Advancing Access and Advocacy


Advancing Access and Advocacy


Charles Landry SA EU Dialogue Presentation

Respected international authority on “the future of cities and the creative use of culture in urban revitalization”, Charles Landry, has authored several acclaimed books, one of the best known being The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators, where he puts forward the idea of culture as a hidden or missing dimension in urban or city planning. In this presentation titled Psychology and the City: The Hidden Dimension, which he shared at the 2022 Shukuma Mzansi! SA-EU Dialogue: Democracy in the Context of Culture organized by Sibikwa Arts Centre, he goes to great lengths to make a case for why culture is and remains the hidden and elusive dimension in the making of places and cities.

Community Arts Centres Toolkit 1: Definitions, Environment and Roles

This toolkit forms part of the capacity-building and information-sharing elements of the Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation – an independent, non-profit and public benefit entity, created by individuals within the sector to nurture, promote and celebrate contemporary South African dance and theatre. This toolkit – the first of a series of 6 toolkits for Community Arts Centres
and Arts organisations developed with the input and expertise of the community arts centres and organisations themselves, as well as with engagement from a range of longstanding experts within the field – focuses on Definitions, Environment and Roles. The toolkits are housed online along with other digital resources, on the STAND Foundation’s website and on the website of ASSITEJ South Africa’s Theatre4Youth programme, which provides resources for artists and which coordinated the production of the toolkits as commissioned by STAND.

Towards a Re-defined Approach and Mandate for Community Arts Centre Ecosystem Development in South Africa

Born from the research of Community Art Centre ecosystems in 4 South African provinces, this document provides a set of recommendations for the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to improve the delivery of its Provincial Community Art Centres Strategy.

Better Places, Liveable Spaces: The Charter for Local Development

Intended to facilitate creative and cultural place making at a municipal level, this Charter offers a people-centred and integrated approach to addressing local challenges whilst building liveable cities, towns and villages across South Africa.

Democracy in the Context of Culture Research Report

A policy driven document that supports the findings of several global research studies and policy processes showing that an overemphasis on the economic dividends of culture has overshadowed its important potential for developing democracy. This report offers a more balanced approach to cultural policy for the furtherance of democracy in local contexts.

Refining the Enabling Ecosystem for CACs

An infographic report highlighting the sectors issues of skills capacity, public engagement and participation, and vulnerability to collapse; and providing recommended solutions towards building a sectoral infrastructure that is sufficiently supported in achieving both National and Global goals.

Provincial Guidelines for Working with Community Arts Centres

Highlighting government’s commitment to enabling South Africa’s access to culture, this document provides the who and how necessary for an effective provincial organisational ecosystem that advances access to culture for local communities.

Policy Document for the Development of Local Arts and Culture Centres and Programmes

This is a policy document of the Department of Arts and Culture that establishes an enabling framework for the promotion and development of the contribution of local arts and culture centres and programmes to South African culture, society and economy.

White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage

Published in 2017, the Revised White Paper (RWP) was developed to better situate Arts, Culture and Heritage and Cultural and Creative Industries in the advancement of South Africa’s social economy. While many of the principles of the 1996 White Paper remain, this RWP has a particular focus on the sector’s economic growth.

Community Arts Centres and Local Culture and Governance Virtual Study Tour Videos

A product of the 4th Shukuma Mzansi! SA-EU Dialogue, exploring the possibilities for multi-stakeholder policy engagement, cross-sector collaboration and the establishment of a Local Cultural Governance Change Agenda, these virtual study tours from South Africa, Flanders, Ireland and Italy, illustrate the work being done to promote cultural inclusion, enhance participatory governance, and build social infrastructure that allow for safe, democratic and creative connections.

Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre, Limpopo Province, South Africa

The Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre is a government established (RDP) centre in the heart of Thohoyandou Town in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province. The Centre is suitably situated along the Punda Maria Road (Kruger National Park), inside a cultural precinct with separate buildings such as the Indoor sports centre, Information Centre, Thulamela Main Library and a 200-seater auditorium. The Arts and Culture Centre maintained by Thulamela Local Municipality, serves as hub of artistic and cultural activities, in the disciplines of visual art, indigenous craft, film and photography, and has a curio shop.

Atamelang Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre, North West Province, South Africa

Atamelang Art and Heritage Centre was established in 2014 to be the home for the community in all arts disciplines. Since its establishment, the Centre has managed to form partnerships with a number of stakeholders across the arts and culture sectors.

Sibikwa Arts Centre, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa

Established in 1988, Sibikwa is a multi-disciplinary Centre of Excellence, which has received multiple awards for its contribution to the creative and cultural industries, education and social transformation, through the arts. Specializing in music, dance, spoken word and drama, Sibikwa is committed to providing high-quality arts education and training, presenting world-class productions, and harnessing local and global partnerships. Sibikwa’s vision is for arts and culture to provide access, opportunities and advancement for the young, marginalised and disabled.

Tallaght Community Arts, Dublin, Ireland

Established in 1996 Tallaght Community Arts creates opportunities for artists and the people of South Dublin County to explore together the transformative and celebratory power of the arts for the wellbeing of all. Operating in South Dublin with the highest concentration of new diverse communities, sitting alongside pockets of historically socially and economically deprived indigenous neighbourhoods, Tallagaht is conscious of serving both and where possible fostering social cohesion through participatory arts work. Creating work with communities of locality and communities of interest with specifically targeted groups, Tallaght facilitates high quality processes and thoughtful outcomes for diverse audiences, with a focus on cultural diversity, disability and inclusion and fostering local emerging and young artists.

Associazione Inniò, Udine, Italy

Inniò (Friulian: nowhere, everywhere) is an association founded with the aim of promoting cultural diversity in all its forms, through research and the realization of projects in the field of culture, art and communication, with a particular focus on minority rights, languages and arts. Among its immediate and manyfold goals, INNIÒ aims at giving a new impetus and life to such an important and burgeoning festival as Suns Europe – where some of the most important cinematographic, musical, literary and artistic European productions are presented – as well as many other programmes and events, such as Radio Onde Furlane, a radio station in Friulian language which has been one of the liveliest cultural hotbeds in the region for the past 40 years.

Rataplan Cultural House, Antwerp, Flanders

Rataplan receives funding from the MEC’s office and has a close (working) relationship with the municipality and focus on socio-cultural and art projects that strive towards social inclusion. Rataplan is a place that excludes no one, that is open to experimentation and that brings people together and gives them a voice. It is founded on the principle of co-ownership: in programming, developing projects, day-to-day operations and governance. In this way, artists, participants and the public representing society and a broad, metropolitan community, feel at home. Rataplan works explicitly intergenerationally, stimulating both young and old based on a belief in the connecting power of the imagination.

MARU Theatre in education performance

Curriculum Alignment: Life Orientation, History, English and Creative Arts
Target: Grades 8 – 12

An adaptation of the novel by Bessie Head, the play tells a story about the liberation of the San people from ethnic and racial oppression and about the liberation of the Tswana people of Dilepe from their prejudices and hatreds. The story follows an orphaned Masarwa girl who comes to the community of Dilepe to teach and faces racism, prejudice and injustice. The play is followed by a discussion and Q&A session to deepen learner engagement with the topics presented. A discussion facilitation framework is available on request to

TRASH TRUCK Anti-litter theatre in education performance

Curriculum Alignment: Life Orientation and Creative Arts
Target: Grades 1 – 7

Using drama as a tool, the play, performed on a mobile flatbed trailer, engages young audiences in the importance of taking care of one’s environment under the theme of “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.” Addressing environmental awareness to inculcate the reduction in consumption and recycling waste, the multi-faceted concept implements the principles of participation. Associated activities are structured around the performance to facilitate the application or implementation of learning outcomes embedded in the performance. The initiative includes consultative workshops with teachers and an environmental audit by learners, clean-up project and a play about the environment by the learners. Activity and environmental audit templates are available on request to

THANDIWE WA BANTU Anti-bullying participatory performance

Curriculum Alignment: Life Orientation and Creative Arts
Target: Grades 7 to 12

A contemporary interactive issue-based play that seeks to create awareness and explore the realities of bullying taking place in our schools and communities. Using modern popular cultures, such as hip hop (rap), street dance and beat boxing, the performance presents this hard-hitting issue in a way that is both accessible and appealing to young audiences. The play employs participatory theatre techniques for engagement, reflection and dialogue; enrolling learners as social work students, and facilitating break away sessions for learners to explore topics in small groups and present their insights back to the audience. Reflection questions are available on request to

MEMORIES OF JUNE 16, 1976 Performance, Teacher Material and Learner Workbook

Curriculum Alignment: History, Life Orientation and Creative Arts
Target: Grades 7 to 12

This experience-based learning opportunity that actively engages learners, enrolling them as students who demonstrated on June 16, offers a meaningful intellectual, emotional and physical experience, ending with a discussion and Q&A session to deepen learner understanding. Teacher and learner workbooks are available on request to, outlining:
– the Bantu education policy, Black Consciousness Movement, and Lessons from June 16, and
– activities and tasks for learners to analyse information, identify and discuss issues, express and justify a view, and produce their own work (written, oral or a theatrical performance).

BANNA BA SEBELE (CINGA! WENZE NDODA!) Gender-Based Violence Participatory Performance

Curriculum Alignment: Life Orientation and Creative Arts
Target: Grades 7 to 12

An interactive play that focuses on the role and responsibilities of men to end cycles of domestic and gender-based violence (GBV). Depicting the realities of GBV in South Africa and artistically exploring gender dynamics, this digital teaching resource, suits varying audio-visual resources available in schools, and offers teachers a tool:
– to facilitate learning around this prevalent social issue,
– explore the use of creative arts to address, reflect, discuss and action change, and
– to elicit change in the way that young people think, communicate and behave; fostering healthier relational dynamics in society.

1789 French Revolution Performance of King Louis XVI

After six years in the making, Sibikwa Arts Centre in association with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Théâtre du Soleil brought Ariane Mnouchkine’s epic theatre piece “1789” to life on stage in Johannesburg in July 2023 – with the support of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Institute in Paris and the City of Paris.For this production, veteran directors (and founders of the Sibikwa Arts Centre), Phyllis Klotz and Bra Smal Ndaba assembled an incredible ensemble cast and crew to bring this historical masterpiece to life staying true to the original work of commentary and satire; transporting audiences to the streets of Paris, and following the journey of citizens on the rise against an oppressive regime in the quest for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. This video presents a short clip of the performance of King Louis XVI, played by Mlindeli Zondi.

1789 French Revolution with Ecole Nomade

After six years in the making, Sibikwa Arts Centre in association with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Théâtre du Soleil brought Ariane Mnouchkine’s epic theatre piece “1789” to life on stage in Johannesburg in July 2023 – with the support of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Institute in Paris and the City of Paris.This collaboration also brought with it the École Nomade: a two week immersive workshop series presented by 7 artists from the French avant-garde stage ensemble, sharing their methodology of collective theatre-making with over 60 South African creatives. This video presents the École Nomade process and the making of “1789″ at Sibikwa Arts Centre with interviews by Théâtre du Soleil artists, and the South African director and cast.

SO WHERE TO? (1989)

Written and directed by Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, the play examines the effects of political violence on three impressionable pregnant teenage girls. First staged at the Human Rights Festival in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

D.E.T BOYS HIGH (1991)

Written and directed by Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, the play tells the story of four boys in a high school toilet and their school janitor exploring the realities of the disillusioned pupils and a corrupt education system. The play was first staged at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

ILEMBE (2014)

A narrative in isiZulu, isiXhosa and English, directed and written by Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, depicts the last four months of King Shaka Zulu’s life as interpreted by four different people who were close to him. First staged at the Playhouse Theatre, Durban.


Set in the 1950’s, the play, created by the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, Malcolm Purkey and Pippa Stein, tells the story of a diverse and vibrant community of artists, journalists and politicians who defied apartheid laws and freely thrived in the dynamic hub of culture that was Sophiatown. This filmed presentation of the play is performed by Sibikwa Arts Centre’s Inclusive Creative Arts Programme learners, directed by Smal Ndaba. It was presented online as part of the Urban Festival, Johannesburg.


A collaboration between Sibikwa Arts Centre and Nhimbe Trust, directed by Zimkitha Kumbaca, exploring the contemporary phenomenon of “The Blesser”. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the play was developed in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, and filmed. It was first presented online as part of the Urban Festival, Johannesburg.