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 by Business and Arts South Africa, Common Purpose South Africa, and Manchester International Festival. CPP is supported by the British Council Creative Economy programme, which provides assistance to cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives, building networks between Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the United Kingdom (UK) to create art, collaborate, develop markets and networks, and share artists’ work with audiences. “The CPP showcase has been created by the cohort of young cultural producers from the programme, with micro-grants from CPP and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and hosted by P72 Projects,” she explains.
While transient in nature, P72 nevertheless makes its mark on contemporary ideation, through a multi-discipline/multi-function hybrid space enabling open platform curatorial projects and facilitating collaboration across multiple genres, mediums, and continents, making it an ideal space for the collective narrative of ‘TH[!S] US [AN]THOLOGY’, a multi-talent creative collaboration comprising chambers of imaginings; installations and performances that portray ancient indigenous heritage, contemporary AR, fashion, remembrance, and ritualistic practice.
Visitors can enjoy an immersive experience that embraces a range of local artistic talent, including an interactive and playful intervention by Mandisa Buthelezi, Luke Draper, Lebogang Mashifane, Siwaphiwe Mgoboza, Chumisa Ndakisa, and Xabiso Vili; a collection of site-specific fashion/performance interventions from Hector Dibakoane, Lesiba Mabitsela, Khaya Masipa and Hannah van Tonder; a celebration and preservation of the Khoi San / Khoe heritage and identity by Darion Adams, Deidre Jantjies, Nadine Mckenzie and Robyn-Lee Pretorius; collective expression of grief metamorphosing into celebration from Ash-Leigh La Foy, Tegan Peacock, Niamh Walsh-Vorster and Thobile Ximba; and an interdisciplinary exploration of sacrifice in the pursuit of power, status, money, and love by Kutlwano Kepadisa, Mzwakhe Khachela, Jane Mpholo, Zandile Nongogo, and Promise Nyalungu
Running until the end of this month, the CPP recruited a core cohort of 25 mid-career creative and cultural producers, as well as an extended cohort of over 120 cultural sector workers, in an intensive leadership and practical skills programme. This innovative programme dovetails seamlessly with BASA’s overall 25-year anniversary celebrations and BASA’s role in shaping the future of artistic endeavours in South Africa.
The CPP Showcase is open for public viewing from 09h00-16h00, 21-23 July 2022. For more information, contact Lethabo Khumalo on email@example.com.
Notes to Editors
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year, it reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall, including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, it is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. It receives a 15 percent core funding grant from the UK government. For more information, see www.britishcouncil.org.
Manchester International Festival (MIF) is UK based artist-focused festival of original, new work and special events reflecting the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture, staged every two in venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. MIF works closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations globally, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of these projects possible and ensures that work made at MIF goes on to be seen around the world. MIF also supports a year-round Creative Engagement programme, bringing opportunities for people from all backgrounds, ages and from all corners of the city to get involved during the Festival and year-round, as volunteers, as participants in shows, through skills development and a host of creative activities. For more information, visit https://mif.co.uk/
Common Purpose is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1989 that develops leaders who can cross boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems both in organisations and in cities. We deliver face-to-face and online leadership programmes for multiple generations of leaders: from students in universities to senior leaders in organisations and society. We run programmes in over 100 cities and online, and have more than 100000 alumni, worldwide. For more information, visit commonpurpose.org.
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative between government and the private sector as part of a strategy to secure greater involvement in the arts and from businesses operating in South Africa. Constituted in terms of the Companies Act, BASA is registered as a public benefit organisation. BASA champions business investment within the arts, cultural and heritage sector, driving focused and sustained partnerships by unlocking shared value and fostering social cohesion. For more information, visit basa.co.za.