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Hollard & Business and Arts South Africa: A partnership with purpose

It’s no secret that Hollard is a passionate supporter of the arts, as any visit to our scenic grounds in Parktown can confirm. From the walls of our offices to our extensive gardens, and from the historical Villa Arcadia that occupies pride of place on our campus to our functional parking garages, contemporary African art […]

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Business and Arts South Africa appoints new CEO

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has announced who will succeed current CEO Michelle Constant when she steps down end February 2019. Says Charmaine Soobramoney, BASA Chairperson: “When Michelle announced her decision to pursue other interests after a decade of achievement with BASA, the board knew finding a successor would not be an easy task. […]

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‘The tension between self and the world’

Constant & Cultural is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of The Constitution Hill Trust, a journalist, radio presenter, business leader and champion of the arts. The recent Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) Arts and National Development Imbizo – Rethinking the Positioning of the Arts in South Africa – provided thought-provoking discussions and […]

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Nomzamo Mbatha: Strong, confident and humanitarian

Nomzamo Mbatha is an award-winning South African film and television actress, human rights activist, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, brand ambassador, businesswoman, and a glowing representative for Africa on the global stage. When we were searching for a cover model to represent both Africa Day and South Africa’s 25 years of democracy, Mbatha was an iconic choice: […]

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Kubrick’s right-hand man

This year’s RapidLion Film Festival was a feast for filmmakers, students and general film lovers, but one of the most special opportunities the Festival provided was three masterclasses with film producer Jan Harlan. Creative Feel was fortunate to chat with Harlan, who was incredibly generous with his memories and his time. German-born Jan Harlan’s transition […]

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Dance Umbrella Africa 2019 Headlining Acts

The eagerly anticipated re-launch of Dance Umbrella Africa 2019 from 31 March to 7 April at the South African State Theatre, #DUA2019 will feature South Africa and the world’s most prolific dancers and choreographers, including Lulu Mlangeni, Sonia Radebe and Julia Burnham, Phumlani Nyanga, Dirk Badenhorst, German-Austrian Helge Letonja, Madagascar’s Gaby Saranouffi, and works from […]

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Thank you to a champion of the arts

After ten years as the CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Michelle Constant will be pursuing other interests as of 1 March 2019. Her tenure has seen BASA achieve incredible successes and growth, and truly make a difference in the arts and culture sector in South Africa. Creative Feel, along with all of […]

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Standard Bank toasts 35 years!

Since its inception almost four decades ago, one national award has come to be regarded as the ultimate accolade for young South African arts innovators on the cusp of greatness. The latest list of winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards for 2019 proves that the creative fire that fuelled their predecessors in the […]

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Live-stream performance: Art and tech

The Art of Performance is a monthly column written by Dave Mann, an editor and award-winning arts journalist. Earlier this year, I enjoyed the strange experience of watching a live theatrical performance play out from multiple angles and perspectives just a metre or two away from me, without even being seated in the audience.     […]

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Gong Laut: An arts festival in Singaraja on Bali explores the boundaries between art and activism

Literary Landscapes is a monthly column by Indra Wussow, a writer, translator and director of the Sylt Foundation. The Indonesian province of Bali is a spectacular tropical getaway. But to some locals, it has become almost unrecognisable over the last 30 years. Lavish holiday resorts are continuously popping up across the island, while, unseen by tourists, the […]


Mungo: 20 years of honest, transparent and sustainable textile manufacturing

Since the company was founded in 1998, Mungo’s towels, bedding and kitchen linens have quickly become South Africa’s most desirable – both for their exceptional quality and the brand’s admirable heritage and positive impact on the local community. Creative Feel chatted to the Mungo team to find out a bit more.   Creative Feel: Please […]

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The New Collectors: Investing in art and heritage

Every month, the MD of Aspire Art Auctions, Ruarc Peffers, contributes a column on the business of collecting and investing in art. So you’ve made it. You’ve hustled, and worked, and networked, and worked some more, and now you’re thinking: ‘I haven’t made it to the very top yet, but I can take some time out to […]

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The business of art

Every month, the MD of Aspire Art Auctions, Ruarc Peffers, contributes a column on the business of collecting and investing in art. In this inaugural column, he focuses on the realities of art as a global business, and how it can make a difference to a country’s self-image and economic well-being. Art is often romanticised […]


Public-private partnerships and the conversation about social cohesion

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). The value of public-private partnerships should be flagged and, if done correctly, rigorously defended. BASA is a successful public-private partnership, which is supported by, and supports, both the public sector, i.e. the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and around […]

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THINK talks and art walks

Sponsored by RMB Private Bank, the talks at this year’s RMB Turbine Art Fair are guaranteed to make you THINK.      One of the most exciting art walkabouts on this year’s schedule is ‘THINK fun – Art that tickles my fancy’ by comedian John Vlismas. Known for his extreme brand of comedy, he has […]

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Collecting now! Smart investment in the global and local art markets

Exciting times are ahead for art investors and collectors, or even those looking to dip a toe in the sometimes opaque waters of the art market.      Since 2000, European-based company Artprice has run the Price Index for the global art market. This is calculated on the basis of global auction results, and shows […]

A global music and arts experience

The Soweto brand is globally recognised and revered for what it represents: history, rebellion, strength, and the perseverance of beautiful people. If one dives under the blanket of the brand, layers beyond the obvious, you’ll find the fuel of Soweto, pure artistic passion, and creativity. It’s that fuel that will live in the inaugural Soweto […]

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Numbers, narratives and surfing big waves

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). I’m creative when I’m surfing big waves.      This was the answer I filled in on my icebreaker name tag at the BASA Research Colloquium, partnered by Hollard, in Johannesburg last month, where we shared two decades of research […]

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