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The continued success of the creative economy

Tammy Greer is a writer and Creative Feel’s Editor.

Welcome to the November issue of Creative Feel! This month, we continue on from October in celebrating excellence and innovation in the arts with the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards, the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
     Congratulations to all the BASA Awards recipients! Particularly, of course, to the DeskLink Media/Creative Feel and Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) teams. As I wrote in September, our relationship with Gregory Maqoma and VDT goes back over a decade and we are all incredibly proud of our media partnership and the coffee table book that we produced together: Looking Back to Move Forward
     That there is such a wealth of businesses supporting the arts is thrilling – thank you for making the creative space such a thriving and exciting place to be. Thank you also to the BASA team for making the BASA Awards such a fantastic celebration of the arts.

This year’s group of Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners need very little introduction to Creative Feel readers. They are all incredibly talented young creators and we so look forward to seeing what they produce over the next year. Congratulations to Lulu Mlangeni, Nthato Mokgata (also known by his stage name Spoek Mathambo), Jefferson Tshabalala, Blessing Ngobeni and Sisonke Xonti – it is so well deserved!
     We would also like to extend our congratulations to Bongani Tembe, the CEO and Artistic Director of both the KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, who has been at the helm of the KZN Phil for 25 years and has been incredibly successful in the financial turnaround of both orchestras. 
     As part of an ongoing exploration into how, through strengthening the creative industries, we can significantly grow the economy, we take a look at the film industry in SA this month. One organisation that is leading the way in terms of growing the film industry is the Gauteng Film Commission, which plays a multi-faceted role in the audio-visual industry and is helping filmmakers to tell authentic stories in South Africa’s premier film destination. 
     Hope you enjoy the issue!

To keep up-to-date with the latest arts and culture news in South Africa, purchase the November 2019 issue of Creative Feel or subscribe to our monthly magazine from only R180.00 to R365.00 per year! SUBSCRIBE HERE!

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