Pacofs to develop homegrown talent

Meshack Xaba, artistic director at Pacofs.

“Artists are the heartbeat of our organisation and it is our responsibility to avail opportunities and platforms for them to make valuable and impactful contributions to the Free State performing arts industry.”

This according to Meshack Xaba, artistic director at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs), after announcing its adoption of a multi-year approach to artistic programming. This programme extends an invitation to theatre practitioners to submit drama, dance, music, comedy and poetry production proposals for inclusion in the 2022/23 – 2024/25 artistic programmes.

Xaba said, although their environment has and will continue to change quite rapidly and requires a great sense of tenacity, novelty and resilience, the commitment to developing home-grown talent remains unchanged. He added that their intention is to explore and establish sustainable and effective ways to meet evolving market needs. “By developing a 3-year artistic programme, we are better placed to ensure that there is constant activity in-house, that talented creatives are afforded opportunities to showcase their works and can benefit financially from doing so, and that community interest in performing arts progresses.”

The adoption of a multi-year approach is intended to ensure sustained performance of the entity from a programming perspective by enabling successive scheduling and staging of entertaining and thought-provoking and artistically eloquent productions for the next three years.

The following information is required from all applicants: A synopsis of the production; Motivation indicating why the production is relevant, entertaining, cutting edge and inspiring; Production requirements (e.g. Technical Rider); Company/Individual information (e.g. biographies of the creative team). Further also, previous reviews of productions (if applicable).

All applicants should indicate which financial year they are applying for, as well as a comprehensive production budget breakdown.

According to Pacofs, preference will be given to the following applicants: Free State-based artists, productions that address and embrace the South African National Calendar of Events, productions that promote social cohesion and nation building and productions that promote indigenous languages. Proposals will be evaluated by the Pacofs artistic panel.

Application forms can be collected from the premises or requested from / Proposals and completed application forms can be emailed. Extended application closing date: Monday, 4 October 2021.

Sazly Hartzenberg