BASA Empowers Creative Projects with Supporting Grants Programme

For more than twenty years, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has been a pioneer in nurturing connections between the corporate world and the creative industries. The BASA Supporting Grants Programme has played a crucial role in establishing collaborations between businesses and artists, facilitating creative ventures nationwide. This programme, sustained by an annual allocation from…

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BASA hosts ‘My Debut Story’ Panel Discussion

Business and Arts South Africa gears up to host the ‘My Debut Story’ panel discussion, an integral part of our Debut Programme. Scheduled to take place on the 2nd of November 2023, this engaging discussion will be hosted at the prestigious Soweto Theatre. A remarkable assembly of select alumni from the second iteration of the…

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The Genius of the ‘And’

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has unveiled its new logo, signaling the commencement of the organisation’s rebranding journey. The announcement was made by CEO, Ashraf Jacobs-Johaardien during the prestigious 26th Annual BASA Awards ceremony held at the iconic Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town on 13 October 2023…

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BASA Supporting Grants Programme Now Accepting Applications

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) application window for the Supporting Grants Programme, funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is now open. To date, the Supporting Grants Programme has provided support to over 1765 beneficiaries, injecting more than R46 million into the creative sector. Additionally, it has successfully leveraged in excess of R590…

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Debut Programme Application Deadline Extended

The programme is aimed at empowering emerging artists in rural and peri-urban areas with the business acumen needed to become profitable creative entrepreneurs. It provides artists with skills development, mentorship and funding opportunities to support their creative ventures. To date, the Debut Programme has equipped more than 648 emerging creatives with business skills and development…

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New Partners for BASA Awards

It’s not only economics that is driving an era of collaboration. Businesses who work with creatives are seeing the benefits of a left brain-right brain relationship to solve problems, deliver on their social investment and create clear and authentic messages that brands can align with. As Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) prepares for its…

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CALLING YOUNG CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is excited to announce the third iteration of its Debut Programme in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), which is aimed at empowering emerging artists in rural and peri-urban areas with the relevant business acumen to be profitable creative entrepreneurs. Applications are now open via…

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BASA PESP4 CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) invites registered small and micro enterprises operating within the cultural and creative industries to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) grant funding. The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) is aimed at creating opportunities in the creative and cultural sectors, with a strong emphasis on shared value.…

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26th BASA Awards Finalists Announced

Now in its 26th year, the annual BASA Awards are a testament to the power of forging connections between the seemingly disparate domains of business and the arts. For the first time since Covid-19, a live announcement of the 48 finalists (24 partnerships) for this year’s prestigious awards took place at the Living Room in…

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New BASA Directors Appointed at 2023 AGM

Following a public call for nominations, Nizenande Machi, PJ Sabbagha, Phumza Rengqe and, Simon Camerer have been voted in as new Directors of the Board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 17 August 2023. Zingisa Motloba, Chairperson of BASA, expressed her…

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Phenomenal women adjudicate #BASA26 Awards

On the occasion of National Women’s Day in South Africa, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is proud to introduce the all-female adjudication panel for the 26th Annual BASA Awards. BASA is a membership organisation that elevates partnerships between businesses and the arts in South Africa; to this end, the BASA Awards celebrate and showcase…

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Apply for a BASA Supporting Grant

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) invites compelling creative and corporate partnerships to activate their collaboration by applying for a Supporting Grant. “Supporting Grants are the heart of BASA’s vision, mission and purpose,” says BASA CEO Ashraf Jacobs-Johaardien. “Funded by an allocation from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the programme designed to…

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BASA Call for Board Nominations

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) has four vacancies on the Board of Directors and the purpose of this notice is to call for nominations. The current Board comprises 12 Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director, all of whom contribute to the overall success, governance, and compliance of the organisation. BASA was founded in…

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Visualise a New Perspective this Youth Day

As an extension of the broader Halls’ Breathe For It campaign, the IDC is launching ‘Infinite Perspectives: A Contemporary Celebration of the Young Artist’ on Youth Day 2023. This new showcase will provide an additional opportunity for the nine Halls’ mentees to present their talent to a wider audience while offering attendees a unique viewpoint…

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26th BASA Awards Nominations Open

Nominations for the annual Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards are open. Compelling business and arts partnerships which took place in 2022 are invited to enter. Now in its 26th year, the BASA Awards singles out arts and business partnerships and initiatives that have positively impacted the creative, cultural, and business sectors. Says BASA…

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BASA invites Supporting Grant applications

The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Supporting Grants Programme is open for applications. Funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, to date more than 1700 beneficiaries have received support of over R43 million through the programme, leveraging in excess of R567 million in sponsorship from the business sector. A non-profit company that…

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CALL FOR BASA PESP4 REVIEW PANEL NOMINATIONS

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) role in the implementation of PESP4 is focused on ensuring that the jobs created to provide meaningful work experience for participants, which will assist them on their journey into the wider labour market, making participants ‘work ready’ as the economic recovery creates more sustainable jobs. An initiative of the…

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BASA Vacancies: PESP4 Grants Officer

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has opened applications for a PESP4 Grants Officer. The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4), an initiative of the Presidency and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), aims to open doors in the creative and cultural sectors with an emphasis on shared value. BASA’s role in the implementation…

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Supporting grants: a catalyst for partnerships

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has been at the forefront of bridging the gap between the business and creative industries for more than two decades. The BASA Supporting Grants Programme has been instrumental in cementing a wide range of business and arts partnerships for creative projects nationally. “Generously funded through an annual allocation from…

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APPLY FOR BASA PESP4 FUNDING

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) invites registered small and micro enterprises within the cultural and creative industries to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) grant funding. The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) aims to create opportunities in the creative and cultural sectors with a focus on shared value. It is a…

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BASA and IDC Partner to Showcase Creatives

Drawing inspiration from the spirit of connection, mutability, and the organic nature of a culture in flux and emergence, WHAT I SAW IN THE WATER is a group exhibition that brings together three unique artists connected to the annual Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards. Since 2022, BASA and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)…

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BASA Celebrates 26 Years

Today marks 26 years of Business and Arts South Africa’s (BASA) work at the nexus of business and arts partnerships. The arts have the power to bring people together, to bridge differences, and to promote social cohesion. BASA believes that all South Africans should have equal access to the arts and the opportunities they provide.…

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BASA Vacancies: Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant Assist the Marketing team with day to day operations as well as executing strategic campaigns and initiatives. The successful candidate will help to co-ordinate content, track results, build relationships with our stakeholders and serve as the intermediary between Marketing and other teams within BASA. Department: Marketing Contract Type: One year (Renewable) Reporting Line: Marketing Manager Location: Melville,…

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Call for Applications: CATHSSETA Internships

Arts and Culture internship programme opens for applications  Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg is calling for applications for internships funded by the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).  A range of internships are available at several arts and culture organisations including: UJ Arts & Culture– Interns…

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New Directors voted to BASA Board

Following a public call for nominations in August 2022, Lindiwe Letwaba, Lakin Morgan-Baaitjies, and Michael Garbett have been voted in as new Directors of the Board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) at the organisation’s hybrid in-person and virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 29 September. Letwaba, Morgan-Baaitjies, and…

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25TH BASA Awards: here are the winners

Determination, imagination and cooperation: this was the grit that kept this year’s BASA Award winners on the road through a tough 2021, the year during which the awarded projects took place. From social innovation to education, cultural exploration to artist development and community upliftment, partnerships were formed between artists and businesses that showed leadership and…

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Stars to shine at 25th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard

The BASA Awards spotlight stellar business/arts partnerships and projects across diverse sectors. “Over the past two and half decades the Awards platform has also evolved to create space for amplifying and showcasing South Africa’s rich contemporary creative landscape and heritage,” comments BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien, who has been at the helm of BASA since 2019.…

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Meet the 25th BASA Awards Finalists

The finalists of the 2022 BASA Awards, in partnership with Hollard, have been announced. Find out more about the partnerships that were there to give us a LightsUp moment in 2021. One winner will be chosen in each category, with the winners being announced on 29 August 2022. Watch the livestream at www.basa.co.za COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT…

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Meet the Judges

The judging panel of the 25th BASA Awards brings diverse skills and real world experiences to the table as we emerge from COVID with fresh perspectives on the value of collaboration. Chaired once again by Khanyi Mamba, please meet the panel of judges for this year’s Awards. Khanyi Mamba (BASA Awards Panel Chairperson) Khanyi Mamba is…

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Lights up for the 25th BASA Awards

2022 sees Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) celebrating its 25th anniversary and presenting the 25th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard. This year’s event will follow a live format after pivoting to a virtual ceremony in 2020. As we emerge from the COVID years, the Awards partners and creative teams are pleased to announce…

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Call for BASA PESP3 Review Panel Nominations

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) invites nominations for the BASA PESP3 Review Panel. An initiative of the Presidency and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), PESP3 is aimed at creating opportunities in the creative and cultural sectors with a focus on shared value. PESP has demonstrated the government’s capacity to take public…

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Cultural Producers Showcase

As part of the Cultural Producers Programme (CPP) launched in March 2022, the CPP Showcase will launch on Wednesday 20 July 2022 at P72, 72 6th Street, Parkhurst. According to BASA Head of Research, Madeleine Lambert, CPP is a response to the need for expanded capacity and skills in the creative economy and is presented…

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So Creative Summit Kickstarts an Evolution

After two years of Zoom meetings and solo contemplation, the cultural and creative sectors are ready to forge a new course of action – and young creative entrepreneurs are impatient to get started. On the 6th and 7th of July, the So Creative Summit, presented by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) with partners Manchester…

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BASA AWARDS ENTRIES DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for entries to enter the 25th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard has been extended to 20 June 2022. BASA recently hosted an Awards Entry Workshop to facilitate the process of entry for those with business and arts partnerships interested in entering. A recording of this recent workshop can be found here The eight…

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#BASA25 AWARDS ENTRIES OPEN

The Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, has recognised and celebrated over 300 business and arts partnerships to date. After two years online, the BASA Awards are planning a return to a live event and entries are now open. According to BASA Chairperson, Zingisa Motloba, “Each year, the BASA team delivers an exceptional Awards experience…

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Current BASA Supporting Grant Recipients

BASA Supporting Grants are designed to assist a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing business and arts relationship. “BASA grantmaking has a significantly different purpose compared to other more conventional arts funding models,” comments BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien.…

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View BASA Supporting Grants Webinar

BASA held an online workshop to provide greater clarity on the application process and eligibility criteria of the Supporting Grants programme. The webinar was live-streamed on the BASA Facebook page on 12 April 2022 and was facilitated by BASA Head of Research, Madeleine Lambert. Interested parties who were unable to attend the webinar live are…

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BASA Supporting Grants Webinar

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) will be broadening the scope of its assistance to Supporting Grant applicants with an online workshop aimed at providing greater clarity on the entire life cycle of the submission process. The workshop, to be held on 12 April 2022 and facilitated by BASA Head of Research, Madeleine Lambert intends…

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Call for Cultural Producers to Apply

Applications are now open for the new BASA Cultural Producers Programme, an intensive leadership accelerator training programme, which will also place candidates into South African creative and arts organisations that have identified the need for building leadership skills. Supported by the British Council Cultural Economy programme, and partnered by Common Purpose South Africa, the successful cohort will…

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Meet the winner of the Debut Online competition

Nhlakanipho Ndwandwe, winner of BASA’s Debut Online competition, tells us about his journey with the programme, which aims to equip young emerging creatives with skills, funding and training to make a profitable livelihood from their talents. This year is the second iteration of the Debut Programme, which was set up to contribute to the development…

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BASA Vacancies

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) has been awarded the tender to produce the 5th edition of the SOCreative Hubs Summit 2022 and an impactful new cultural producers leadership development programme, supported by the British Council Cultural Economy programme and partnered by Common Purpose South Africa. If your skills and experience match one of…

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Call out: BASA Supporting Grants

The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Supporting Grants Programme augments and amplifies powerful partnerships between business and arts partners to effect meaningful social change. “BASA grant making has a significantly different purpose compared to other more conventional arts funding models,” comments BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien. “The purpose of our Supporting Grants has never been…

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DEBUT 2021 CONCLUDES WITH GRADUATION AND ALUMNI NETWORK LAUNCH

The Debut Graduation on Friday 19 November marked the end of the second phase for the Programme’s participants. The support given to the participants has manifested through online immersive workshops, mentoring, networking opportunities, promotional events, as well as R15 000 start-up capital for each participant during the Kickstarter and Hlanganisa phases of the Debut Programme.…

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BASA Debuts Artpreneurs

Partnered by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has successfully taken 120 new and emerging creatives to market with the launch of DEBUT ONLINE https://debut.basa.co.za. The programme extends the support BASA is providing to each participant in this innovative, entrepreneurial programme by both amplifying their footprint and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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BASA BoardBank is back

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) is reintroducing BoardBank, a programme that connects creative organisations with skilled professionals who have the potential to become board members. Through BoardBank, professionals are offered the opportunity to volunteer on the board of a creative organisation, thereby helping make the sector more sustainable through improving corporate governance, while…

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BASA tribute to Linda Givon

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Goodman Gallery founder, Linda Givon. A tenacious advocate for the visual arts and the 2019 recipient of the BASA Awards Arts Champion Award, Ms Givon opened the Goodman Gallery in 1966 and was a loyal supporter of the arts for more than…

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BASA appoints two new Directors

On 17 September 2020, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) online. The proceedings included the election of two new non-executive Directors to the BASA Board. Following a public call for nominations and a rigorous shortlisting process, Unathi Malunga and Makgati Molebatsi were elected by BASA members. With a combination…

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Public Call for Nominations: BASA Board

The purpose of this notice is to call for nominations for two Non-Executive Directors, to serve on the Board of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA). The current BASA Board comprises 11 Non-Executive Board Members and one Executive Member, all of whom contribute to the overall success, governance and compliance of the organisation. There…

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Mentorship and Funding in Phase 2 of Scale-Up

In June and July 2020, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) in partnership with Rand merchant Bank (RMB) announced the opening of the applications for their refreshed Scale-Up Alumni Programme. “This iteration of the programme aims to reconnect with alumni, with the specific objective of deepening impact, developing stronger relationships, and equipping participants with the…

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First-ever online BASA Awards partnered by Hollard

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), in partnership with Hollard, is calling for entries for its 2020 Awards. The move to an entirely digital platform for the first time ever this year, sees the event reinvigorated and reimagined. “What hasn’t changed is the commitment of both BASA and Hollard to encourage excellence and innovation in…

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#WOMANDLACHALLENGE’s LIVESTREAM LAUNCH

On Sunday 9 August 2020, at 12h00, as our country celebrates Women’s Day, the streets of Maboneng (Sotho for ‘Place of Light’), the art district in the East of Johannesburg’s inner city, will thrum with the sounds and images of Women’s Power during the livestream launch of the global @womandlachallenge on both the @cityofcourage and…

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BASA Built on a Legacy of Women

We are living in a time when powerful women have reshaped the business landscape of South Africa’s creative economy. For Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), every day is Women’s Day. According to Head of Marketing and Communications, Savannah Feeke-Fortune, the organisation has been built on the shoulders of a long line of influential women, spanning…

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Q&A with Mamela Nyamza

On paper, she is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer and arts activist. In motion, she is an arts rebel and revolutionary, committed to making dance a vehicle for conveying body politics on all social issues, rather than a simple means of entertainment. Mamela’s ultimate goal is to reach the most remote of South Africa’s areas, unearthing young, raw…

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Launch of Debut Programme 2nd Edition

Following a hugely impactful first iteration of the Debut Programme, which was launched by the Honourable Minister Nkosinathi E. Mthethwa of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in 2017, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is calling for applications for the next round of the Programme. Says BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien: “Participants will be selected from…

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BASA’s 67 grants for Mandela Day

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela spent 67 years fighting for social justice. In honour of his legacy Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is making 67 Artist Relief Grants for medical assistance available to creatives diagnosed with or hospitalised due to COVID-19. Founded in 1997, BASA is a connector catalyst for businesses and the arts, driving focused…

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2021 – celebrating conscious

An open call for exhibition proposals The curator in ways is the imagination that frames the conversation, bringing different voices, distinct palettes into dialogue. As we have been so aware under lockdown,the capacity of the human imagination resides in the relation between things, between beings. We are diminished when we cannot make expressive contact with one another. The…

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ACT Development Grants to focus on music

For its second grant cycle of 2020, the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) is looking for projects with a focus on music, encouraging applications for interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary works that have music as a core component. Applications for Professional Development Programme grants will be accepted until 12 July 2020. ACT, South Africa’s independent arts funding…

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Inclusive leadership through COVID-19

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is responding to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing changes to its plans and programmes during a time which has seen artists’ professions and livelihoods severely curtailed. This has included the granting of 122 Artist Relief Grants, aimed at assisting individual artists, freelance creatives and independent…

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KKNK opens exhibitions to the world

The first Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) Virtual Gallery gives art enthusiasts from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the festival’s visual arts exhibitions, says festival artistic director Hugo Theart. The KKNK has built a reputation for its extraordinary visual arts exhibitions over two decades, and this year has encouraged them…

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Nando’s searches for next Hot Young Designer

Undiscovered local design talent challenged to showcase their flair The third edition of Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search is under way, this year focused on a design element that has become strikingly relevant in the time of COVID-19 – restaurant waiting benches. Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search initiative opens doors for undiscovered young…

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Discussions of the artistic divine

BASA member Same Mdluli places artistic expression firmly in the essential column What better way to pass the endless hours of confinement, than to speak to the current creative movers and shakers? Same Mdluli is an artist, art historian, and writer living in Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in History of Art, an MA in…

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CREATIVES COPING WITH LOCKDOWN

At a time when physical proximity is not just dissuaded but essentially outlawed, people are reaching for their devices and digging deep into their artistic disciplines to stay connected with their audiences, and the world at large. South African artists are using the opportunities presented by social distancing to develop new kinds of content. How…

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2019 BASA Special Awards Recipients

“The annual BASA Awards are a significant barometer of the success of mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships between business and the arts,” says Mandie van der Spuy, Deputy Chairperson of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Says BASA Head of Marketing, Savannah Feeke, “Partnered by Hollard, the Awards recognise business…

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2020 Standard Bank Young Artists

The recipients of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards have been announced. They are Jefferson Tshabalala (theatre), Lulu Prudence Mlangeni (dance), Sisonke Xonti (jazz), Nthato Mokgata (music) and Blessing Ngobeni (visual art). The National Arts Festival established the Young Artist Awards in 1981 to acknowledge emerging young South African

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CURTAIN RISES ON THE NSA’S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

An exciting and boundary-pushing programme of youth creativity will be in the spotlight when the National School of the Arts annual Festival of the Arts takes to the stages of the NSA and the Joburg Theatre. The diverse line-up, which is curated with high school learners in mind, includes performances, exhibitions, workshops and installations. Youth…

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