Pacofs to give Free State artists preference 

The Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs) is calling for submissions of proposals from artists in the province and neighbouring provinces.

Its Artistic Director, Moeketsi Xaba, says although the submissions are open to people from all walks of life, preference will be given to people and the youth in the Free State as the province is among those with the highest unemployment rate and least performing arts centres. Xaba says the entity is fully committed to empowering artists and ensuring that they benefit from the resources the agency has to offer. This, despite having made headlines and sparked controversy over the appointment of its management and irregular expenditure in the past few years.

Xaba says they are open to any proposal that would promote social cohesion and nation-building, among others, and urges the public to make any submissions in production areas relating to music, dance, poetry, drama and comedy.

“This is the first time that we call for proposals. We want each and every artist from all corners of the province to have access to Pacofs, and I am therefore appealing to people who believe they have something of quality, to take this opportunity” said Xaba.

He said the public needs to know that this performing centre is for everyone and not only for certain individuals.

The closing date for the submission of proposals is this coming Friday, February 16.