Parents’ Session

Friday 13 March at 14h30 – 16h00

Museum Africa, Newtown

Creative Professions and More: Career Opportunities within and Beyond Creative, Cultural and Heritage Industries

The Parents’ Session is one of the centrepieces of the inaugural Creative Industries Career Expo (CICE) scheduled for 11-13th March 2020. The session is aimed at providing insights, explanations and information to parents regarding career opportunities for their children who want to pursue professions within the Creative, Cultural and Heritage industries (Creative Industries) in South Africa. Testimonies from many students who enrol for arts training programmes, point to strong reluctance and resistance from parents most of whom have limited, and in some cases, no understanding of these industries in contemporary South Africa.

The arts and culture sector, now known as the cultural and creative industries, has significantly changed over the years due to digital technological advancement, and many parents are not informed about these changes and related opportunities. It is anticipated that parents’ engagement with a panel of academics, industry experts, seasoned arts promoters and veteran artists will help to de-bunk myths, stigma and negativity associated with careers in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

A five-member panel made up of renowned professionals in the CCIs sector, will share their knowledge, experience, insights and information with parents and their children. Most of these panellists are also parents who can speak from both professional and parent’s point of view. Each panelist will give provocations about prospects in the CCIs. A facilitator who is both a professional and an academic will steer the presentations and discussions to speak back to prospects and opportunities for aspiring arts practitioners. Parents will be given an opportunity to ask questions which will be directed to panelists.

The Parents’ Session takes place on Friday 13 March at 14h30 at Museum Africa in Newtown. Everyone is welcome to attend.

FACILITATOR: Munyaradzi Chatikobo

Munyaradzi Chatikobo is a Lecturer in Cultural Policy and Management in the Wits School of Arts. He has vast experience in Cultural Leadership and Arts Management training. His academic and research interests are in Cultural Policy and Management which includes, Community Theatre, Community Arts Centres, Culture and Development, Cultural and Creative Industries, Culture and Diplomacy as well as Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship. He is a board member for Nhimbe Trust in Zimbabwe. Munyaradzi graduated from University of Zimbabwe in 1995 with. Special Honours in Theatre Arts. In 2009, he attained a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Drama and Theatre under Drama for Life in Wits School of Arts- University of the Witwatersrand.  He is a registered PhD candidate in the Wits School of Arts and his area of study is Cultural Policy and Community Theatre in South Africa. In 2018, Munyaradzi Chatikobo teamed with Avril Joffe, Johanna Mavhungu and Annabell Lebethe to author a book chapter on Cultural Governance in South Africa. The chapter is in a book edited by Ian.W.King and Annick Schramme titled Cultural Governance in the Global Context; An International Perspective on Arts Orgnisations.

SPEAKER: Andre Le Roux

Andre Le Roux is the managing director of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Foundation and serves on the Music In Africa Foundation Board since 2013. Le Roux also serves as a board member of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and on the board of Business and Arts South Africa. Previously he was the chairperson of Arterial Network South Africa, Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and the South African Coalition for Cultural Diversity. He also served on the board of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity. Le Roux has worked as an arts administrator for more than 20 years at local, national and international level. His experience ranges from grassroots level on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape, to provincial level for the Eastern Cape government as well as national and international level for the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council. He has a passion for the arts, influencing cultural policy and growing strong cultural institutions.

SPEAKER: Avril Joffe

Avril Joffe is the head of the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg. Avril is a member of UNESCO’s expert facility; the International Advisory Council for the Creative Industries in the UK, the National Arts Council board and the drafting panel for a new cultural policy in South Africa.

SPEAKER: Ismail Mahomed

Ismail Mahomed is the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation and former Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival. He is a multi-award winning arts administrator and published playwright. In 2017, he was selected for the Cultural Leadership for the 21st Century programme at Kings College, London. He is currently one of 15 global cultural leaders selected to participate in a three year Cultural Dialogues series hosted by the London International Festival of Theatre and the Goethe Institute. He was honoured in 2016 with the Chevalier le Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of the Literature and the Arts) by the French government. The US State Department – Africa Bureau awarded him a Special Merit Award for Consistently High Cultural Programming.  In 2019, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by Tshwane University of Technology for his contribution to arts and cultural leadership.

SPEAKER: Nomsa Manaka

Wherever there is rhythm, Nomsa Kupi Manaka will be moving to it. While her skills extend to public relations and marketing of the arts, her true focus will never stray too far from performing. Having matriculated at Orlando High School in Soweto, Nomsa studied dance with The Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City. This was complemented a year later with a spell at Leicester Polytechnic in England studying music and choreography. Soon afterwards, she returned to Soweto to establish Soyikwa Pan African Dance, the first dance school in Soweto. Nomsa holds various awards, amongst them, ‘The Johnny Walker Black Label Achievement Award’. She was recognised as one of the 25 most fascinating Black Women in South Africa by Ebony Magazine, True Love Magazine as one of the top 100 women of the century, and was also recognized by City Press newspaper in their list of the A to Z Amazing Women ‘Abafazi’ of the 20th century. She also appears in the Kwanzaa Honours list in the USA for best dancer.