Pacofs streaming project for artists

Peter Pedlar

The Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs) is calling upon local artists to take part in its latest online initiative. Live @ Pacofs will allow people to stream and watch performances of various artists despite the lockdown.

According to CEO, Peter Pedlar, while many industries have been affected by the spread of Covid-19, the arts and culture sector in particular, is among those that continue to take a big knock as social gatherings and events remain prohibited. “Pacofs is acutely aware of the challenges posed by Covid-19 and continues to explore various ways to provide relief for creatives in the Free State, the first of which is a Live@ Pacofs streaming project intended to give performing artists the opportunity to benefit financially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Our hope is to at least soften the impact for artists during this unprecedented time,” Pedlar said. The CEO emphasised that the organisation is committed to creating opportunities for performers across multiple genres and disciplines. Pacofs invites performing artists from across the province to submit videos not exceeding 15 minutes for broadcasting consideration in any creative category, including drama, dance, music, poetry, puppetry, illusion, comedy, storytelling, photography as well as multidisciplines.

“A fee will be paid to artists whose videos are selected for streaming on the Pacofs digital channels,” he explained. Pedlar calls on artists to submit works that show originality and uniqueness. Submitted videos should be audible, with standard or HD resolution. “Artists must demonstrate artistic eloquence and technique. Content can be aligned to various nationally observed celebrations, including Youth Month and Mandela Month among others, while content purely intended for entertainment will also be considered.

Reference to Covid-19, including personal experiences, may also be made,” he concluded. Video submissions must not exceed 15 minutes and can be emailed to before Friday, 5 June 2020.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele