The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), in collaboration with the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), would like to invite you to the Arts and National Development Imbizo. The imbizo will take place under the theme: “Rethinking the Positioning of the Arts in South Africa”.

The event will bring together industry practitioners, policymakers and artists to take stock of the ARTS in the context of the past, the present and the future. The arts have played a significant role in the formation of South Africa’s national identity, archiving key moments in the country’s history and offering imaginaries for its future.

MISTRA’s ARTS imbizo will be taking place over a period of two days from the 10th to the 11th of April 2019. Participants will engage with the following topics:

  • Arts as a motive force of history;
  • The role of arts and culture in the Sustainable Development Goals, the AU 2063 Agenda and South Africa’s National Development Plan;
  • Global dynamics and their impact on the arts;
  • Arts for development;
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution and implications for the creative economy; and
  • The tensions between artistic freedom and freedom of expression.

The details for the event are as follows:
Venue: National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), 24 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
Date: 10 – 11 April 2019
Time: 08h00 – 16h00 (daily)

For  media enquiries or interview requests please contact:

Communications Officer

Siphokazi Sigenu