Macufe to benefit province
MEC Mathabo Leeto engages Free State artists on their demands to be given at least 20% of the activities
SPORT, arts, culture and recreation MEC Mathabo Leeto has met local artists over their demands to be given at least 20% of the share of activities during the annual Macufe festivities.
The Free State chapter of the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) made a call last month that it wanted to be given a chance to have more representation in the week-long festival.
CCIFSA has embarked on a drive to make sure that provincial artists get a fair share of participation in the annual event that is due to take place first in the week of October in and around Bloemfontein.
Leeto said the purpose of the meeting of the two parties on Wednesday was to iron out issues on this matter and to map out a way forward on how her department would relate to CCIFSA as a structure moving forward.
“We would like to acknowledge the role of CCIFSA and how it was established as a representative structure of artists.
“While acknowledging their role, the department’s considered view is that anytime issues of differences emerge regarding interests of artists, such issues must be addressed cordially and constructively in the best interests of the creative industry,” Leeto said.
She said they agreed in principle that the CCIFSA clarified that the issues they raised were not necessarily about the 20% stake in the management of Macufe.
“The meeting agreed in principle that the management of Macufe was informed by a competitive bidding process, which follows supply chain management prescripts,” she said in a statement.
Leeto said the department had a role to ensure that programmes of Macufe, as a national and international festival, benefited the people of South Africa but being more biased to the people of the Free State.
“It must nonetheless be pointed out that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macufe the people of South Africa and the Free State have indeed benefitted from the festival in the past and will continue to benefit into the future,” she said.
Leeto said the department acknowledged that there was a need to put systems in place to ensure companies from outside the Free State involve people of the Free State in their implementation of Macufe services.
She said they had also agreed that they would continuously create developmental programmes that would enable the department to incubate artists and to promote up-and-coming artists to be at the level at which they can perform at Macufe.
Leeto said the Macufe Homebrew development programme would change its form so that it was able to give opportunities to market emerging artists who should then be able to develop an audience for themselves.
“As part of this developmental programme we will engage social and entertainment places around Mangaung for partnerships in the implementation of Homebrew developmental programme.
“We indeed appreciates the role of CCIFSA and will work with the national Department of Arts and Culture to ensure that CCIFSA as a structure is capacitated in a quest to ensure the formalisation of the creative industry,” Leeto said.
She said they called upon all artists to work together with the Free State provincial government through her department so that they were both able to build a well-organised Free State creative industry that will produce artists who can compete nationally and internationally.
REPRESENTATION: The CCIFSA has embarked on a drive to make sure that provincial artists get a fair share of participation in the annual Macufe Festival that is due to take place in the first week of October.