proof Studio ensuring effective and efficient implementation.

* Comply with all corporate governance, HR legislation and sector legislation requirements.

To apply for the above position, please forward a relevant CV in MS Word format – to Artist Proof Studio at Enquiries may be made by telephoning Thembe on 011 492 1278 Please do not send any certificates, diplomas or testimonials. We thank all applicants for their interest. Communication will be with short-listed applicants only.

PR & Marketing Officer position, MADE

MADE wishes to engage a creative and dynamic individual to develop, manage and implement MADE’s marketing and publicity strategies.

The individual will be vital in creating and maintaining the positive image of the organisation, building its reputation with the public. The candidate must be well versed in social media, media relations and local government.

Key roles of the Marketing and Publicity Officer will be to:
- Effectively promote the organisation and its activities to ensure maximum exposure to a wide range of the communities.
- Identify, develop and maintain positive relations with the public, media, funders, local arts groups and individuals, to secure the organisations operational and financial sustainability and development.

Main duties and responsibility:
- Using a range of marketing and publicity tools to maximise income, by increasing audience attendance at a range of activities and events, both at the organisation and across the communities as part of outreach and in-house initiatives.
- In conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, developing, presenting, implementing and reviewing the organisations audience development, marketing and publicity action plan as part of the organisation’s overall business plan.
- Developing positive working relationships with printed and broadcast media to promote the organisation and its activities through the management and production of press releases and briefings, editorials, brochures, listing, social media and advertising campaigns.
- Management of press and publicity
- Identifying and implementing ways to increase awareness of the organisation and to promote activities and events locally, nationally and internationally.
- Research funding opportunities with various donors for projects and work of the organisation, and assisting with the preparation of applications to secure funding, and create sponsorship packages.
- Develop fundraising activities
- Develop our profile locally, nationally and internationally through devising appropriate marketing campaigns.
- Managing and updating the organisation’s digital communication including the website, e-newsletter and social media
- Preparing reports for the organisation for sponsors, external funders and others on the success of various initiatives, activities and events.
- Developing good working relations with artists, art groups and organisations, funders
- Representing the organisation at external meetings as required

Matric/Grade 12 plus a 3 year tertiary qualification or a relevant certification accredited by SAQA as applicable.
2 – 3 years relevant experience
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Ability to work independently and in a team
Ability to work well under pressure
Ability to think creatively and willing to work after hours
Working knowledge of MS Office

Position conditions:
The position is a Fixed-term employment contract.
Salary is negotiable
Successful candidate must have own transport

Please reply with a concise CV, letter of motivation and 3 references to with PR & Marketing Officer position in the subject line. Alternatively please fax to 086 241 6974.
Any queries should be directed to Mamello Hadebe at or 086 241 6974.

Closing date: 31 October 2013.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The successful candidate must be available immediately

Art Therapy Centre employment opportunity

The Art Therapy Centre is looking for an Operations/Programme Manager

The challenge to institutionalise an NPO in the psychosocial health sector with policies, efficient and effective systems and procedures to support multiple projects and ensure its sustainability into the future.

The key responsibility would be the rollout of the business and implementation plan for 12 identified projects to increase access to creative arts and community art counselling within disadvantaged communities in terms of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

In this regard you would have to do the following:

1. Project management

2. Develop and implement an organizational infrastructure which would support and sustain the existing and new projects into the future through the implementation of automated and manual systems, processes and procedures.

3. Performance management of the projects in terms of the NLDTF guidelines

4. Manage the NLDTF money in terms of the budget allocation and current and future funding reserves

5. Prepare and submit reports - monthly, in terms of the NLDTF guidelines and to the Board as and when requested

6. Develop and implement policies such as on Volunteerism, Interns and Facilitators.

7. Stakeholder and relationship management which is as diverse as corporates, donors and funders, rural and urban communities, trauma victims, children

8. Communication with all stakeholders

9. Fundraising, proposal submissions

NOTE: This is a one year fixed term contract.

To apply for the above position, please forward a relevant CV in MS Word format – to pinpoint one human resources via e-mail or fax to: or fax: 086 403 2154.

Enquiries may be made by telephoning Clive H Viveiros on 011 325 5101.

Please do not send any certificates, diplomas or testimonials.

We thank all applicants for their interest.

Communication will be with short-listed applicants only.

The Glitter Girls
Rhumbelow Pmb: 20 Oct
Rhumbelow Dbn: 25 – 27 Oct; 1 – 3 Nov
The Glitter Girls: Reunion of ’89  Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon. The Berlin Wall... Spandex... Dallas... 1989 was a special year. But now these three girls have to go back! Back to neon, back to big hair and back to Skolliesville High!
24 years later, Skolliesville High is finally having their 20 year reunion (on account of Tina Davis nee Davies having misplaced 2002 - 2005). And that means the Glitter Girls are going to relive their greatest triumphs and heartbreaks at the reunion of the century! All the hits, all the boys (and a few crazy characters you'll never forget), all from the past... And where they are today!

(Source - Pansa)

Article by +Fred Felton 

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