Arts and Culture

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Committees   1. The Built Environment and Landscape Committee (BELCOM) BELCOM is responsible for considering permit applications for alterations & demolitions of buildings older than 60 years. It also assesses activities occurring in and affecting...
Heritage Western Cape is also responsible for the conservation of heritage resources. Our heritage resources are unique and should be celebrated, treasured and maintained. It they are damaged or destroyed, they cannot be recreated. Our province is...
How often have you visited a craft market and noticed the beautiful crafts for sale?   These crafters may not know how to market their products or grow their enterprises into sustainable craft businesses. With the input of regional role players, Arts...
Cultural Affairs
The Cultural Affairs Awards provide an opportunity to proudly acknowledge and showcase the diversity of the cultural landscapes of the Western Cape. Our culture defines our identity even though it has different meanings to different people; it is a...
Public participation is vital for an active arts and cultural life in any community. For this reason, Cultural Services supports a network of Cultural Forums across the Western Cape. These forums, established within the boundaries of local municipalities...
Craft, film and video, music and publishing all form part of the Cultural Industries sector. Cultural Services dialogues with these industries in support of its support of the popularisation and development of arts and culture.
An annual funding cycle is administered by the Cultural Services. Applications for funding must follow the deadlines of this cycle. No ad hoc applications will be considered. Only non-profit bona fide arts and culture organisations are eligible for...
The word "genre" comes from French via Latin. Genre means "kind" or "type" and is used to categorise different ways of producing arts and culture. Cultural Services has implemented a strategy to develop certain genres. The genre development strategy is...
Heritage Western Cape (HWC) advises communities on ways to identify heritage resources in the areas where they live. In order to do this, HWC facilitates interaction between heritage practitioners and landowners and maintains a list of contact details...
Have you ever danced a riel or a namastap? These dances are indigenous to South Africa and yet they are not as well known as pantsula or gumboot dancing. By hosting events and workshops, Cultural Services aims to showcase and develop less mainstream...
The indigenous music of the Western Cape, the music that was here before the arrival of the colonial settlers, has not received the same attention as mainstream music. The instruments, such as drums and bow-shaped instruments, are not played as widely as...
Once Provincial Heritage Sites have been identified and declared, it is important to promote and treasure these heritage sites as cultural heritage resources. No part of our history should be erased and it is important to guard against this happening.
Puppetry offers a unique way for developing drama as it does not require the same technical support, such as lighting and a large stage space, as conventional stage-bound drama. In addition, using puppets has proved to be a simple, yet effective way to...
Since humankind has worked fields, a song has helped to lighten the labour. The farm workers of the Western Cape continue this tradition: they sing songs to motivate them in their daily work. Through a song-writing course, Cultural Services seeks to...
From commuter metro-train to vineyard, the Western Cape is replete with wonderful storytellers. Storytelling is an ancient art that engages listener and speaker in a magical moment.Cultural Services recognises the artistic and cultural importance of such...
Cultural Services provides support and assistance to the Western Cape Cultural Commission (WCCC) as well as its secretariat.Staff of the Cultural Service also manages on behalf of the...
Many disadvantaged youth of the Western Cape have learnt to play a musical instrument without any formal training. Even though they can play the instrument, they have never learnt to read music. In collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch, the...
With the technological development in visual media - television, advertising and more recently, the internet - supporting the visual arts is increasingly relevant in our contemporary society.In keeping with technological advances, Cultural Services...