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African Arts Institute And National Arts Council Collaborate On 2015/16 South African Handbook On Arts And Culture

A new edition of The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture is now available, published by the African Arts Institute (AFAI), with the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) as the primary partner.

An indispensable resource for contemporary arts and culture practitioners, the 2015/16 edition is edited by Mike van Graan, in association with contributing editors and researchers Mari Stimie and Kim Gurney.

The publication offers invaluable insights and contacts across a wide range of disciplines, including craft, dance, design, fashion, film, heritage, literature, music, theatre and visual art. Executive director of the AFAI and editor of The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture Mike van Graan said: “The Handbook is a practical response to the need for useful information within the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

“Comprising nearly 400 pages, it gives a comprehensive overview of key contacts across the creative industries in SA, including; government departments responsible for arts and culture at both national and local levels; public sector funding agencies and private sector sponsors; international agencies engaged in the creative industries in SA; competitions and awards; professional bodies and key media outlets. It also contains an introductory chapter on Africa for those keen to establish relationships across the continent.”

NAC CEO Rosemary Mangope commented; “The NAC is proud to be the primary partner in the production of The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture, a much-needed resource for our industry. As an organisation we encourage collaboration and partnerships so that, collectively, we can help to realise the dreams of those active in the sector. Not only does the Handbook provide a wealth of practical information that will help readers to act, network and collaborate, the listings celebrate South Africa’s arts and culture sector by pointing to the richness and variety of our local artistic practice and innovation.”

The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture retails at R295 (inclusive of VAT, but excluding packaging and shipping costs) and can be ordered from info@afai.org.za. Orders of 10 - 99 copies are eligible for a discount of 10%, while orders of 100 or more will receive a 15% discount.

Provincial launches are being planned across a range of cities during September and October where the Handbook may be bought directly – follow @nacsouthafrica and www.facebook.com/africanartsinstitute for all the latest updates.

For more information on the AFAI and to order copies of the book please contact Belisa Rodrigues on 021 465 9027/8.

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