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Two Flemish bands at Oppikoppi Festival

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Oppikoppi is one of the biggest multiple day music festivals in South Africa, held in the mining town of Northam in the Limpopo province. The festival this year takes place from 5 to 7 October. It attracts more than 20.000 people each year, who come to enjoy rock or one of the many other music genres on stage. Recently, the festival started a cooperation with the Pukkelpop festival in Flanders. As a result of this cooperation, two Flemish bands are on the line up this year: Sleepers’ Reign and Intergalactic Lovers. You can come and watch both bands on Saturday 7 October: Sleepers’ Reign at 15:00 on the main stage and Intergalactic Lovers at 21:00 on the bruilof stage. For more info, please see: https://www.oppikoppi.co.za/. Tickets are availaible through https://www.festicket.com/festivals/oppikoppi/2017.

European Film Festival 2017 in South Africa

Treat yourself to the best of European Cinema

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The European Film Festival is back for the 4th time at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban from 5 to 14 May. The Belgian film in the 2017 film festival,  "King of the Belgians", is sponsored by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders together with the Embassy of Belgium. King of the Belgians is a comedic piece coming out of Belgium, which sees the Belgian king and his entourage crossing the Balkans in a madcap adventure, after learning of a coup back home. Acknowledged by the Rotterdam International Film Festival, this movie is a road trip with a difference, at once thoughtful, hilarious and wild.

For more information, visit www.eurofilmfest.co.za or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook: #EuroFilmFestSA.

Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

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The KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) takes place in Outdtshoorn from 8-15 April. This ever popular festival boasts a strong Flemish presence this year as the Government of Flanders is supporting a number of events. First up is KRITIEK, a new project launched by Kunste Onbeperk to promote arts journalism. Six writers will participate in a Festival mentorship programme, which includes workshops (6 and 7 April). Flemish art journalist Evelyne Coussens was one of the workshop presenters. The Government of Flanders has also provided the support to bring choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle to the KKNK where he will stage his Walking the LIne, a cross between performance, choreography and installations. Ma tête est mon village (My head is my village) showcases another Flemish choreographer, Jan Wallyn.

Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Conference

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The Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Conference will take place at the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni from 22 to 24 March 2017. The National Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with the Sibikwa Arts Centre to realise this sectoral dialogue between Irish, Flemish, French and South African Community Arts Centres with the purpose of  increasing institutional capacity, policy implementation and best practice; it is above all a starting point for new perspectives, new challenges and new objectives. 

US Woordfees 2017

Wys!

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From 3 to 12 March 2017, the annual Woordfees arts festival takes place at the University of Stellenbosch. This year's slogan is "Wys!".

A number of Flemish artists and writers will be present at the festival, with support of the Government of Flanders.

NEWS

 



Digital toolkit on youth volunteering

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Flanders and South Africa have been working together on youth development since 1997. In May of this year, Mr Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth and Media visited South Africa to celebrate the 20th anniversay of this intense cooperation. The current 5-year programme 2015-2020 focuses on ‘Promoting and Up-Scaling Youth Volunteering in Civil Society Organizations’. As part of the youth volunteer programme, a digital toolkit was set up under the ‘My hands and heart’ website. This toolkit should provide an online database for youth volunteer workers.

Minister-President Bourgeois on 11-day visit to Southern Africa

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The Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, H. E. Mr. Geert Bourgeois, undertook a 11 day visit to South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique from 15 to 26 August 2017. The visit had a strong focus on the development cooperation between Flanders and these 3 partner countries, and included site visits to projects throughout the region. In addition, Mr. Bourgeois also met with a number of political leaders in the three countries and attended activities that showcase the wide variety of the cooperation with the Southern African region: be it academic cooperation, economic cooperation and trade, human rights, and so on.

Bilateral consultation on development cooperation between Flanders and South Africa

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On Tuesday 20 June, the bilateral consultation on development cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The objective of the meeting, hosted by the International Development Cooperation unit of the National Treasury, was to present the context of development cooperation between Flanders and South Africa, and to discuss the state of affairs regarding the implementation of the second Country Strategy Paper (CSP II, 2012-2016). Furthermore, the four CSP II projects on SME development, social entrepreneurship and outcome-based performance instruments that are implemented by South African government were presented. In the second part of the meeting, the new Country Strategy Paper (2017-2021), that will focus on climate change and the green economy, was presented and discussed. Both partners were satisfied with the quality of the dialogue and the outcome of the meeting, which took place in a constructive atmosphere.

Minister Gatz in South Africa to celebrate 20 years of cooperation in youth development

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From 25 May to 1 June, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders had the pleasure of hosting Mr Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs in South Africa. The main focus of his visit was the cooperation between South Africa and Flanders on youth policy, a cooperation that is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Another emphasis of the visit was culture, and more particularly the ASSITEJ World Congress and Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in Cape Town.
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