Local arts and culture organisations are to receive over R1,5 million from the City of Cape Town as part of the Council's annual grants-in-aid to deserving communities across the Cape metropole.
This year's beneficiaries include AMAC, Sign Language Education & Development, the Athlone Academy of Music, the Baxter Theatre, Jikeleza, the Hout Bay Music Project, Remix Dance Company, Zip Zap Circus, the Turfhall Jazz Music Project, Vadhini Indian Arts Academy, and Cape Town Opera.
According to Councillor Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee member for Economic and Social Development the arts is an area which is traditionally underfunded.
"Arts and culture can play a meaningful role in developing intercultural learning, especially in the City with its diverse cultures. It can also be a catalyst for economic empowerment for individuals and organisations who would be able to generate tourism income from the spin-offs of these ventures." Grindrod said.
All in all the City has disbursed a total of R3,7 million rand for grants-in-aid to 160 organisations across the metropole. The grants are made according to six categories namely arts & culture, early childhood development, gender equity, the development of street people, youth projects, and capacity building.
The arts and culture grants range from R6 990 towards the Ikhwezi Youth Theatre in Khayelitsha, to R56 000 for City of Peace in Woodstock which will use the funds for drumming sessions and teacher training.
Jikeleza, Hout Bay Music Project and Zip Zap Circus will be pooling their resources to present one collaborative production with 80 young performers, blending music, dance, trapeze flying, acrobats and clowning into a dramatic stage production which will be staged at Artscape in June.
A further R426 000 has been approved for deserving ad hoc projects which missed the application deadline.
The City's 23 Subcouncils also award region specific grants-in-aid in their respective areas of jurisdiction to support community development.
* A COMPLETE LIST OF 2006/07 ARTS & CULTURE GRANTS-IN-AID BENEFICIARIES IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
6 JUNE 2007
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201
FAX: 021 957-0023
CLLR SIMON GRINDROD
MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
TEL: 021 400-1384
CELL: 076 782 5154