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Preparations underway for the 2019 CCIFSA National Conference

The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) was formed in 2015 as a unifying body to champion the interests of the cultural and creative sector and to represent its interests. Much has been done since that inaugural elective conference in Mangaung to organise the sector.

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Hon Nathi Mthethwa has initiated the formation of a task team to prepare for the CCIFSA National Conference. The task team is constituted of six CCIFSA Executive members and six CITT (Creative Industry Task Team) representatives. This task team has been hard at work in their preparations for a successful conference.

The task team has resolved on the preparations for the conference and their plans are as follows:

District general meetings will be held from 28 February 2019 � 03 March 2019 where all artists are welcome to attend and participate in the engagements towards the preparations for national conference. The purpose of these general meetings is to discuss the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and elect delegates for the provincial summits. All artists who wish to participate must complete an attendance form and submit it to the Department of Arts and Culture by no later than 21 February 2019. It is compulsory for the attendance forms to be summited, failure in which, will exclude artists from participating in the district general meetings. The venues and exact dates for the various district general meetings will be communicated and adjusted, upon the consolidation of the submitted attendance forms.

Provincial summits are planned for 4th, 11th and 18th March 2019 respectively for all the delegates elected at the district general meetings. The purpose of the provincial summits is to further discuss the MOI and elect delegates for the CCIFSA national conference. The venues and exact dates for the various provincial summits will be communicated after the general meetings have been concluded.

The CCIFSA National Conference is planned to commence on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

There are (8) eight sectors which will be represented at the District General Meetings, Provincial Summits and the CCIFSA National Conference. These sectors are: Cultural and National Heritage; Performance and Celebration; Visual Arts and Crafts; Languages and Publishing; Audio-Visual and Interactive Media; Design, Creative and ACH Technical Support Services; Arts Education and Training; as well as the Indigenous Wisdom.

Source: Department of Arts and Culture

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