The Artisan, Volume 6
Often when engaging in matters relating to the creative fields, we mention the phrase “arts, culture and heritage (ACH)” without paying much attention to the “heritage” part of the phrase. In a sense, the “H” in the abbreviation has become redundant and somewhat of an ornament in our everyday parlance, superficially incorporated into our jargon and lists of catchphrases.
Heritage month is about celebrating who we are as a people and one way of doing so is through the arts. Having just come out of heritage month we look back by speaking to four arts industry heads on the importance of the arts in celebrating our heritage.
The late, great Nelson Mandela once said: “Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation.”
The National Arts Council (NAC) of South Africa has awarded R23 million in grants to 116 organisations countrywide who will receive funding for the next three years in various arts disciplines. This is an increase from the last funding cycle where 98 organisations received three year funding.
Imagine a young man’s journey from his roots in a rural village to the sprawling township of Mamelodi near Pretoria. He is in search of wealth, love and connection, and for the first time in his life, he makes contact with people of other races, cultures, traditions and languages.