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The National Arts Council of South Africa

The  NAC was established in April, 1997 through an act of parliament (Act no.56 of 1997).

The Act mandates the NAC to:
• Provide and encourage the provision of opportunities for persons to practise the arts;
• Promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the arts;
• Promote the general application of the arts in the community;
• Foster the expression of national identity and consciousness by means of the arts;
• Uphold and promote the right of any person to freedom in the practice of the arts;
• Give the historically disadvantaged such additional help and resources as required to give them greater access to the arts;
• Address historical imbalances in the provision of infrastructure for the promotion of the arts;
• Promote and facilitate national and international liaison between individuals and institutions in respect of the arts; and
• Develop and promote the arts and encourage excellence in regard to these.


The NAC’s vision is be a catalyst in the arts, cultural and creative community that supports the free and diverse artistic expressions.


The NAC’s Mission is to be an accessible and a responsive funding agency, delivering public value by leveraging partnerships to foster the development, promotion and sustainability of the arts sector.