Arts and culture

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● According to National Treasury, the amount allocated to the Department of Arts and Culture
increased from R4.1 billion in 2016/17, to R4.4 billion in 2017/18.
● A 2016 report by the South African Cultural Observatory, titled Cultural Employment in South Africa,
found that Gauteng and Western Cape had the highest proportion of cultural occupations in South
Africa – 21% and 19% respectively.
Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2017
This discussion document builds on a 1996 White Paper, aiming to effectively contribute to building
a cohesive and united society in which everyone has access to arts, culture and heritage, resources,
facilities and opportunities. This will be achieved through extending creative arts to peri-urban and rural
communities, forming various professional associations and networks with membership benefits and
development programmes, providing creative education and skills development programmes, expanding
market potential, developing beneficial partnerships, liaising with relevant government authorities for the
advancement of the sector, and participating in related activities that are beneficial to the sector.
● When deciding where to invest, funders should consider not only where the project is based, but
also where the intended participants and beneficiaries are located. Many productions and exhibitions
are, or could be, touring projects.
● Arts and culture is a vehicle for stimulating discussion on social issues that affect all South Africans,
such as systemic inequality, gender-based violence and collective memory. Funders may not want to
directly support advocacy, but can contribute to a vibrant democracy by supporting individuals or
institutions that produce challenging literature, theatre, fine art, music and films.

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