Competition For Artists From Southern Africa

The German artistic foundation kunst:raum sylt quelle, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut South Africa, have announced their 2010 competition for southern African artists. The competition is open to artists  of all disciplines from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.

The competition asks how Southern African writers, artists, choreographers, musicians and theatre-makers see their art in the context of the society they live in? What are the fundamental issues of their countries, and what ideas do they have for solving them.

The winner of the “Sylt Quelle Cultural Award for Southern Africa” will receive 10,000 Euro, which must be used to finance the proposed project. Selections will be made by an independent jury of art professionals. The competition is meant to encourage projects  that link culture and society, creating a context in which culture will have an impact on social structures and attitudes.

The realised project/projects will be presented at the Goethe-Institut South Africa, or associated venue, the kunst:raum sylt quelle in Germany, and other locations.

The award was initiated in 2008. The first winner was Ismail Farouk , who won for his Trolley Pusher’s Formalization Programme, an engaging and inspired inner city renewal scheme to legalize trolley pushing in the inner-city of Johannesburg.

Last year, the second annual Sylt Quelle Cultural Award for Southern Africa was presented to Mozambican choreographer Panaibra G. Candas for his piece that examined issues of power and military force in the context of Africa’s burgeoning democracies.

Applications are being received by the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg until October 1, 2010. They will be accepted via e-mail or CD only.