THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CREATIVE EXPO KICKS OFF TOMORROW WITH A SPEAKER LINEUP OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS
The Creative Industries Career Expo is a fresh and unique event providing a platform for learners to easily access information and gain insight into the different careers in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. Taking place from 11 – 13 March at Museum Africa in Newtown, the Career Expo is being hosted by Creative Knowledge, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Joburg Museum Africa, Creative Feel, the SAMRO Foundation and the Market Theatre Foundation.
Luminaries joining an impressive list of industry experts in music, dance, theatre, fashion, visual arts, design, photography and literature include fashion designer Palesa Mokubung of Mantsho who was the first African to collaborate with H&M; internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre ; David Tshabalala the graphic designer behind Slaying Goliath; Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance 2020 Lulu Mlangeni; The Market Theatre Artistic Director James Ngcobo and 5FM presenter Smash Afrika. Museum experts include Christopher Till will speak as will art curators Refilwe Nkomo and Gordon Froud.
The Expo is being implemented as a non-commercial event that will ensure accessibility to a diverse audience made up of school learners and educators from high schools, out-of-school youth, as well as other interested learners, educators and parents.
The main objectives of the Expo are “ To inform learners, educators and parents of the career opportunities in the creative industrie. To expose and promote courses being offered at relevant institutions. To strengthen learners’ capacity to access the creative industries. To inform learners of the potential benefits and challenges they could encounter in the creative industries. To encourage the importance and benefits of careers in the creative industries
The 2020 Expo will be held over three days and will include an Exhibition of Training and Education institutions and Arts Organisations and the courses they offer and various workshops and sessions.
CAREER GUIDANCE WORKSHOPS
An interesting line-up of speakers, including academics, industry experts and artists has been arranged for the Career Guidance Workshops. Speakers will share their knowledge and experiences in the creative industries and enlighten the audience about the different career opportunities in the various sectors, which will be broadly addressed as follows:
Performing Arts, Technical Production
Visual Arts, Graphic / Industrial / Textile Design, Fashion, Jewellery, Fine Arts
Film, Media, Animation, Broadcast, Photography
Heritage, Museum, Crafts, Culinary
Literature, Poetry, Libraries, Publishing
Workshops will take place daily as follows:
Creative Professions and More: Career Opportunities within and Beyond Creative, Cultural and Heritage Industries
The Parents’ Session is one of the centre pieces of the inaugural Creative Industries Career Expo (CICE) scheduled for 11-13thMarch 2020. The session is aimed at providing insights, explanations and information to parents regarding career opportunities for their children who want to pursue professions within the Creative, Cultural and Heritage industries (Creative Industries) in South Africa. Testimonies from many students who enroll for arts training programmes, point to strong reluctance and resistance from parents most of whom have limited, and in some cases, no understanding of these Industries in contemporary South Africa.
The arts and culture sector, now known as the cultural and creative industries, has significantly changed over the years due to digital technological advancement, and many parents are not informed about these changes and related opportunities. It is anticipated that parents’ engagement with a panel of academics, industry experts, seasoned arts promoters and veteran artists will help to de-bank myths, stigma and negativity associated with careers in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).
A five-member panel made up of renowned professionals in the CCIs sector, will share their knowledge, experience, insights and information with parents and their children. Most of these panelists are also parents who can speak from both professional and parent’s point of view. Each panelist will give provocations about prospects in the CCIs. A facilitator who is both a professional and an academic will steer the presentations and discussions to speak back to prospects and opportunities for aspiring arts practitioners. Parents will be given an opportunity to ask questions which will be directed to panelists.
The Parents Session takes place on Friday 13 March at 14h30 at Museum Africa in Newtown.
A workshop on Animation will be hosted by Goethe-Institut and Triggerfish Academy and will be open to around 30 people who are interested in animation. The workshop will be facilitated by Thulani Yose-Simantov, an educator at Triggerfish and will take place at 13h00 on Friday 13 March.
CAREER IN THEATRE4YOUNG AUDIENCES
ASSITEJ SA will present a talk highlighting the opportunities for creating work for young audiences, and what ASSITEJ SA can offer – what does it mean to be a Theatre4young audiences artist, what are the opportunities, how does this link to psychology, ECD, teaching, facilitating, international opportunities and give a broader sense of what is out there in the world in terms of TYA.