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NAC CEO Rosemary Mangope Appointed To The IFACCA Board

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The National Arts Council (NAC) is proud to announce that its CEO Rosemary Mangope has been appointed to the board of The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

IFACCA, the respected global network of arts councils and cultural agencies, was founded in 2001 to improve the capacity and effectiveness of government arts funding agencies and to benefit society through networking, advocacy and research. Its vision is a world in which the arts are valued in themselves and for their contribution to strengthening communities and enriching lives.

Outgoing chair of IFACCA Alan Davey welcomed Mangope’s appointment and the valuable experience she brings from her 30-year career in the arts, business and social as well as community development.

Mangope was appointed CEO of the National Arts Council of South Africa in 2013 following an impressive career in the arts arena. In 2009 Mangope was appointed Acting Deputy Director General at the Department of Arts and Culture and, prior to that, was founder and Chief Director of the Arts, Social Development and Youth Division of the Department.

During her tenure to date, the NAC has further broadened its international remit, driving the Canadian Stage: Spotlight South Africa programme, which will see 60 South African artists performing and presenting a range of work in Toronto in April 2015.

This builds on the unparalleled success of the South Africa-France Season 2012 & 2013 when 115 projects took place across South Africa and more than 250 projects and events took place in France.

In 2014 the NAC and ASSITEJ SA also announced a flagship three year partnership which will culminate in the hosting of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town in 2017.

Mangope views collaboration with key stakeholders within South Africa, including government departments such as health, social development, international relations and basic and higher education, as one of her top priorities in order to ensure the NAC continues to have a sustainable impact.

Mangope says of her IFACCA appointment: “I am honoured to represent the African continent and am looking forward to working closely with all the African regions of IFACCA. This platform will allow us to speak with one African voice to ensure that arts and culture assumes its place as a key driver for socio-economic development.

“My primary focus will be sharing information and ideas with some of the world’s top arts practitioners and building networks, while also promoting understanding and enhancing cooperation between arts councils and national arts agencies.”

In this short video filmed at the IFACCA CEO Leadership Seminar in Santiago, Chile, in January 2014, Mangope discusses her inspiration for working in the arts, and the opportunities and challenges for the future.

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