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Encore: Michelle Constant

Michelle Constant has been the CEO of BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) for the last decade. ‘A personal achievement for me during that time was receiving the French Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. I was deeply honoured and humbled. I am also grateful for the wonderful people – colleagues, DAC, private sector – I […]

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Surfing big waves

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, the former CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Imagine this. Mavericks, not the strip joint, but the surf location in Northern California, just past the tiny town of Moss Beach, in a place called Half Moon Bay – a place where the crab chowder is huge, […]

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Reflections on Time

Lore Watterson is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Creative Feel Magazine This being the first issue of the new year, it is time for us to decide what is going to be covered over the upcoming months, creating our own timeline of special events and important dates in the arts and culture environment for the year. It […]

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Everything fits in the room

After two decades under the successful leadership of Nicola Danby and then Michelle Constant, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) will be helmed by Ashraf Johaardien from 1 March 2019. This is a real challenge for anyone to take on, but with his background in the arts, both as an artist and arts administrator, he […]

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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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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 […]

Another annus horribilis?

Lore Watterson is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Creative Feel Magazine Is it really a year ago that I wrote the last December/January editor’s note? It seems to have been just yesterday and many friends, colleagues and clients feel the same about the fast pace of time.      Many of us who are in the arts […]

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Some December contemplation…

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). As we move into the final throes of what has been, for many, a true annus horribilis, most of us are looking to December as a time to pause, to assess the past year, and to prepare for what promises […]

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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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Collaborating beyond politics

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). The recent launch of dance journalist Adrienne Sichel’s book on contemporary dance Body Politics: Fingerprinting South African Contemporary Dance (Porcupine Press) at the Market Theatre filled me with complex emotions. Sichel has been an important driver of how contemporary […]

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The power of art

Lore Watterson is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Creative Feel Magazine In this issue of Creative Feel, we celebrate a special uniqueness of Joburg and the many different developments that are revitalising the inner city. These developments are at different locations throughout the inner city, but they all have one thing in common: they are using the […]

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The Queen of Johannesburg

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa(BASA). Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune of attending many BASA events and others, including my own birthday, at Hollard’s Villa Arcadia. The house, which overlooks Johannesburg, is one of grace and grandeur, harking back to a long past […]

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Winners of the 2018 BASA Awards announced

Taking place at Jozi’s fresh, new downtown venue, Victoria Yards, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) today announced the winners of the 21st BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard. The annual BASA Awards recognise and honour businesses that invest in an inclusive economy through art. Guests included the cream of the corporate and entrepreneurial world; artists […]

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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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The dawn of art

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Watching the three actors from PAST (The Palaeontological Scientific Trust) performing the latest season of Walking Tall at the Origins Centre, was a lesson in the origins of the earth, homo sapiens and our humanity. The cast is made up […]

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Entries open for the 2018 BASA Awards partnered by Hollard

Entries are now open for the immensely prestigious and highly contested Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards partnered by Hollard.      Now in their 21st year, the Awards recognise South African businesses that invest in the arts and in the creative economy. This investment not only enables artists to thrive, but it also […]

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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 […]

Supporting businesses with the creative sector

Business & Arts is a monthly column by Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).      Business and Arts South Africa is currently working in a diversity of countries in Africa. Of late we have been working with the British Council in Ethiopia. The goal is to support businesses in their future engagement with […]