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International Public Art Festival in Cape Town

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The second annual International Public Art Festival will be held in Salt River, Cape Town from 10-19 February 2018. The festival is an initiative of NGO Baz' Art, with the aim to create greater awareness of public art and also to use it as a medium to educate, uplift and inspire the public. This edition boasts an eclectic mix of international and local street artists, as they interpret this year’s theme of “Nature Doesn’t Need Us: We Need Nature.” One of the artists is the Flemish street artist ROA, best known for painting birds and animals in an urban environment.

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Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa

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On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The governments of Flanders and South Africa have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past twenty years. The meeting provided room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of these longstanding bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified, including innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, and culture.

€ 5 million for agricultural projects in Malawi

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On 16 November, the Government of Flanders approved a grant of 5 million Euro for agricultural projects in Malawi. A total of 300,000 families in rural areas will benefit. “The majority of the population consists of smallholder farmers. By increasing their productivity and improving market access for crops, Flanders chooses to contribute towards an efficient agricultural policy in Malawi,” according to Minister-president Geert Bourgeois.

Flemish street art in Cape Town

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Harrington Street in Cape Town has acquired a whole new look, thanks to Flemish street artist Smates. With the support of the Government of Flanders in collaboration with Baz-Art, Smates (Bart Smeets), has created a 400 m2 public art work - the largest mural in Cape Town. Capetonians and visitors were able to watch the artist at work from 5 to 11 November. 

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