Debut Online Launch

Partnered by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) will be taking 120 new and emerging creatives to market on 15 November with the launch of the DEBUT ONLINE. The online showcase will profile the participants as well as provide a platform for audience to vote for them…

New leadership for BASA Board

Zingisa Motloba has been appointed as the new Board Chairperson of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and Hilton Lawler is the new Deputy Chair. Ms Motloba succeeds Charmaine Soobramoney, who stepped down at the September 2021 BASA Annual General Meeting after serving as Chair for the past four years. Mr Lawler takes the Deputy…

Pride Under Lockdown – a call to look back

Today marks 31 years since the first Pride March in South Africa. It was held in Johannesburg in 1990. Lockdown has scuppered the big Pride parades this year. Many of them have been virtual and the action has largely played out on social media, teetering dangerously close to slacktivism, merging into commercial and retail marketing…

BASA appoints new non-executive director

Msimeki Nkatingi has been appointed as a non-executive director on the Board of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA). Mr Nkatingi was elected at the BASA Annual General Meeting held on 30 September 2021. He is the founder and Managing Director of MIN Creative Co (Pty) Ltd, a branding and marketing agency. He graduated…

2021 BASA Awards Showcase

uKhoiKhoi featuring Yogin Sullaphen and Anelisa Stuurman (aka Annalyzer), Manthe Ribane and Dear Ribane, Lebo Mashile, Masasa Mbangeni, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Johannesburg Youth Orchestra and the National School of the Arts are just some of the emerging and established artists and art organisations that have been showcased at the annual BASA Awards. “While the key focus…

BASA Call for Nominations

BASA Call for Nominations Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) has a vacancy on the Board of Directors. The purpose of this notice is to call for nominations for a new member to fill this position. The current Board comprises 12 Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director, all of whom contribute to the overall…

24th BASA AWARDS THEME CALLS FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR TO RISE

One of the creative sector’s most anticipated awards events, the 24th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, shines a spotlight on partnerships with the arts that have, through their projects, made a positive impact.  “Art stimulates creativity. Businesses that understand the power of art to the mind, heart, and the bottom- line collaborate with creatives and…

Nelson Mandela International Day

This Nelson Mandela International Day, the BASA community is joining the nation in celebrating the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world. Here is how some of our members are marking the 67 years Tata Madiba spent fighting for social justice: Nando’s has challenged each internal department to collect 67 blankets…

ASSEMBLY Conversations’ series launches

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA), partnered by British Council Southern Africa Arts (British Council), has announced the launch of a new series of curated conversations linked to their joint ASSEMBLY initiative. A hybrid of live and digital engagements across social, digital and media platforms, the aim of ASSEMBLY, which took place earlier this…

BASA Awards 2021 entries open

Entries are open for the 24th Annual BASA Awards partnered by Hollard. “This year’s Awards once again aims to spotlight the imaginative ways in which the business and creative sectors have partnered for mutual benefit,” comments BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien. “All too often, changing economic conditions increase the pressure on businesses to justify the value…

Applications now open for BASA Supporting Grants

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) invites arts projects that have received business sponsorship to apply for a Supporting Grant. “To date, BASA has disbursed in excess of R41 million to over 1680 projects, which in turn have leveraged over R537m in sponsorship from the business sector. That equates to R13m of corporate support…

BASA VACANCIES

At Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) we are driven to create meaningful, sustainable relationships between business and the arts. Since inception in 1997, BASA has been a significant catalyst and connector, both cementing and amplifying powerful partnerships between more than 1 600 business and arts partners, to effect meaningful social change. If your…

BASA Assembly Draws Creative and Business Sectors Together

Complex conversations and the stirrings of systemic change were the hallmarks of the inaugural Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) ASSEMBLY held from 24–26 March 2021 and presented in partnership with British Council Southern Africa Arts. The fully digital, free event comprised a series of discussions, podcasts, presentations, and live panels to address the urgent…

Day 2 of BASA ASSEMBLY gives voice to our artists

Day 2 of BASA ASSEMBLY gives our local artists the opportunity to offer their perspective on the creative economy, particularly how the current landscape of the sector may limit the critical scope needed for sustainability. The day starts at 10.00, with artist Lee-Ann van Rooi, who puts her perspective forward in NOW WE’RE TALKING. The…

Focus and support lifts BASA’s Debut Programme

The 2021 iteration of BASA’s Debut Programme has outstripped planned key milestones. Unique in its aim to provide business and entrepreneurial skills development to emerging artists in all nine provinces of South Africa, the programme is committed to providing participants with a suite of skills that sweep the range required to launch, build or sustain…

Lit line-up for BASA ASSEMBLY

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) in partnership with British Council Southern Africa Arts has announced the programme line-up for their joint venture ASSEMBLY. Billed as “not a conference, an un-conference, an indaba, a colloquium, or a symposium,” ASSEMBLY is a hybrid of live and digital engagements across social, digital and media platforms launching…

Thought leaders headline BASA ASSEMBLY

Business and Arts South Africa’s (BASA) ASSEMBLY, partnered by the British Council, is a programme of hybrid live and digital engagements across social, digital and media platforms, set to go live to the public on 25 and 26 March 2021. Themed ‘Creativity Now: Cultural intelligence in the time of COVID-19’, BASA ASSEMBLY seeks to explore…

BASA ASSEMBLY partnered by British Council

Partnered by British Council Southern Africa Arts, Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) will be launching a hybrid live-and-digital platform called ASSEMBLY on 25 March 2021. “British Council Southern Africa Arts is thrilled to be partnering with BASA again in this platform of enquiry and curiosity,” remarks Levinia Jones, Head of Arts Southern Africa.…

What to expect at the International Public Arts Festival 2021

The International Public Arts Festival (IPAF) – one of Africa’s largest and most anticipated public arts festivals – is set to entrance visitors from 10-14 February 2021. Attracting top talent from South Africa and overseas, the fifth edition of the IPAF promises a dazzling array of captivating art installations. The five-day event is hosted by Baz-Art, a street art platform…

MRS + MR Luke Making Their Mark

The theme of this year’s 23rd annual BASA Awards is INDELIBLE, accompanied by the hashtag: #MakeYourMark. “It is both a celebration and a call to action,” explains BASA Head of Marketing, Savannah Feeke-Fortune. “It’s the reason we commissioned Mrs + Mr Luke to create seven installations at seven secret locations around Johannesburg. Without giving the…

The Indelible Art of Banele Khoza

Visual artist, curator and gallery director Banele Khoza is the featured artist for the 23rd annual Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards partnered by Hollard. Banele Khoza has been commissioned to create the works being presented to the winning partnerships that will be recognised by this year’s BASA Awards. The works, many of them abstract,…

BASA Awards 2020 Q&A

CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Ashraf Johaardien (AJ) describes the 2020 iteration of the annual BASA Awards partnered by Hollard as, “an integrated online experience available to the public from 19 November 2020.” Sascha Polkey (SP) chatted to him to find out more: SP Ashraf, we’ve known each other for nearly three…

BASA Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

The 23rd Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, are once again shining a spotlight on indelible business and arts partnerships in seven categories. Every year is a celebration of the power of these collaborations but, as BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien notes, this year they are more important than ever: “As the country and the world try to…