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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.

NEWS

 



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.

Flanders signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Botswana

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Flemish Minister-president Geert Bourgeois and the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana, Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between both governments. The MoU confirms the intention of Flanders and Botswana to collaborate in the fields of agriculture and tourism. The preparation of this memorandum was decided upon by the former Minister-president during a visit to Botswana in 2013.

Shukuma Mzansi International Community Arts Centres Conference 2017

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The Shukuma Mzansi International Community Arts Centres Conference 2017 took place from 22 to 24 March, and was hosted by the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni, in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture. This conference, funded under the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Dialogue Facility, provides a forum for dialogue between various Irish, Flemish, French and South African community cultural centres. Topics that were covered include capacity building, programming, sourcing funding and policy implementation, and involved an exchange of ideas and strategies between the participants.

Flanders supports cultural heritage in Africa through UNESCO

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On 24 February the Government of Flanders decided to grant a new contribution of 900.000 euros to one of its two trust funds at Unesco. For over 15 years Flanders has been supporting both scientific projects and  the protection of cultural heritage, with a specific focus on Africa, through these trust funds. It was the cultural heritage fund that was replenished now. Since 2000, Flanders has supported UNESCO for around 35 million euros.
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