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Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which integrates the Arts into, and contributes to, Corporate's commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts.
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IDC Gallery showcases ‘Different Pathways’
Business and Arts South Africa (Basa), in partnership with the IDC Gallery, will showcase ‘Different Pathways,’ a captivating group exhibition celebrating the richness of diversity and the uniqueness of individual journeys. 21 Jun 2024 Read more

SoCreative Summit returns to Johannesburg for a free exploration of creativity
The SoCreative Summit, a vibrant platform for cultural exchange and exploration of creativity, is set to return for its fifth edition on 9 and 10 May 2024. Held at the trendy Victoria Yards venue, the summit offers a free two-day experience for cultural makers, artists, and anyone passionate about creative expression brought to the creative community by British Council and Business and Arts South Africa, in partnership with PACE. 29 Apr 2024 Read more

450 emerging creatives shortlisted for the Debut Programme
The Debut Programme, aimed at empowering emerging creatives across South Africa, launched its Kickstarter Training phase for the third iteration with a virtual welcome event on Thursday, 11 April 2024. 12 Apr 2024 Read more

14 SA creatives join Cultural Producers Programme
In an environment where the creative sector often navigates challenges related to career sustainability, the Cultural Producers Programme steps forward to empower young talent. This initiative, delivered by the British Council in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA), Common Purpose South Africa, and the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), aims to bridge the gap in leadership succession within the cultural sector. 12 Mar 2024 Read more

Cultural Producers called to become the creative leaders of tomorrow
Now in its second iteration, the Cultural Producer’s Programme zeros in on the issue of leadership succession in the cultural sector. The Cultural Producers Programme is a British Council initiative delivered by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) in a partnership with collaborative leadership and resilience development organisation, Common Purpose South Africa, and the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE); an organisation committed to the global reach of Africa’s contemporary arts industry and contributing to the continent’s development of future work. Together these partners will deliver a programme that helps young cultural leaders step up and expand their vision, voice and participation in the sector. 22 Jan 2024 Read more

Basa hosts 'My Debut Story' panel discussion: Celebrating the success of emerging creative entrepreneurs
Business and Arts South Africa gears up to host the 'My Debut Story' panel discussion, an integral part of our Debut Programme. Scheduled to take place on 2 November 2023, this engaging discussion will be hosted at the prestigious Soweto Theatre. A remarkable assembly of select alumni from the second iteration of the Debut Programme will share their experiences and the impact of the Debut Programme. 27 Oct 2023 Read more

26th Basa Awards celebrates symbiotic partnerships
Now in its 26th year, the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards, recognised projects that fuse the yin and yang of business and the arts to set a programme or project in motion. Celebrating 342 winning business and arts partnerships since its inception, the 2023 Basa Awards made a break from tradition and held its signature event in Cape Town for the first time. The ceremony saw finalists and guests entertained by South African dance legend and 2023 Basa Awards featured artist, Gregory Maqoma, jazz sensation Mandla Mlangeni, and electric violinist Kirsty Bows at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. 17 Oct 2023 Read more

The creative genius of Gregory Maqoma honoured as 2023 Basa Awards featured artist
On the eve of his retirement from stage performance - dancer, choreographer, mentor and cultural entrepreneur Gregory Maqoma will be celebrated by the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards as its featured artist. 9 Oct 2023 Read more

26th Annual Basa Awards commemorate Heritage Day by honouring exceptional collaborations in Business and Arts
Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) proudly reveals the exceptional finalists for the 26th Annual Basa Awards, honouring transformative partnerships between the realms of business and the arts. Basa, founded in 1997 as a collaborative endeavour between government and the private sector, continues its mission to cultivate innovation and mutual growth in South Africa through the arts. This year, the live announcement of the 48 finalists (24 partnerships) took place at the Living Room in Maboneng, heralding a return to in-person engagement and paving the way for the final award ceremony, scheduled for October 2023 at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town. 26 Sep 2023 Read more

Basa PESP4 call for proposals now open
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) invites registered small and micro enterprises operating within the cultural and creative industries to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) grant funding. 6 Sep 2023 Read more

New Basa directors appointed at 2023 AGM
Following a public call for nominations, Nizenande Machi, PJ Sabbagha, Phumza Rengqe and, Simon Camerer have been voted in as new directors of the board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) at the organisation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 17 August 2023. 22 Aug 2023 Read more

Debut Alumni Accelerator Programme
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has launched the Debut Alumni Accelerator Programme, scheduled to take place between September and November 2023. This is an extension of the Debut Programme, which provided emerging artists with the tools and support that they needed to implement and launch their creative projects over the span of three years. 4 Aug 2023 Read more

Basa call for board nominations
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) has four vacancies on the board of directors and the purpose of this notice is to call for nominations. 22 Jun 2023 Read more

26th Basa Awards nominations open
Nominations for the annual Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards are open. Compelling business and arts partnerships which took place in 2022 are invited to enter. Now in its 26th year, the Basa Awards singles out arts and business partnerships and initiatives that have positively impacted the creative, cultural, and business sectors. 1 Jun 2023 Read more

Basa invites Supporting Grant applications
The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Supporting Grants Programme is open for applications. Funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, to date more than 1,700 beneficiaries have received support of over R43m through the programme, leveraging in excess of R567m in sponsorship from the business sector. 20 Apr 2023 Read more

Call for Basa PESP4 review panel nominations
Business and Arts South Africa's (BASA) role in the implementation of PESP4 is focused on ensuring that the jobs created provide meaningful work experience for participants, which will assist them on their journey into the wider labour market, making participants 'work ready' as the economic recovery creates more sustainable jobs. 13 Apr 2023 Read more

BASA and IDC partner to showcase creatives
Drawing inspiration from the spirit of connection, mutability, and the organic nature of a culture in flux and emergence, What I saw in the water is a group exhibition that brings together three unique artists connected to the annual Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards. 28 Mar 2023 Read more

Debut programme empowers new graduates with entrepreneurial skills
Despite its low barrier to entry, the cultural sector can be difficult to navigate without business skills, strategic vision and marketing expertise. Meeting the need to provide creatives with these entrepreneurial skills, the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Debut programme, with the support of the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, has completed the second iteration of the Debut programme with the graduation of 24 participants in Cape Town on 24 November 2022. 29 Nov 2022 Read more

New directors voted to Basa board
Following a public call for nominations in August 2022, Lindiwe Letwaba, Lakin Morgan-Baaitjies, and Michael Garbett have been voted in as new directors of the board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) at the organisation's hybrid in-person and virtual annual general meeting (AGM) held on 29 September. 5 Oct 2022 Read more

Vrystaat Arts Festival 2022
In July, the Vrystaat Arts Festival successfully presented the first ever Mini-Market, on the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). Now the festival team is getting ready for a significantly larger festival, which will also take place on the UFS campus from 2-8 October 2022. 8 Sep 2022 Read more

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