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The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity are pleased to announce four new projects for funding through the ACT Development Programme.

From the Press Release: “The Nedbank Arts Affinity is proud to fund these newly approved projects. We support these projects in their on-going commitment to attract audiences and develop the love for arts and culture in our country”, says Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Cause Marketing. The Development Programme has been designed to enhance the continued development of arts and culture in South Africa and provides support for artistic excellence in creative production (development of new South African work), professional development and training for the youth in the form of once-off grants. Projects across the disciplines are eligible for funding and during the 2011 approval cycle, the Board of Trustees of ACT has selected projects that covers four of the Development Programme’s focus areas, which includes: Literature, Visual Art, Music and Theatre. The projects approved for funding are: JUNKETS: THE COLLECTED SERIES Junkets has published 17 individual plays in its Playscript Series. Now, five plays will be collected together in one volume as an anthology. The value for libraries, university drama departments and libraries, schools and school libraries will be considerable. The Collected Series will be an extension of gathering and publishing new South African plays and, in so doing, creating a library of new South African plays. The likeliest first volume in the Collected Series is South African gay plays written and staged since 1994. NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (NAF): ARTS & EXHIBITIONS INTERNSHIP The programme enables university students who are studying Fine Arts/Visual Arts to obtain on-site arts management experience during the built-up to the Festival and during the Festival itself. This strategy supports the vision of the Arts & Culture Trust to strengthen the arts economy by providing mentored and effective internship opportunities for the next generation of arts leaders. WELL WORN THEATRE: PLANET B Well Worn aims to create new and stimulating theatrical work around the themes of climate change and global warming, sustainable and holistic development, social justice and the ever-growing “Eco-Consciousness”. Planet B, a newly devised South African play, is an epic story of survival, simply told with stark visual imagery and a physical theatre style, about two people who find themselves thrown together in a post 2050 climate-ravaged future world where nature is against them. ECPO YOUTH ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE The ECPO’s Youth Orchestral Experience (YOE) has been held annually since 2003, and takes place over five days during the September/October school holidays. It attracts learners from schools throughout the Eastern Cape, who audition for a place in either the Youth Orchestra or Wind Band. Approximately half of the participants each year come from disadvantaged communities served by the ECPO’s Music Investment Project. Prominent conductors and music professionals lead three days of intensive rehearsals, sectionals and individual instruction. This is followed by a day rehearsing in the Feather Market Centre, and a concert performance on the final day. The Feather Market Centre, which holds audiences of up to 1200, is generally packed for this performance. ACT is open for Development Programme funding applications on an on-going basis. For more information about the funding cycles, criteria and application procedure please visit the ACT website at www.act.org.za. The ACT Development Programme is funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity and is supported by Sun International and Business and Arts South Africa.”

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